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July 4, 1927 – February 20, 2022

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William Neville
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Obituary for William Neville


“Member of the Greatest Generation”

OAKVILLE – William Thomas Neville, 94, passed away peacefully at home on February 20,2022 and has now joined his beloved wife, Rosemary.

William “Billy” was born on July 4, 1927 in Waterbury, the son of the late William T. Neville and Marcella (Gill) Neville and was raised surrounded by a large and loving family. Billy graduated from Leavenworth High School. As one of the “The Greatest Generation”, he proudly enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. He served on multiple ships including the ammunitions ship, the USS Akutan and was present for the surrender to Allied Forces in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. William received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 2 stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. After retiring from his military service, he married his one true love, Rosemary Murphy, where they eventually settled in Oakville. William began a career in trucking. During the” Flood of 1955” he provided first responder aid throughout the impacted communities. His personal accounts of these few days were a family treasure. William retired from the State of CT, Southbury Training School in 1992. Despite not having children of their own, Billy and Rosie successfully raised 8 children, 17 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Their home was always open to the Lynch clan, who were fortunate to live next door to them. Although blind and almost completely deaf, William had a masterful understanding of world affairs. He believed in democracy with all of his soul.

William is survived by his nephew, Frederick Gavigan of Bristol. Besides his wife Rosemary, William was predeceased by his sister, Marcella Gavigan, his brother, John Neville, and his niece Marcella Masi.

Funeral Services for Mr. Neville will be held privately, at the convenience of his family. The O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main Street Oakville, CT 06779 has been honored to care for William and his family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, to honor Billy’s memory, donations may be made to the Watertown Food Bank or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Memories last only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or personal memory on Williams’s tribute page at:

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Interment Information

Evergreen Cemetery Association
183 North St
Watertown, CT 06795
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