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Obituary of William Erwin Buckridge
William "Bill" Erwin Buckridge, 80, of Essex, Connecticut, passed at sunrise, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. Bill was born on February 17, 1941, in Centerbrook, Connecticut to Irwin Buckridge and Leah (Doane) Buckridge. Bill worked for the Lee Company in Westbrook, Connecticut for 45 years. He retired as the Vice President of the Restrictor Group. Bill was very active in his community. He retired from the Essex Volunteer Fire Department having held the rank of Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief. There he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was active with the Essex Ambulance Association as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a Board Member. He was also on the Board of Directors for Valley Shore Emergency Communications for more than 20 years, where he served as President and later as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was also the Director of Emergency Management for the town of Essex. In 2004, Bill humbly received the Chief Michael L. Green Award for outstanding service to his community. He was a lifetime member of the Westbrook Elks, the Essex Boat Club, the Rhode Island Fish & Game Club, and the Niantic Fish & Game Club. Bill enjoyed reading, NASCAR, and spending time with his family. Bill is survived by his loving family: Wife Bette of 58 years; their daughter Michelle (Buckridge) Brassington and her husband Joseph and their two sons Carter and Sean. Bill's twin sons: Christopher Buckridge, wife Bethany and their daughters Emma and Genevieve, Jeffrey Buckridge, his wife Brenda, their children Jacob and Ashley. Bill was an amazing Husband, Father and protector of his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Essex Fire Department and the Essex Ambulance Association. Services will be privately held by the family. To share a memory of Bill or send condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com Arrangements are in the care of the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.