William Chernoff, 84

William Chernoff was born July 15, 1929 in New Haven, Connecticut. There he met the love of his life Ruth Barnett (deceased 1997) and the two were married on June 27, 1953. They settled in Norwalk, Connecticut and had two daughters, Barbara and Ileene.

Bill is survived by Barbara Chernoff Galler and Ileene Chernoff Lorimer, two sons-in-law, Donald and Andrew and two grandchildren — Philip and Samantha.

Bill worked at Automatic Signal of Norwalk until 1968 when he and Ruth formed R&W Service Company. He operated R&W Service, alongside his daughters, until he retired in 1998 and began working at the Norwalk docks which serviced pleasure craft from Long Island Sound. There he met his best friend of later life — Gumby the Chihuahua (deceased 2012). In 2008, he met Carline, who has been his friend and caregiver since. Bill and Gumby lived at the Greens at Cannondale in Wilton from 2008 until October 2013. At that time Bill moved to Wilton Meadows. His family is grateful for all the love and wonderful care he received in Wilton. Since 1994, Bill has received all his medical services from the superior medical staff at the West Haven Veteran’s Hospital, especially Dr. Burgo, Dr. Zubek and APRN Barbara Duncan.

Bill loved to travel and took his family camping across country, to Epcot Center the minute it opened and later to Israel twice, Europe and Mexico. He also traveled to Scotland and Argentina.

He was an avid volunteer and helper. He was president of the Brien McMahon High School Father’s Club, volunteered extensively for his Temple, Beth-El, and the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room. Bill was a good guy with a good heart and would do anything when someone needed help. He held his friends and family close, often turning himself inside out for his family. He never missed a milestone or event in any of the lives of his children, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Bill was always “in the driveway” before Barbara and Ileene even knew they needed him or the stuff he brought with him.

Bill served in the U.S. Army at White Sands Proving Grounds as a classified Signal Corps Engineer. This is where he first became interested in electrical devices. He became a big lover of Volkswagens and electrical gadgets, having the first microwave oven in the neighborhood, an automatic dialing alarm system in the 1970s and many other entertaining gizmos which he loved to share with his sons-in-law. Bill received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science in 1992 from City University Los Angeles. Bill was a 32nd Degree Mason and a descendant of the Cohen Tribe of Israel.

Bill died suddenly and peacefully in his sleep at Wilton Meadows. Bill made all of us who we are today and we love him and will miss him. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Graveside services will take place Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Workman’s Circle Cemetery on Farwell Street in West Haven, CT 06516. For Shiva details please call: Robert E. Shure, Inc. Funeral Home, New Haven. 203-562-8244.