William "Bill" Nyles Wixon of Kensington, passed away at age 91 on Oct. 1, 2022. A graduate of Farmington High School class of 1949, he served his country during the Korean War as a member of the Army Finance Corps. Bill graduated from Bentley College and Brown University furthering his banking career, which culminated in a bank officer position at Berlin Savings Bank (now Webster Bank) in Berlin, where he retired in 1990 after 22 years of dedicated service.
Once retired from banking, Bill and his wife, Lorraine, became urban pioneers by starting an antique store at The Vega Hall building in New Britain, where they also lived. "The Vintage Shop" became a gathering place on Arch Street where they made new friends and helped many area families furnish and beautify their homes with antique furniture and fixtures.
Bill married the girl next door, Lorraine Edith Johnson, in 1954. The newlyweds forged their union by surviving the flood of 1955 where they lived near the Farmington River in Unionville. In 1969, they moved to Berlin, and over the years they restored and beautified a number of homes.
In addition to his loving wife, Lorraine, he leaves his son, Jeffrey David Wixon and three daughters, Sarah Ellen Prior and her husband, Lou; Melinda Elaine Slogesky and her husband, Anthony "Skip"; Laura Jean Frederick and her husband, Craig. Bill and Lorraine's beloved grandchildren include Stacia Facchini, Laura Prior, Benjamin Slogesky, Amy Fraser, Aaron Wixon and Andre Wixon, and their great-grandchildren are Ayla & Julia Facchini, Josephine & Eleanor Martin; James, Bryce & Colton Slogesky and Colin & Ryan Fraser. Predeceased by his brother, Paul Boegert, and sisters Betty Meyer and Ruth Tetreault, Bill also leaves a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
Bill leaves his Berlin Congregational Church family where he was a member for over 50 years. He served the church as Treasurer for many years, and sang in the choir. He also served his community by lending his time, energy and expertise to a number of organizations, commissions and boards. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin, CT on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. A private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in New Britain at a later date. The Carlson Funeral Home of New Britain is assisting with the arrangements. Please share a thought, prayer or memory with Bill's family at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Berlin Congregational Church in Berlin, CT.