Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 22, 1924. He attended Chaminade High School, played tuba in the marching band and acquired his lifelong interest in march music.
Drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II, he served in France, Belgium and Germany. He was lightly wounded and received a Purple Heart.
Returning after the war and using the G.I. Bill, he entered Manhattan College where he received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He married Patricia Lamb in September 1948.
After college, he worked for a time at American Bosch Arma Corporation. He moved to Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, Long Island, NY where he worked on the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for the Apollo project, the F-15 fighter aircraft and many others.
In 1983, he moved to United Technologies in Connecticut and worked on projects for Electric Boat and Sikorsky Aircraft. He retired in 1998.
Outside work, he and Patricia were familiar figures at ragtime music festivals across the USA and abroad. Bill also enjoyed gardening, reading and keeping abreast of current events.
After a brief illness, he died in New Haven, CT on June 1, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lamb Conn; his six children Gerard, Dennis, Peter, Nancy Spielberg, Mary Pagano and Kathleen; a sister Margaret (Peggy) Karandy; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is deeply missed.