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‘Life member’ of Brookfield’s Candlewood fire company dies at 86

January 5, 2019

The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department Candlewood Company announced the death of a life member on Thursday.

William “Bill” Gleissner was born on Sept. 7, 1932, in Danbury. He died in his home on Wednesday, according to his obituary. He was 86.

He graduated from Henry Abbott Tech. He retired from Southern New England Telephone in 1987. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a life member of Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department Candlewood Company.

The fire company said Gleissner joined the ranks in 1965. He became a life member in 1993. During his time with the Candlewood company, he served as the president, a member on the executive board, fire police and as a firefighter.

“Bill loved the comradery of the firehouse so much that he and his family hosted many summer picnics for members of the department over the years,” the fire company said. “Bill will be missed but his legacy, dedication and leadership at Candlewood company will not be forgotten.”

“Bill loved boating on Candlewood Lake and was a member of the Danbury Mad Hatters Barbershop Chorus, the St. Joseph Men’s Club, a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society and played cards at the Brookfield Senior Center,” the obituary said.

Gleissner, of Brookfield, was married to Annellen (Otto) Gleissner for 56 years.

He is survived by his three children, his two sister, his grandson and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a ceremony on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, followed by full military honors at St. Peter Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St. in Danbury, on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contributions in his memory can be made to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, 30 Milestone Road in Danbury; or to the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department Candlewood Company, PO Box 296 in Brookfield.

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