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William Richard Voorvaart
November 3, 1964 ~ September 5, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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William Richard "Bill" Voorvaart, passed away on September 5, 2023, in Windham, CT. He was born in Des Plaines, Illinois, on November 3, 1964 to John and Patricia Voorvaart before moving with the family to Simsbury, CT.
Billy's family was his pride and joy and he worked continuously to show that. Christina, his wife of nearly 29 years, was the love of his life. Their son, Tucker, inherited his father's immense compassion, while their daughter, Bailey, got his steadfastness and strong work ethic. His mother, Patricia (Matthews) Voorvaart, formerly of Simsbury, CT, inspired Bill with his culinary passion. He is survived by his siblings Peter Voorvaart (and wife Darla) of Windsor Locks, Lisa Voorvaart of Granby, CT, and Tara Derouen (and husband Michael) of South Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, John Voorvaart, sister, Rose Voorvaart and brother, Henry Voorvaart.
He was a proud graduate of the Culinary Institute in Farmington, where he specialized in French cuisine. However, it was at the pipefitter trade school where he found his true calling. He spent 15 rewarding years as a sprinkler-fitter for Local 669, lending his "dad" jokes to his coworkers and became known by his nickname "quarter turn Bill."
Bill was a man of many passions, He was a history enthusiast, he could often be found at the kitchen table crafting intricate WWII model airplanes, a hobby that was equal parts precision and creativity. His love for history also saw him become an active member of the CT Eastern Railroad Museum, where his talents were used to help restore a railbus. He also helped to restore the Milldale depot train order signal in Southington, CT with fellow train enthusiast and was a featured story in the town newspaper. But perhaps his greatest source of fun was hot-rodding. His 1970 Chevy Nova was his original baby, that became a restoration and and he enjoyed taking it out for an occasional spin as well as showing it at local car shows.
To describe Bill as kind, funny, and generous would be an understatement. He had a knack for making people laugh, a gift for giving, and a heart that was as big as his sense of humor. His dad jokes became legendary, with family, friends and coworkers.
Bill's laughter will echo in our hearts, his generosity will inspire our actions, and his memory will bring a smile to our faces. We will remember him not with tears but with laughter, and memories because that's how he would have wanted it. Bill, thanks for the love and laughs. You'll be sorely missed, but your jokes and spirit will live on.
Bill’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Willimantic. Burial will he held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the CT Eastern Railroad Museum, Willimantic CT