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William J. Klemish, Sr., 86

William “Bill” John Klemish, Sr. of Westport died Sept. 11. He was 86.

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William Klemish: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Westport where he and his family have lived for generations. He was educated in Westport and was a star tailback for the Staples Wreckers where he and the team went undefeated in 1951.

He still holds many rushing records from his years as a Wrecker that have yet to be broken. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was very proud to serve his country.

Bill worked for Connecticut Light and Power/Northeast Utilities for 46 years and was president of the I.B.E.W Union.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, four children- William Jr (and Lori) Klemish of Parrish FL, John Klemish of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Michael (and Susan) Klemish of Monroe, and Mary Kate Klemish Boehm of Fairfield, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many, many friends.

Bill had many passions in life including his church, gardening, proprietor of Westfair Nursery, barbecuing at home, clamming in CT waters, traveling the US and his home on Anna Maria Island, Florida but none of these surpassed his love for his family; his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were everything to him. Not surprisingly everyone considered Bill their best friend and he had many.

Family and friends are invited to attend a church service on Friday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Sain Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Bill’s Honor to: The Veterans of Foreign Wars- http://www.VFW.org

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