1926 – 2015

WINDSOR, Conn. — William J. Scanlon, 89, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., formerly of Mechanic Falls, died Thursday, June 11, at Kimberly Hall in Windsor, Conn.

He was born In Lynn, Mass., on June 2, 1926, the son of William M. and Evelyn Berry Scanlon. He served in the U.S Army during World War II, in the 84th Infantry (Railsplitters). In 1945, he received the Bronze Star for his heroic service.

William married Lena F. Duchette on July 3, 1948, and has been widowed since she passed away on July 24, 2012.

William had been employed by IBM as a senior engineering specialist for many years until he retired over 25 years ago.

He was active in the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4065, even serving as grand knight.


He enjoyed reading, music and sports. An avid New England fan, Bill enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox and Bruins, as well as the UConn Women’s Basketball Team.

Bill loved being in Maine and spent summers on Thompson Lake. He spent many hours on the lake as captain, taking long boat rides, fishing and simply enjoying his family and friends.

He took great pride in his family, including the whole Duchette family, which became his family when he married Lena, and also the Pylypshyn family. With his easygoing, gentle manner, he was loved and admired by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Lee and husband, Bob, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Patty Wert and husband, Bill, of Windsor, Conn.; grandchildren, Heather and Donald Blais, Nicholas and Melissa Wert, Amanda Lee and Rob Gill, Rebecca and Greg Essig and Jessica and Fred Gegenheimer; and great-grandsons, Liam Blais and Ryan Wert.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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