William R. McMahon, (89) “Bill” born November 4, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island passed away peacefully in his home in New Milford, CT, surrounded by his loving family on April 17, 2016.
He was the son of William P. McMahon and Esther Porter McMahon.
Bill enlisted in the U.S army in November 1944, participating in the Central Europe Campaign and serving in the Army of Occupation in Austria and Germany. He re-enlisted in the Army and served until January 1950.
Bill relocated to Connecticut upon his marriage to Elfreda “Elly” Maglio in April 1953. Employed by Sikorsky Aircraft until February 1960, at which time he joined the ranks of the Connecticut State Police. Among a number of assignments with the State Police, he was Resident Trooper in New Milford from July 1963 to September 1969. He served 9 years with the Statewide Organized Crime Task Force. In February 1983, he was appointed Chief of Security for the Division of Special Revenue – a State Agency charged with regulating legalized gaming in Connecticut.
Upon retirement from the State Service in February 1987, he was appointed to the New England State Police Information Network as Field liaison Officer for Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont. He retired from this position in February 1992 and then briefly served as a Deputy Sheriff for Litchfield County.
Active in Veterans Affairs for many years, he was a life member of the VFW Post 1672, a member of the American Legion and also a life member of the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He was a past President of the Litchfield County Police Association and the Connecticut State Police Alumni Association.
In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by three daughters, Maureen Otto, husband Michael of Connecticut, Susan Jolliffe, husband Richard of Florida and Christine Lucas, husband Edward of Connecticut He is also survived by Grandson Brennan Jolliffe and Granddaughter Alexandra Lucas. He is also survived by his sister Joan St. Germain of Providence, RI.
Predeceased by his parents and a sister Beverly Stilwell and a brother Raymond, who was killed in Action in Korea in September 1950.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday April 22, 2016 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, New Milford, CT. Burial will follow at Connecticut Veterans’ Cemetery, Middletown, CT at 1:30 PM with full military honors.
Friends may call on Thursday April 21 from 4 to 7 PM at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1672, 11 Avery Road, New Milford, CT 06776
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