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WILLIAM “BILL” JOHN NEWMAN

William “Bill” John Newman, 75, husband of Jamie Yimoyines Newman, died on July 11, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia.

Bill was born on July 1, 1945 to William E. and Josephine P. Newman in Hartford, Connecticut.  He spent his childhood in West Hartford, Connecticut. where he attended Hall High School. He graduated from Central Connecticut State College, (now University), with a B.A. degree in mathematics with honors. It was in a calculus class that he met his wife Jamie and they have been together ever since.  They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 26.

Bill served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War where he received extensive training in computer sciences used for tracking missiles. Bill’s love for knowledge in computer science shaped his career. He first worked for Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis and was soon recruited by The Hartford Insurance Group where he remained his entire career. He held many management positions in the Information Technology Division and was highly respected for his knowledge of property casualty and automobile insurance issues. While raising his family in West Hartford, Bill was actively involved with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 163 as Troop Chairman, the soccer leagues, and served many years as the president of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Montessori School.

Besides his wife Jamie, Bill is survived by his daughter, Marydith J. and her husband Thomas R. Kingry and their children Sydney and Wyatt of Richmond, Virginia; his son William James Newman and his wife Christina French Newman of Los Angeles, California; and several cousins. The true joy of Bill’s recent years was his love for his grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Hospice Savannah, Sandra Hamilton, Leah Harrison and Carolyn Johnson for their loving care for Bill.

Due to COVID restrictions and concern for the health of family and friends, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service on Friday, July 17.   Burial, with military honors, will follow in Beaufort National Cemetery, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the Philoptochos Scholarship Fund – 3 Bluff Point, Savannah, Georgia 31419-9343.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mr. Newman by clicking here.

You are invited to view the Beaufort National Cemetery committal service for Mr. Newman by clicking here.

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  1. Jimmy and Deena Stevens says:

    Jamie,
    We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He suffered for a long time and is now in a better place. God will bless you for taking care of him for so long.
    You, BJ, and Meredith are in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory be eternal.

    Jimmy and Deena

  2. Simone le Coutre says:

    Dear Jamie and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your husband many years ago, probably back when we were teaching at Sedgwick in 1976. Somehow the years have passed way too quickly, and I am shocked by this sad news.

    I hope that you feel supported by friends and loved ones during this difficult time of grief.

    Sincerely,

    SImone Vrabel le Coutre

  3. Walter & Sandy Sargent says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing.

  4. William Mollineaux says:

    Jamie, you and your wonderful family are in Sue’s and my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You and Bill have been a special couple, and the four of us shared several unforgettable times in your early years at Sedgwick.

    Fondly,

    Bill and Sue Mollineaux

  5. Dennis Brann says:

    Dear Jamie,
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss and personally to have lost an old childhood friend. My thoughts are with you in your time of grief.

    Dennis Brann

  6. Candi Hine says:

    Dearest Jamie,
    My heart is with you at this most difficult time. It seems only yesterday that Pete and I and you and Bill flew off to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th anniversaries. I will always remember the wonderful trip to Maine in summer, 1999, when Pete and I shared that sweet little cottage with you and Bill and had so many fun adventures during a wonderful week. Sadly, Bill was deathly ill the very next summer and fought an incredibly long battle with you, my dear sister, always there to help him on. May he finally find peace.
    Much love to you, Marydith, Will, Tom, Christina, Sydney and Wyatt!!
    Your loving sister, Candi

  7. John Yimoyines. & Cookie says:

    I’ve known Bill almost as long as Jamie and have seen him in the best of times and the worst of times. He possessed the greatest will to live I have ever seen in anyone. Against all odds-He lived to walk Meredith down the aisle/to see the birth of Sydney and Wyatt and to see Will get married.
    In the best of times he was a fun loving car enthusiast who loaned me his MGB when he went into the Air Force-risking the wrath of my father. Years later he gave me my first ride in and chance to drive a Porsche-his pride and joy. We will miss catching up with him on our trips to Savanah. He always sat down to talk to us, tried to be a good host and never complained about his condition. Rest in peace Bill-you have earned it.

  8. Bev Pugliese says:

    Jamie,
    I am sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I worked with him at the HIG for many years. My condolences to you and your family.

  9. Rich and Beth Fritz says:

    Jamie and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We think of you often and have always kept you in our prayers since your move. We have lots of fond memories of the old neighborhood and our “great” neighbors across the street. Much love to you and the kids. Rich and Beth

  10. Lynn Ryan says:

    So very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I hope you find comfort knowing he is at peace. My prayers are with you, Marydith and BJ during this time! Not sure if it helps but there are two HIG people waiting for him on the otherside ready and waiting to relive the good ol’ days.

    You will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Be well,
    Lynn Ryan

  11. joseph l marcus says:

    Jamie and family,
    Diane and I are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing.. Even though I lost track of you both when we left Savannah, I will always remember the time Bill and I spent together during his illness. i especially think about the time when we started our visits together and how determined Bill was to be there for the wedding. Our friendship lasted several years, and it will always be part of me.
    You were a wonderful caregiver for many years and should always be proud of your devotion to Bill..

  12. Laurie-Ann Templeton says:

    Dear Mrs. Newman, Marydith & BJ,

    My sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of your husband and father. I remember him fondly from my days of babysitting Marydith and BJ while in High School and for some common family occasions afterward.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Peace,
    Laurie-Ann

  13. Tia Halatas says:

    Dear Jamie,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. You were the angel in Bill’s life that took wonderful care of him. God will continue to Bless you for that. May His Memory Be Eternal.

  14. Gene Flynn says:

    Jamie, although it has been many, many years since Bill and I worked together at The Hartford, he always had special memories for me. One of those memories was at your house for a summer picnic. But most of my fondest memories were at the office where Bill was my trusted IT partner. Being the client, I had to assess how credible the info was from the IT staff. Bill made it so easy, not only putting me at ease but developing in a friendship that lasted a long time. My wife, Norma worked with Bill as well. Our deepest sympathies to you and your kids. Just know that others feel a loss even though he wasn’t part of our recent circle of friends.

  15. Beth Fritz says:

    Dear Jamie and family,
    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We thought about you often after your move. Alot of fond memories from the old neighborhood and our great neighbors across the street. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come. He was a nice man. Love Rich and Beth

  16. Sue Tracey says:

    Jamie and family,
    I am saddened to read of Bill’s passing. We worked together for many years in Personal Lines at The Hartford. Bill was the Production Support expert and his knowledge and expertise were always sought out. He was a wonderful family man and always spoke with such pride of you and your children. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  17. Florence Dickie says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
    Flo Dickie

  18. Irene Purdy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. May his memory be eternal.

  19. Haig and Leeny Shahverdian says:

    Jamie,

    We offer our thoughts and hopes that the memories and love shared with Bill and your entire family help sustain you and comfort you.

    With a smile and a big hug.

    Haig and Leeny

  20. Steve Goldenberg says:

    My condolences to the family on Bill’s recent passing.
    Bill and i are forever linked to a historic event almost 21 years before his passing. On July 18, 1999 Bill and I ventured to Yankee Stadium on a beastly hot, humid day. Despite the heat, humidity and a rain delay we were privileged to witness David Cone’s perfect game on Yogi Berra Day. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by the late Don Larsen who is still the only pitcher to notch a perfect world series win. The memory makes me smile and I hope Bill is smiling down on us as well.

  21. Carl & Nancy Frobel says:

    Dear Jamie & Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a great Committee Chairman, he was always able to keep the Troop on track and one of the best Chairman I had the pleasure to work with at Troop 163. I remember many afternoons sitting in your kitchen discussing Scouting activities and Sunday night’s at the church. Please give my best to William one of my first Eagle Scout’s we are now over 125 Eagles in the Troop. You are missed in West Hartford, Nancy & I send our condolences and prayers to you and the family. .

  22. Beth Childress says:

    Jamie,
    I didn’t know Bill but certainly knew about him through our many talks on campus. This has been a struggle for all of you for years and I admired the courage with which you faced his illness and his determination to live. My heartfelt sympathies to you and to your family at this great time of loss.

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