Condolences & Memorials
Past Chief Wilfred "Will" Bennett - Windsor CompanyWilfred C. "Will" Bennett, 88, a lifelong resident of Windsor, and former Chief of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, passed away early Thursday morning (May 19, 2011) at the Windsor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Son of the late Wilfred J. and Nellie (Milo) Bennett, also of Windsor, Will was born and educated in Windsor and was a graduate of John Fitch High School Class of 1942. Wilfred retired after many years as an accountant of the research labs at the United Technologies Corporation. He was a life time member of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Company which he joined in 1955 as well as serving as Chief from 1980 - 1982. Will also was a member of the New England Fire Chiefs Assoc., and the CT Fire Chiefs Assoc., as well as the Washington Lodge # 70 A.F. & A.M., of Windsor. He also enjoyed his daily walking routine around the center of Windsor, an idle conversation with a friend or playing an occasional round of golf with his family and friends. Will was a veteran of WW II serving with the United States Navy as a machinist mate on board the destroyer USS Bullard (DD660) and was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, WW II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 9 stars. He was the beloved husband of the late Betty-Jean (Robinson) Bennett who died on September 15, 2010 and leaves two sons, James Bennett and his wife Theresa of Windsor, and William Bennett of Manchester; two daughters, Nancy Greenwood and Carol Elkins and her husband Scott, both of Windsor; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Bennett of Windsor; seven grandchildren, Lisa Bennett, Christopher Bennett and his wife Nicole, Michelle Greenwood, Lindsey Bennett and her fiance Charles Cliff, Jennifer Bennett, Jonathan Elkins, and Sarah Elkins; two great grandchildren, Reagan and Avery Bennett; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Arlene Wessel and brother, Donald Bennett.
Firefighter Robert "Bob" Watts - Windsor CompanyRobert Dean Watts, 50, of Windsor, died suddenly, unexpectedly in the line of duty while serving with the Windsor Fire Company on Monday, April 18, 2011. Born on August 1, 1960 in Bloomsburg, PA, he was the son of Leland and Nancy (Chrisman) Watts. Robert grew up in Manchester, CT and had lived in Windsor for the past 10 years. Bob served our country with the U.S. Marine Corps. A volunteer with the Windsor Fire Company for the past 8 years, he had also volunteered with the Manchester 8th Utilities District Fire Department for 5 years. Fire service and helping others was his life. He was always willing to help a friend or anyone in need. He was also a member of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Sheldon's Horse a Revolutionary War Recreation Unit. Bob was a loving and devoted son, father, brother and friend who�s memory will be cherished forever. Along with his parents, Leland and Nancy Watts of Boyertown, PA, he leaves his two children, Allen and Christina Watts of Windsor, his brothers, James Watts of Boyertown, PA and Steven Watts of Manchester, his sister, Sheri Matthewson and her husband Kurt of Griswold and many nieces and nephews.