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William Patrick Britt, Longtime Volunteer, Dies at 79

The Bethel resident served on the Board of Finance for eight years.

William Patrick Britt, age 79, of Bethel, CT, died Friday, October 26, 2012 at The Carolton Nursing Home, Fairfield, CT. He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Crane) Britt.

William was born in Brooklyn, NY, December 18, 1932, a son of the late Leo A. and Margaret (Henderson) Britt. He was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn and received his Bachelors of Marine Engineering from the New York State Maritime College in 1955. He retired as Vice President of Engineering at Chase Packaging in Greenwich, CT.

He was a weekly volunteer at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen in Danbury for over 10 years. In Bethel, he was elected and served for 8 years as a member of the Bethel Board of Finance, was a former member of the Charter Revision Commission and a former member of the Building Commission. He was a member and former recording Secretary of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member and a former Vice President of the Danbury Railway Museum. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Bethel and a 55 year plus member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. William was also an eight gallon plus blood donor.

William is survived by his sons: William “Billy” Britt and his wife Kathleen, Michael Britt and his wife Catherine; daughter: Kerry Britt; grandchildren: Sean, Ryan, Michaela, Shannon, Reilly, Brittany, Sam, Mackenzie, Cameron and Maggie. He is also survived by sisters: Kathleen Britt, Bonnie Medler; and brother Buddy Britt. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sister: Ann O’Brien and brother: Joseph Britt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, Friday morning at 10 a.m.. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bethel, CT.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00.

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