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William P. Hale, Sr.

2/20/2019

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            WATERTOWN - William P. Hale, Sr., 90, of Watertown passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  He was predeceased by his wife, Nora (LeVasseur) Hale.

            Bill was born September 10, 1928 in Waterbury son of the late Robert J. & Catherine (Tiernan) Hale.  He attended Leavenworth High School in Waterbury before proudly joining the US Navy.  Bill served on the USS General William Mitchell and his tours took him to the Pacific Theater.  He had received many commendations and enjoyed telling stories of his adventures.

            Bill retired from the Watertown Board of Education, was a communicant of the Basilica of The Immaculate Conception, a longtime member of the Holy Name Society and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330.   He enjoyed golf, fishing, travelling and his never dull trips to Maine with his family. We will all miss his jokes and singing, especially serenading which was his finest talent. His true passions in his life were his wife, faith and his grandchildren.

            Bill is survived by his son, William P. Hale, Jr. and his wife Susan of Woodbury, his daughter, Shirley Louchen of Tennessee, his brother Erwin (Buster) Hale and his wife Mary of Sebastian, FL, his sister-in-law Ruth Hale of Waterbury, son-in-law Richard DiFederico, Sr. of Watertown, his nine grandchildren Lisa Coer of Watertown, Richard DiFederico, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Oakville, Anthony DiFederico and his wife Sharon of Oakville, Lynne Wade and her husband Mark of Wolcott, Shirleyann Duprey and her husband Lee of Watertown, Lenore DiFederico of Watertown, Stephanie Canada and her husband Tony of Tennessee, and William P. Hale, III and Kyle Hale both of Woodbury.  He is also survived by 20 great grandchildren, 13 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

            He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Carrroll Hale, three sisters Elizabeth Comito, Harriet Dolka and Barbara D’Abramo, daughter, Sharon DiFederico and son-in-law Stephen Louchen.

            Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Middlebury Convalescent Home for their exceptional care and warm compassion to Pé Pé.

            The Funeral will be held Monday February 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., Waterbury to The Basilica of The Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street for a Mass at 9:30 a.m.  Burial with military honors will follow in MT Olivet Cemetery, Watertown.  Calling hours are Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Watertown Park and Recreation Department, Attention: Lisa Carew, 61 Echo Lake Road, Watertown, CT 06795.

To send the family an online condolence, please e-mail us at murphyfh@sbcglobal.net

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