NAUGATUCK — William S. Bush Sr., age 65, of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Saint Mary’s Hospital VITAS Unit in Waterbury.
Mr. Bush was born on Nov. 9, 1946, in Bronx, N.Y., son of Stephen and Ann (DiPietro) Bush. He graduated in 1965 from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. He was a tool and die maker for Howard Engineering of Naugatuck for many years and later sold cars for Tony Jr.’s Auto Sales in Waterbury.
Bill was a lifelong diehard Cleveland Browns fan, which he passed on to his family. His hobbies included collecting Lionel trains, owning and restoring classic cars which he entered into car shows, and watching NASCAR races as Dale Earnhardt’s No. 1 fan. Bill had a rough exterior but inside was a gentle man whose family was everything. He spent most of his time with his children and grandchildren, and his favorite pastimes were listening to the oldies and attending his grandchildren’s baseball and soccer games.
Bill is survived by his son, William S. Bush Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Naugatuck; his daughters, Donna Briglia and her husband, Domenic, of Wolcott, and Patricia Butler and her husband, Thomas, of Bristol; his grandchildren, Angelo Briglia, Autumn Briglia, Arianna Bush and Gianna Bush; his brother, Stephen C. Bush Jr. and his wife, Terry, of Elizaville, N.Y.; his aunt, Olivia Williams of West Haverstraw, N.Y.; and several cousins. Bill is also survived by Regina (Seiler) Bush, his former wife and companion, with whom he shared his life.
Bill’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Carolyn Brown, R.N. and the H.O.P.E. Team, Tina Antunes with CT Community Care and to his oncology nurse, Candace, at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven in Waterbury, who always made Bill laugh and smile.
A funeral will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at 9 a.m. from Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, with a service from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Naugatuck. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information and online condolences visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.
From The Waterbury Republican-American