Published in the Waterbury Republican-American
on September 16, 2012
William (Bill) was born in Waterbury on May 3, 1931, to the late Glen J. and Mary Dillon Creel. Bill attended Sacred Heart High in Waterbury and graduated in 1949 from Headland High in Alabama where he was the star running back for the varsity football team. While in high school, he also played professional baseball in the Alabama Florida Baseball League, attracting the attention of major league scouts.
Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, stationed in Guam during the Korean War. He worked 33 years with the City of Waterbury and retired from the Water Department.
Bill leaves his devoted wife of 56 years, Aline Landry Creel, brother Richard Creel of Arizona, daughter Mary and husband Mark Jeralds of Maine, son David and wife Teddi Creel, grandson David Zysk, granddaughters Carly Zysk and Aliza Creel, and great-grandsons Jordan, Brayden and Kobe Woodman.
Bill was best known for his selflessness, generosity, dedication, humor, and love of sports. He will always remain in our hearts.