William Blair

William M. Blair Jr.

Sunday, April 27th, 1924 - Monday, January 14th, 2019
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Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather & Great Grandfather

WATERBURY – William M. Blair Jr. On Jan 14th while sleeping peacefully at home, Bill decided that it was about time to visit his beloved wife Martha to whom he was married for 70 years. Born in Waterbury on April 27, 1924 to Bertha (Stelzel) and William M. Blair, Sr., he was their only child and one who would distinguish himself throughout his nearly 95 years.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Bill soon found himself attending Officer’s Candidate School at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He fought bravely while serving in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant, and was ultimately awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star “for utter disregard for his personal safety,” and the Order of the Red Star granted by the former Soviet Union. He received that award for leading the first American patrol to link-up with their allies east of Germany’s Elbe River and north of Berlin on May 2, 1945.

When Bill returned to Waterbury, his focus turned to another link-up, that with the woman who would become his wife and mother to seven children. They married on October 5, 1946, and raised their family in the Fairlawn section of Waterbury where both Martha and Bill passed away in their home.

Bill spent nearly his entire professional career in banking. He started at the former Citizen’s Bank, which later became Colonial Bank and Trust. He earned advanced banking certificates from Williams College School of Banking and Rutgers Stonier School of Banking and was responsible for educating hundreds of aspiring bankers while teaching for the American Institute of Banking through Post College. He retired in 1986 as a Vice President in charge of Corporate Cash Management.

Much of Bill’s working life was also spent with his involvement in numerous civic and church-related organizations. He was a co-chair for the United Way Annual Campaign, a former member of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce and served on the East End Community Center Board of Directors. Bill was an advisor for area DECA Clubs, the president of the Men’s Mercantile Softball League, and a member of the parish council of SS. Peter and Paul Church. He was recently honored by Archbishop Leonard Blair for his contributions to the parish and was the recipient of the Saint Joseph Medal of Appreciation.

Always active outside of work, Bill was fiercely competitive in tennis, golf, and pick-up basketball games. He and Martha could often be seen playing mixed doubles during much of the 80’s and early 90’s, and for certain you would find him playing in area golf leagues into his 80’s.

Bill is survived by his children: William T. of Litchfield, Robert of Falls Village, Bruce and his wife Kathy of Wolcott, Barbara Jackson and her husband Gordon of Austin TX, Elizabeth Mascia and her husband Anthony of Prospect, Beverly Wawer and her husband Mark of Litchfield, and daughter-in-law Bonnie of Thomaston. He also leaves his loving grandchildren: Rebecca, Jennifer, Courtney, Daniel, Keith, Sarah, Anthony, Cody, John and Nathan. He was predeceased by his son Brian, daughter-in-law Diana, and granddaughter, Denise Blair.

Bill’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Quinn, Dr. Ruggiero, caregivers Agnes & Sasha of EuroHomecare, and the wonderful hospice team at Hartford HealthCare, for all the caring comfort and support they provided to Bill and his family.

Funeral services for Mr. Blair will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 9:00am from Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home, 1987 East Main St., Waterbury, CT to SS. Peter and Paul Church, 67 Southmayd Rd. to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with Bill’s family on Friday, January 18th from 4:00 until 7:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, to honor Bill’s memory, donations can be made to SS. Peter & Paul Church, 67 Southmayd Rd., Waterbury CT or to St. Leo’s Church, 14 Bentwood Dr., Waterbury CT. To share an on-line expression of sympathy or for additional information, please visit the funeral home website:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 18th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 9:30am
    Saints Peter & Paul Church
    56 Southmayd Rd
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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    Rev. John Lavorgna
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    2324 East Main ST
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Pete Fox

Posted at 01:53pm
Billy, Bob and family - I loved the obit about Bill being fiercely competitive in tennis... Brought back a flood of great memories of all the tennis we played at St. Margaret-McTernan. Bill was an inspiring teacher and always had my back at Colonial Bank. He called me a few months ago to tell me he enjoyed my Letters to the Editor...though I don't know if he agreed with them in their entirety. Bill and your mom were such good people...The Greatest Generation to be sure. God bless all of you! Pete Fox

Posted at 06:07pm
So many wonderful childhood memories of growing up in Fairlawn included your special Mom and Dad welcoming the neighborhood kids to their home...Sincere sympathy sent to all of the Blair family in your loss of a great dad.
Peggy (Gavin) Clancy.

Thomas Hills

Posted at 02:25am
Our sympathies to Bill’s family thoughts and prayers are with you all.. It was such a pleasure to have known him and to play golf with him in the Mulligan league. May he R.I.P.

Veronica LeDuc

Posted at 11:33am
Barbara, Bill and the rest of the Blair family: I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. I am in Arizona visiting with my daughter and am unable to tell you in person how much I admire your dad and am always grateful for the kindnesses he and your mom showed me growing up. How blessed you are to have had him with you for so many years. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Ronnie Lefevre LeDuc

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