William "Bill" J. Rush

Friday, January 19th, 1934 - Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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William “Bill” J. Rush, 84, of Enfield, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to the late Claire (Girard) Rush (2014). William was born on January 19, 1934 in Hartford, CT, to the late John D. and Jennie (Sullivan) Rush and was a lifelong resident of Enfield. He was a graduate of Enfield High School Class of 1952.
Bill then enlisted into the service and served his country honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal in 2017.
He retired from Hallmark Cards, Inc. Enfield in 1996 after many years. Prior to that he worked as a surveyor in the construction industry for 20+ years. Bill was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church, Enfield, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 50, Enfield, a member of the Tanguay-Magill Post 80 American Legion, Enfield, a member of the Enfield Senior Center and a past member of St. Anne’s Country Club. In his leisure time he enjoyed time spent with the Panera Coffee Club, attending activities and events at the Senior Center, golfing, trips to Hampton Beach and Marco Island, attending the grandchildren’s games whether at hockey, basketball, soccer and softball or gymnastics competitions. He was an avid fan of the UConn Huskies men and women’s basketball teams, Red Sox, and N.E. Patriots.
Bill is survived by his two sons, William M. Rush and Jody St. John of Enfield, and John T. Rush and wife Colleen of Somers, CT, his four beloved grandchildren, Joey, Justin, Tanner and Erin Rush, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was also predeceased by a sister Claire Burke and a cousin Marilyn Rush.
Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Browne Memorial Chapels to form a procession to St. Patrick Church (St. Raymond of Penafort Parish) Enfield where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will be held in Old St. Patrick Cemetery, Thompsonville. Bill’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Browne Memorial Chapels, Enfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Enfield Dial-a-Ride, 110 High St. Enfield, CT 06082.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels
    43 Shaker Road
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Patrick Church
    64 Pearl St.
    enfield, CT 06082
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  • Interment

    Old St. Patrick's Cemetery
    Pleasant St.
    enfield, CT 06082
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    With Military Honors


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T. Kelly

Posted at 10:16am
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in Jehovah God’s promise to soon end all our suffering and swallow up death forever (Rea. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8). Peace to you during this difficult time.

Steve Ziter

Posted at 04:58pm
Bill and John, my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to your family.

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Posted at 10:07am
Our sincere condolences. Love Always, Joe, Sarah, Maggie, Patrick, Grace & Lizzy Burke
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Posted at 06:07pm
I cannot even begin to say how much I will miss Bill, he touched my heart in so many ways. We talked sports all the time and he made me laugh at all of his non-expected jokes. He was fun loving, had a heart of gold, enjoyable and full of energy. To see his eyes light up speaking of his beloved wife, sons and grandchildren made his eyes light up. I am honored to have been a part of his life even tho it was for a short period of time. The bus will never be the same without him. Everyone who had the pleasure of being on the bus with him on a regular basis has a very heavy heart thru this time. He will never be forgotten.
I have lost a friend but God has received an angel.
My deepest sympathies to the entire Rush family.
RIP my dear friend

Dawn Wilcox

Posted at 05:45pm
My sincerest condolences to the family of wonderful gentle "Mr Bill" as I fondly referred to him. There is a big void in my daily routine that will never be filled as I don't believe there's anyone that could fill his shoes. I'm going to miss all our wonderful educational conversations. He was a part of my Monday through Friday routine for five years sometimes multiple times a day depending on which busline we were on. I'm going to miss our conversations of years past, places that he worked, vacation spent with the Family at Hampton Beach, and how he proudly spoke of his family and his grandchildren and all of their wonderful accomplishments. He brought a wonderful personality to the bus and he was always willing to help other passengers with their bags if they had too many or getting on and off the bus just always willing to help always offered a smile and always very friendly always a pleasure to be around I'm truly going to miss him. My heartfelt prayers go out to you. Heaven has gained another angel and he's reunited with his sweet Claire, may he rest in Eternal peace. Sincerely Dawn Wilcox Enfield Transit Driver

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