Monday, January 28, 2008
Longtime Westport resident William D. Hutchinson passed quietly Sunday afternoon in his home at Whitney Glen, Westport.
Called Poppa by his family, Bill was a tremendous athlete, and credited his football coach at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, N.Y., for keeping him from becoming a “street bum,” and enabling him to attend Dartmouth College.
His tremendous athleticism made him a high school standout, excelling in both track and football. Eventually, his decision to make football his main concentration led to his giving up a possible swimming berth on the U.S. Olympic team.
A Dartmouth graduate (Class of ‘40), he was a mega football star, and multi-position All-American, earning him the nickname “Bullet Bill.” His involvement with Dartmouth football never diminished, and he assisted with the punters well into his 70s.
Bill played two seasons for the N.Y. Football Giants before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he commanded a PT Boat in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
After the war, Poppa worked briefly for the Coca Cola Company before finally settling into his lifelong career in advertising sales, working for such prestigious publications as: The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Look, Life, and finally, Better Homes and Gardens.
Bill was an avid supporter of his grandchildren’s’ high school athletic endeavors, an interest that continued long after his grandchildren graduated. His community involvement extended to Whitney Glen, where he served multiple terms as president of the Condominium Association.
He was a longtime board member of the New York Public School Athletic League, and Bill also served as president of the N.Y. chapter of the Touchdown Club, which, among other things, provides scholarships and support for inner city youth.
Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Mary, his childhood sweetheart from age 14. He is survived by his daughters Maryann and Patricia; grandchildren Matthew, Beth, Steven and Jeff, great grandchildren Ben, Sammy, Kate, and Marina; and members of the extended Miller, Ameden, and Uydess families, as well as his devoted caregivers of four years Cynthia English and Gloria Gayle.
Bill’s life was a model of personal and professional integrity, and right action.
In an era of big egos and small accomplishments Poppa stands as an example of great accomplishment and no ego.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 10 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. Entombment will follow in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bridgeport.
The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport, Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Hutchinson may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001
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