William C. Wilson Sr., 75

William C. “Bill” Wilson, Sr., 75, of Woodbury, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Danbury Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mr. Wilson was happily married to his wife Sigrid for 52 years.  He was born July 6, 1939 in Norwalk.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He ran and owned the family business, Wilson’s Hardware in Wilton for many years, where he was loved and respected. In the last few years before retiring, Mr. Wilson worked at Ring’s End in Bethel. He loved his tools and equipment and enjoyed fixing things. He was affectionately known as “Mr. Hardware.”

“Those who knew Bill knew him to be a kind, gentle and witty person who you could always rely on for a good joke and a laugh,” his family said. “His favorite past time was spending time with his wife and family and his 1955 MGTF. He was a member of the MGT register and NY/CONN, and a life member of the NRA.

Besides his wife Sigrid, he is survived by his son Scott and his wife Mary of Beacon Falls; his brother Leland and his wife Erika of Wilton. He was pre-deceased by his son, William Jr.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main Street North. Burial will follow in Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT  06067.

For online condolences, visit munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.