William R. Browne

November 18, 1948March 13, 2019

William R Browne, whom we called Billy, was born November 18, 1948 at Grace New Haven (now Yale New Haven) to the late William Henry Brown and Patricia Edna Goddard - Browne. He departed for his heavenly home on March 13, 2019.

Billy attended Hillhouse High School and graduated in 1967. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Dyke College, Cleveland, Ohio in 1972.

He worked as a group leader for Turbo Productions International. He was a sports fanatic; basketball, football, and baseball. He enjoyed watching and attending games. Some of his favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox's, New England Patriots, Cleveland Indians and Browns. He also enjoyed watching college games too. Music was also his passion; jazz, blues, country, and gospel was always being played or enjoyed live. Everyone loved Billy for his contagious laugh, warm smile, and welcoming presence. He was the best friend anyone could have - caring and loyal. He never forgot a birthday, and always sent the best cards ever! He loved to have a good time, and to be with the people he loved.

He is mourned by sisters Binta R Reid (Eric), and Ina Schwartz (Mike). His nieces Oni Muhammad, Tamu Rembert (Winfred), Thembi Mwando, and nephew Malachi Mwando, and a host of family, friends and loved ones. Visitation will be Friday March 22, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Labenski Funeral Home 107 Boswell Avenue Norwich. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


22 March

Calling Hours / Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue
Norwich, Connecticut 06360


William R. Browne

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Denise Soja

March 21, 2019

Bill was my friend, my pal and my buddy. He was always there to listen to me, and laugh with me. We would take rides together and he would tell me stories of his life. He had a full life with people who loved him. . He loved people unconditionally and always tried to put a smile on your face. I miss you everyday. I love you my friend and could you tell the big guy to send that winning powerball ticket. Lots of love

Colleen Clark Moneypenny

March 20, 2019

Billy was my brothers best friend. He became a part of our family since the early 70’s . When Mike passed. He continued to be my strength and other brother . I’ll miss your laugh and our private talks and you always telling me you loved me. I hope you are laughing and pain free now say hi to Mike and Dad for me . Love you to the moon and back Colleen

Roberta Ritchie

March 20, 2019

Bill and I met in 1973 at United Nuclear and became instant friends. We recently kept in contact daily and shared so much of our lives. He was not just a friend but a family member and we'll all miss him.

Joan Goldman

March 19, 2019

Billy was the most compassionate caring person I have met. I met him at Ina’s home over 30 years ago. Oh how I remember all the laughs and playing with Jason and then Robbie.
He was always there. Billy you will be missed by so many but you will always be in my heart.
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I am truly so sorry for your sorrow.
Always ❤️

David Vanner

March 18, 2019

I met Bill when I was working at ozone in East Lyme ct.He and I got to be close friends. We went to some Connecticut Sun basket ball games.We also stayed friends after I Left.He got me into some Jazz music. He and I tried to meet once a month for dinner. He was part of our family. He watched our son Joel grow up. That's when he was called uncle Bill .We will miss him dearly.My heart goes out to his Family.