BEACON FALLS — William F. Ford, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Dolores (Ruppe) Ford.
Mr. Ford was born on Dec. 13, 1925 in Waterbury a son of the late Raphael E. Ford and Helen (Ahearn) Ford. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School Class of 1943 and was class president and a member of the Cheshire Community Band and the Naugatuck Historical Society. He attended Yale University and graduated from UConn School of Pharmacy. He joined his father as owner of Ford Pharmacy in Naugatuck for 42 years which is still in business today. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran having fought in the invasion of the South Pacific
Besides his wife of Beacon Falls he is survived by six daughters, Joann M. Ryan of Naugatuck, Eileen Zeidler of Naugatuck, Mary E. Jokubaitis of Middlebury, Christina A. DaSilva of Naugatuck, Carol A. Ford of Deerfield, Mass., and Kathleen M. Rau of Naugatuck; one son, William F. Ford Jr. of Waterbury, seven step-children, Laura Farley of Florida, Rebecca Farley of Texas, Margaret Scholan of Florida, Kenneth Farley, Jr. of Florida, Therese Flannery of Seymour, David Farley of Beacon Falls and George Farley of Florida. He also leaves his sister, Bernice Cronin of Fairfield, 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Malone) Ford and one daughter, Nancy E. Nichols
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 25 Maple Ave., Beacon Falls. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with full military honors will be in St. James Cemetery. Friends may call at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck on Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 25 Maple Ave., Beacon Falls, CT 06403 or the Howard Whittemore Library, 243 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770.
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