William R. Connell, age 71, a 43 year resident of Ferndale, Michigan passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home. He was born on Friday, August 29, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan.
William is the Beloved Husband of Carol. Dear Father of Billy Connell, Brigette (Jim) Mills, Dawn (Jeff McKee) Connell, Colleen Connell and Bobbi (John Hormez) Connell. Grandfather of Chucky (Becky), Bobby (Tasha), Brittney, Kelly, Dalton, Marty, Alyssa, Bradyn, Olivia and Bryson. Great-Grandfather of Zachary and Mason. Brother of Tom, Mike and Dennis.
William was an active member in the Hazel Park Community. He coached midget league baseball for over 30 years. During and after this time, William and his grandson, would collect and donate food and clothing to the needy. William was an active member of the UTU local 1477 Union. He was hired into Conrail Railroad in 1966, where he later retired from in 2005 after 39 years of hard work and dedication. He loved nothing more than his family, friends, poker and helping others.
Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 25th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Funeral Service on Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 11:00 am at Hopcroft Funeral Home, 23919 John R. Road, Hazel Park, Michigan. Burial at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan.