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William E. "Billy" Calkins

July 4, 1948 July 22, 2018
William  E. "Billy"  Calkins
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WINSTED – William E. “Billy” Calkins, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at his home. Born July 4, 1948 in Winsted; the son of Shirley (Simons) Calkins of Winsted and the late William G. Calkins.

Billy proudly served in combat for the United States Army during Vietnam receiving four Bronze stars. He was a diverse individual who enjoyed motorcycles, sailing, hiking and photography. Billy was great at fixing things and he loved spending time in the outdoors.

He is survived by two sons, Justin Calkins and wife Julie and Michael Calkins, all of Torrington; siblings, Gary Calkins and wife Linda of West Hartland, Joan Ferrell and husband Larry of NC, Alan R. Calkins and wife Bernice of Torrington and James Calkins of KY; three grandchildren, Hunter, Kaylee and William H. Calkins, all of Torrington; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 9th at Peoples State Forest from 4 – 8 PM. Burial will be held on Friday, Aug 10th at Forest View Cemetery, Winsted at 11 AM with full Military Honors. Montano- Shea Funeral Home, 922 Main Street , Winsted has care of the arrangements. Visit an online guestbook at

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