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61 South Road
P.O. Box 1094
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-749-2244
Fax: 860-763-2815
William Bouchelle

William Taylor Bouchelle Jr.

Tuesday, March 10th, 1942 - Monday, February 25th, 2019
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William T. Bouchelle, Jr., age 76, of Somers, CT passed away suddenly on Monday, February 25, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital. He was the son of the late W. Taylor and Mary Alice (McSherry) Bouchelle.

Bill was a graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Hamilton Standard in 1964 and worked in Sea and Space Systems for 36 years, retiring in 2000. He proudly held the title of Engineering Manager and worked tirelessly on the space suits worn by the U. S. astronauts, the Apollo project and the Space Shuttle. His first assignment was in support of the Apollo Emu Portable Life Support System, built by Hamilton Standard. That equipment allowed astronauts to explore the moon's surface for some 162 hours.

In his spare time he was a member of the Somers Fire Department for over 40 years, being awarded Fireman of the Year in 2017. He held the position of Engineer and Treasurer. He loved the fire department and worked tirelessly in responding to fires, maintaining the various equipment and keeping track of the funds of the department. He could often be heard saying "you want to buy what and how much". He was treasurer for over 20 years and loved the responsibility. He was a spread sheet guy and analyzed everything.

Bill was a lover of trains since he was 9 years old. He had a secret train in his closet at his home in Scarsdale that his family did not know was there. He had a small layout in college as well. Everywhere Bill went a train setup followed. He was an enthusiastic member of the Amherst Railroad Society and the CT Eastern RR Museum in Willimantic.

Bill was married to Ann Marie Bouchelle for 53 years. He leaves a son William T, III, and his wife Cindy Bouchelle and a granddaughter Angelica Marie of East Windsor, CT. Survivors also include two sisters Anne D. Lawshe-Uth, of Huntington NY, and Sherry Billhimer of Gulfport, FL, and a brother Robert Bouchelle of Melbourne Beach, FL, as well as numerous cousins. Bill also leaves special friends Andy and Alice Gabriel, Fran and Walt Olszewski, Pauline and Bob Sciaretta, Dick and Nancy Joyce, Tom and Judy Mehl, and Bill Meier.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13th at All Saints Parish, 25 School Street, Somersville, CT at 11:00 am with a reception following at the Somers Fire Department, 400 Main Street, Somers, CT. Burial will be private at a later date per the family’s wishes.

In lieu of flowers, gifts, contributions may be made to the Somers Fire Department, 400 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071; The Amherst Railroad Society, 1130 South Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069.

Everyone keeps asking why Bill left us so soon. It is because his mission was completed. We must cherish his smile, his dry sense of humor and his genuine love of life. Maine, cocker spaniels, lobster and his family were his most cherished possession. We will miss him forever. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Somers Funeral Home. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
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    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 11:00am
    All Saints Church
    25 School Street
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Posted at 08:51am
My deepest condolences to the family for their loss. May the many good memories you have of William bring you comfort. The God of all comfort sees the tears brought on by the death of our loved ones Psalms 56:8. He yearns to bring back those sleeping in death Job 14:14,15 to a time when sickness,suffering and death will be no more. Revelation 21:4.


Posted at 08:14am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of Bill. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15) I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)

Bill Higgins

Posted at 11:44am
My sincere condolences to Bill's Family in your loss. Bill was my first boss at Hamilton Standard when I was hired to work on the Spacesuit Program in 1980. Bill was a real gentleman and a fair and understanding boss. He will be sorely missed by all. Bill Higgins

Vivianne Grabinski

Posted at 10:01pm
Sincerest condolences to Ann Bouchelle and family. May the happiest of memories with him, console and comfort you.

Alice-Marie Worthington Posted at 09:01pm

My Dear Ann and Billy it's a miracle I happened to find this obituary online when I was checking something else in Somers. I am so shocked & saddened & my sincerest thoughts are with you all. Bill was definitely one of the "good guys" that I remember well with my Father. It was only about 3 years ago when I saw you last at the picnic with Bill seeming as vibrant as he was many years ago! Be as well as you can be during this very difficult time. Alice-Marie Worthington, Ocala, FL & Somers, CT

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