November 18, 1942 – July 20, 2018
William “Bill” Merrill, 75, of East Hartford, loving husband of 49 years of Carla (Skold) Merrill, passed away unexpectedly at his home to be with our Lord on Friday, July 20, 2018. Born in Providence, RI on November 18, 1942, a son of the late Lowell B. and Svea (Halberg) Merrill, he had been a resident of East Hartford for over 25 years. Bill was a graduate of Syracuse University, Class of 1965 earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduating from Syracuse, he entered the U.S. Navy and was a proud veteran serving our country in the Panama Canal Zone. Bill began his professional career in 1968 at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and was a dedicated administrator for over 39 years at Pratt & Whitney both in East Hartford and West Palm Beach, FL. A devout Catholic, Bill was a faithful communicant of St. Christopher Church, East Harford. In addition, he was an avid fan of college football and basketball, as long as the Syracuse Orangeman were playing. He loved automobiles (especially sport cars), animals (especially cats), his yard and feeding the birds, watching James Bond films, and having breakfast daily at Anna’s Restaurant in East Hartford. Most of all, though, he loved the life he made with his wife Carla and their beautiful family, and will be remembered as a very generous, kind, and gentle man who was well organized and who cherished his time with his entire family. Along with his beloved wife Carla, Bill is survived by a son, Lowell Bradford Merrill and his wife, Jenny, of Chattanooga, TN; two daughters, Laura M. Godfrey and her husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, FL, Emily Jeanne Merrill and her significant other, Lou Lesko, of Marin, CA; three adored grandsons, Logan, William, and Maximus Godfrey all of Jacksonville, FL. He also leaves a sister, Joan M. Foland and her husband, Lowell, of Fayetteville, NY; a nephew, Todd Foland; two nieces, Amy O’Rourke and her husband, Dennis, Louise Hoerter and her husband, Michael; his best friend and neighbor, Sal Locario; and many former co-workers and friends. Funeral service will be Wednesday (July 25, 2018) at 9 am from the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Harford with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Christopher Campus of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. Burial with military honors will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Bill’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday (July 24th) from 4-7 pm at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Protectors of Animals, 144 Main Street, Unit O, East Hartford, CT 06118. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.
- Public Visitation Tuesday, July 24, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Kerry Lee Doehr
July 26, 2018
Dearest Emily and Family;
I am so sorry for your loss. It is evident that William was the embodiment of living and loving life fully and richly. I know you all were better for having had him in your lives; and he with you in his. May loving, living memories comfort each of you.
Kerry Lee Doehr
Santa Barbara, CA
July 24, 2018
Dear Carla and family:
Please accept my condolences on the passing of an incredible man. I will always be grateful to Bill for the mentorship he provided me when I was a young HR Professional at Pratt and Whitney FL. Bill was always so passionate and larger than life when it came to anything related to his family to whom he was devoted; to his Orangemen; and to his quest to always be excellent in the performance of workplace duties.
No one will ever be more organized than Bill in my mind as he always had a meticulous desk, perfectly labeled files and a weeks' supply of sharpened pencils at the ready. His military background was certainly evident on the job in his desire to serve both managers and employees to the very best of his ability. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor, a gusto and enthusiasm for life and a can do attitude that inspires me as much today as it did back in the 1990s when I worked with him.
Bill touched so many lives throughout the years and he will live on in many hearts for years to come.