William Hindie

Obituary of William Davis Hindie

William Davis Hindie, born on October 2, 1932, took the final steps of his life’s journey on Saturday, September 10, 2022, just 3 weeks away from his 90th birthday.   

He was one of five siblings, the eldest son of an American-born mother, Harriette Anne Davis, and an Armenian father, Alfred Hindie.  Born and raised just outside of Cairo, Egypt, he traveled to the United States with his Family, lived in California, New York, and eventually settled in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Bill, or Billy, as he was known by friends, family, and coworkers, was a 1949 graduate of Fairfield Preparatory School, and attended one year at Santa Monica City College, before enlisting in the military.  A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954, then re-enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959,  achieving rank as a sergeant, and earning multiple service and meritorious medals.

After serving in the military, Billy returned to Fairfield, CT, where he met the love of his life, Margaret Vizi, in December of 1959. They married on June 10, 1961, went on to have 2 children, and established their lifelong residence in Fairfield.  Bill worked as a crane operator for more than 30 years at Carpenter Technology in Bridgeport, then as a bus driver for the Fairfield Public School system for several more years before retiring from the workforce. 

Bill was not the warmest, most fuzzy, or sentimental person in the room. He was not a huge fan of holidays or family get-togethers and was very much a loner in life. He much preferred remembering birthdays with humorous, homemade, handwritten cards and envelopes to match, decorated with his original artwork.  He certainly did love a good discussion, and especially enjoyed weekly phone conversations with his brother, Peter, and his son, David, over the years. He was an extremely hard worker, with a work ethic that could not be matched, and was extremely proud of the fact that in over 30 years at CarTech, he only missed work once, when he had walking pneumonia. When he was still able, he enjoyed visiting his favorite diner for breakfast, spending time at the Senior Center in Fairfield, traveling, and visiting his siblings in Europe. His Fairfield home was his pride and joy, and he loved to garden, do yard work, and enjoy the company of his cat companions over the years.

Bill loved to read, write, and followed politics, current events, and the news  quite closely. He especially enjoyed a good debate, classic movies, and the writings of French philosophers, history, and religion.  He was a quiet man, but as he grew older, developed very opinionated views on politics, the military, the US government, and authored 2 books which clearly shared these political views. He was not always the easiest person to live with, especially later in life, when intense sciatica pain, limited mobility, severe heart failure, and dementia crept in, but in his better moments he continued to be an extremely generous, proud, and caring father, grandfather, and friend, who would give a perfect stranger the shirt off his back, and the very last cent in his pocket.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, and all of his siblings, Edna Hindie Lemay, Nancy Jane Hindie Nelson, Peter John Hindie, and a sibling who died as a very young child. He is survived and will be sorely missed by his wife, companion, and later in life, his caregiver, Margaret Vizi Hindie of Fairfield, daughter Margaret Rose Diaz and her husband, Luis, of Oxford, CT, and son, David Thomas Hindie, of Brooklyn, NY, as well as his 8 grandchildren, Valen Diaz and husband, Joseph Grandelski of Hamden, Kellen Diaz of Beacon Falls, Deven Diaz of Beacon Falls, Brennen Diaz, serving in the Navy in Virginia Beach, VA, Owen Diaz, and his fiancé, Cassandra Miller, Camren Diaz, Jaden Diaz, and Taren Diaz, all of Oxford, CT, his 2 great grandsons, Oliver and Elias Grandelski of Hamden, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bill and his Family are especially grateful to Dr. Cynthia McNamara and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital of West Haven staff for all their patience, support, and care, and to American Medical Response in Fairfield, Dr. Listy Thomas and the St. Vincent’s Medical Center emergency room staff for the care and compassion they gave him on his very last day.  Finally, we will always be extremely grateful to Kevin Lesko, and the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home for their kindness, guidance, care, and compassion during this difficult time. 

Private funeral services with military honor observed have been arranged.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT. To sign his guest registry, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com

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Final Resting Place

Mountain Grove Crematory
2675 North Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
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