Mr. William H. Hyatt, Jr. of Littleton NH passed away peacefully at his home on the evening of February 25. He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia (Brown) Hyatt, his son William A. Hyatt and wife Barbara Campbell of Glastonbury CT, his daughter Linda Hyatt-Tripp and husband Thomas Tripp of Allenstown NH, and five grandchildren (Ashley, Chelsea, Katery, Heather, and Ryan). Bill was born December 23, 1925, to William H. Sr. and Mary (Stuart) Hyatt of Norwalk CT. He is predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Jean (Haas) Hyatt and a sister, Jeanne E. Bartlett.
Bill’s greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends over food and drink at his home in Littleton. Time spent with family during travel and many outdoor recreational activities were also enjoyed. In later years, Bill and Virginia took many drives through the northern New England countryside frequently making long excursions to visit Virginia’s favorite spots in Maine. Bill was a lifelong do-it-yourselfer who took great satisfaction in undertaking ambitious home improvement projects, doing routine yard maintenance, and everything in between. He loved playing golf and was a member of the Bethlehem Country Club for many years and, more recently, a member of the Sunset Hill Golf Club, where he enjoyed the company of many fine friends known collectively as the “over the hill gang.” Bill always looked forward to annual trips to Connecticut to catch blue crabs on Long Island Sound with each adventure being followed by long evenings spent cracking crabs and drinking beer in the company of family and friends. Both he and his wife Virginia were avid Red Sox fans who rarely missed watching a game.
Bill graduated from Norwalk High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March of 1944. Upon completion of training at Parris Island SC and Cherry Point NC, he was assigned to a Dauntless Dive Bomber squadron at Eagle Mountain Lake Texas, and flew as a gunner. In 1945 as the dive bombers were removed from active service, Bill was transferred to Marine Headquarters in Alexandria VA where he served until honorably discharged in September of 1946. After leaving the service, he worked at various electroplating and metal finishing jobs while attending night classes at Bridgeport College and the University of New Haven. He graduated from the University of New Haven four-year Executive Development Program with the class of 1955.
Bill had a long career in the field of metal finishing having held various manufacturing positions including Manufacturing Superintendent with Zell Products Corp. of Norwalk CT, Plant Superintendent with Harper Leader of Waterbury CT, and Manufacturing Superintendent with Risdon in Danbury CT. Bill retired in 1991 while holding the position of Manager of Metal Finishing Operations for the Electrical Division of Burndy Corporation. He is a past-President of the Bridgeport CT branch of the American Metal Finishing and Electroplating Society.
Bill was a long time member of the First Congregational Church of Littleton NH, where he served as Chair of the Deacons and as Church Moderator. He is a 60+ year member of the Masons and was a member of the Golden Dawn Lodge #66 in Littleton.
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