Posted by Hartford Courant on November 14, 2021.
William A. (Bill) Conner, a retired electrical engineer and resident of Canton, passed away peacefully at home with his family on October 16, 2021 at the age of 77, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean, their sons Evan and Ryan, and his three sisters, Beth, Karen and Colleen. Originally from Texas, Bill has always been fascinated by technology. As a teenager, he was an avid amateur radio operator, operating under the callsign K5GMX. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he spent two years in Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer. Returning to Texas Tech to earn his masters degree, he met Jean and they were quickly married in 1971. He developed his career working for Collins Radio and Rockwell International, living in both Texas and Saudi Arabia. In the early 1980s, Bill welcomed his two sons Evan and Ryan, raising them in Plano, Texas, before returning once again to Saudi Arabia as a project manager for Saudi Aramco. It was there that he developed a passion for sailing, scuba diving and softball (Go Dummy Load!). As a former Scout himself, he was active in his children’s scouting, volunteering in leadership positions and helping them both achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He retired to Connecticut in 1999, where he was able to do the things he loved most: playing the saxophone in community groups, continuing with amateur radio (bouncing signals from the moon!), Practicing sports like racquetball and golf and camping in the Appalachians. Track. He was a longtime steadfast fan of the Dallas Cowboys, UConn women’s basketball and Jeopardy! His wacky sense of style and humor are fondly remembered. He was a caring, generous and gentle soul who made a positive and lasting impression on everyone he met. He will be forever missed by his family and friends. Donations in his memory can be made to the Simsbury Community Band: PO Box 201, Simsbury, CT 06070-0201. For online condolences, please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.