PLANTSVILLE, Conn., and PRESQUE ISLE – William “Bill” Belanger, 86, of Presque Isle, and Plantsville, Conn., passed away Jan. 16, 2014, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. Born on Dec. 18, 1927, to the late Francois and Josephine Belanger, he was one of 18 children.
Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Eloise (Lagasse) Belanger; four sisters; and five brothers. Bill leaves a wife, Wilma (Michaud) of Plantsville, Conn.; brothers, Joel, Aurele, Nelson, Wilson, Walter, Richard and Bernard; a sister, Doris; a son, Jody and his wife, Tina; and five daughters, Jane and husband, Jim, June and husband, Randy, Joan and husband, Todd, Judy, and Jean and husband, Steve; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by six stepchildren, Linda, Karen and husband, Mike, Susan and husband, Andreas, Brenda, Brian and wife, Karie, and Lisa and husband, Ed; as well as 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Caribou and Presque Isle, and he was employed by A&P Stores for 25 years. Bill then owned his own Star City IGA store for several years and worked for Larry Thibodeau for over a decade. His passion was woodworking and spent many hours in his shed creating birdhouses and rocking chairs, among other things.
A service will be held at St. Aloysius in Plantsville, Conn., to honor his memory at the convenience of his family. A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Parish of the Precious Blood, Presque Isle. Interment will be at North Main Street Catholic Cemetery, Presque Isle. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.