The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

William Julian


Bill, beloved and loving husband of Barbara (Teti) Julian and son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Marshall) Julian, recently passed away.

As a young man, sports were his passion. He participat­ed in numerous athletic activities, football being his favorite. Bill often reminisced the by-gone days of Gilbert High School’s athletic achievemen­ts, particular­ly a stellar football season in the ‘50s when he was quarterbac­k. He was an avid NY Yankees’ fan and hailed the NY Giants.

After graduating Gilbert High School, Bill attended Bentley University in Massachuse­tts and later became an alumnus of what is now Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachuse­tts.

His work history included a brief stint in the mortuary business, 20 years as sole proprietor of Benny Nero’s Restaurant, and 25 years with the Town of Winchester, retiring in 2003 as Highway Superinten­dent.

One of Bill’s rewarding community efforts was coaching for Winsted’s youth football program. He was always delighted when one of his now-adult players would call out a friendly, “Hello Coach.” He was a volunteer firefighte­r with Winsted Aerial Ladder for 25 years, a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #844, and a participan­t in Winsted Athletic Club. While a restaurate­ur, he often provided for those less fortunate.

As a father, his favorite memories were the toddler years - always relishing the playfulnes­s of those so young. His daughter, Tracy, describes her Dad as a man with spirit, charisma, athleticis­m, intelligen­ce, and altruism. He was her mentor to become a fun-loving parent and public-spirited adult.

Bill lived in Winsted, Connecticu­t, most of his life. Always a sun worshiper, he and his wife moved to Arizona where sunny days, year-round activities, and extensive travels were shared.

The last several years saw his vibrancy decline to a calm, distant spirit; he remained a caring and special man – never complainin­g, accepting this chapter of his life, and smiling to the end.

All who truly knew and truly loved him will feel a forever void. For those who warmly shared in his life, love, and laughter, there will be many a memory to summon a smile.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, of 36 years and daughter, Tracy, he is survived by sons, Bill, Jr. (Franca), Barry (Sue); sisterin-law, Olympia Morelli; and several grandchild­ren, nieces, and nephews. His eldest son, Guy, predecease­d him. Recently he was fortunate to enjoy FaceTime moments with great grandchild­ren, Blake and Colbie Toussaint to whom he was “GG.”

Heartfelt gratitude is extended to our friend, Dorie, who remembered Bill throughout all the years; our niece, Loretta, and his “girlfriend­s” who cared for him with their hearts as well as their skills; and our loyal friends who stood near, if in voice only, offering support throughout this arduous journey.

Arrangemen­ts will be private. Donations in Bill’s name may be made to MakeA-Wish Foundation.

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