Surrounded by his loving family, William "Bill" G. Reardon passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The beloved husband of Janet (Quinn) Reardon, Bill was born on Feb. 23, 1932, to John F. and Mary Rose (Egan) Reardon, the fourth of their five children. Bill attended schools in Hartford, entering the U.S. Navy in 1951. A proud veteran, he served his country during the Korean Conflict. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 96, where he served as a trustee. He was named Honorary Post Commander in February 2015. Upon his return from the service, Bill joined the family business, The Hedges, in New Britain, one of the first banquet facilities in the Hartford area. Bill continued as proprietor until 1974 when The Hedges closed due to a fire. Billâ€™s career in the business continued until 2003 and included being the manager of the Officersâ€™ Club in Hartford.
Bill loved being Irish. He loved the traditions, music, and stories. It wasnâ€™t uncommon for Dad to begin a story with, â€śDonâ€™t laugh now, butâ€¦â€ť One of the biggest honors Bill received was being named â€śIrishman of the Yearâ€ť in 2004, by the Irish Community of the New Britain Elks. Bill was a man of great faith and was a member of the parish, St. Peter Claver for 45 years, where he served as an usher. Bill led by example and heâ€™d never hesitate volunteering to assist others. One of his favorite volunteer jobs was serving at the House of Bread.
Billâ€™s interests were limitless. An avid Red Sox fan, Dad stuck with them throughout many disappointing seasons. Bill enjoyed volunteering with Janet at the Bushnell for over 15 seasons. While keeping active was so important to Bill, he enjoyed reading books and spending time at Old Lyme Shores with family and friends. At the center of Billâ€™s world was his family. A devoted husband and father, Bill was in his glory when surrounded by his family sharing a meal, discussing politics or sports. His guidance, support and humor never waned. Bill was a constant source of love and an inspiration to each of us. He was our rock!
In addition to Janet, his wife of 59 years, Bill is survived by his children, Sharon and her husband, Bruce Cabell, of West Hartford, William Jr. and his wife, Margie, of Niantic, and Eileen of Newington. Additionally, Bill leaves his step grandchildren, Karen and Joseph Guice, Ken Cabell, and Scott Cabell, with whom he shared a special relationship as well as two great-grandchildren, Brody and Natalie Guice. Bill is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Reardon of South Windsor and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his siblings, Marie, Jack, Ed, and Paul and his brother-in-law, the Rev. John J. Quinn. He was also predeceased by his step grandson, Mark Andrew Wyzykowski,
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St, West Hartford. Burial with Military Honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, Whitman Avenue, in West Hartford. Memorial Donations in Billâ€™s honor may be made to the House of Bread, 27 Chestnut St., Hartford, CT 06120. Billâ€™s family extends their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Emergency Room Staff at Hartford Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com