Obituary: Irving Southard

Irving Southard

NAUGATUCK — Mr. Irving “Bill” Southard, 90, of Auburn Street, passed away on Friday, March, 16, 2012 at Glendale Health Center. He was widower of Helen (Yocius) Southard.

Mr. Southard was born in Waterbury on Jan. 13, 1922, son of the late Clifford and Laura (Stauffer) Southard. He was a longtime Naugatuck resident since 1946, moving from Waterbury. He retired from the Footwear Division of Uniroyal, Inc. where he worked for 33 years. He proudly served his country in the Army during World War II in North Africa, Italy, and Austria campaigns. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 17 for 63 years and its oldest member. He was also a member of the VFW Post 1946, the Shepherd Salem Masonic Lodge 78, 33 degrees for 26 years, the AARP in Middlebury and an avid pool player at the Middlebury Senior Center.

He leaves a son, Alan Southard of Naugatuck; his very close friend of many years Dorothy “Pat” Little of Middlebury; dear friends Karen and Justin Bunker and family; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Arnold Southard and his sister Shirley Faller.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. Members of the Naugatuck Veteran’s Council will meet at the funeral home at 6p.m. Private burial with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Baseball, P.O. Box 226, Naugatuck, CT 06770.

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