portrait picture for William C. Kimbell

Wake: Calling hours will be on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 06851. Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT. 06851. Donations: Donations in his memory may be made to:   Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850. Or, Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.

William C. Kimbell


June 4, 1927 – October 10, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of William C. “Bill” Kimbell, 89, of Naples, FL on October 10, 2016 at Norwalk Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born in Long Beach, NY on June 4, 1927, the son of the late William Kimbell and Frances Jedd Kimbell, Mr. Kimbell grew up in Stamford, CT. He married his beloved wife, Judith Nagot of New Canaan in 1960. They began their life together in Norwalk, later moving to Fairfield, CT where they lived until her death in 2007. An avid golfer, Mr. Kimbell resided in his dream home in Florida overlooking a beautiful golf course.

A true patriot, he joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and fought in both WWII and Korea. He graduated from ­­­­­­the Yale & Towne Apprentice Training School in Stamford on April 14, 1949, as a Tool & Die Maker.

Mr. Kimbell founded Kimchuk, Inc. in 1964. Originally located in Stamford, CT Kimchuk is currently located in Danbury. He was still an active owner and CEO of the business he loved and to which he devoted his life.

He spent his life striving for the best, whether creating a successful, long-lasting business in Kimchuk, working in his yard, traveling, or supporting his family. He cherished his children and adored his grandchildren.

He was soft-spoken and always a gentleman. Those lucky enough to be in earshot appreciated his dry wit and funny observations. He was a sports fan who would always be happy to watch a game, participate in a spirited conversation, and share in a good bottle of wine, a glass of Macallan, and on occasion his infamous Stinger.

Never one to sit idle, Mr. Kimbell was in Newport with his family in September enjoying a fun-filled weekend.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen LeBrun and her husband Robert of Norwalk, CT; Heidi-Jo Bayuk of Cobleskill, NY; Charlene Shandrowski and her husband Robert of Ansonia, CT; Kimberly Vasquez of Greenwich, CT; and Destiny Rodriguez of South Dakota; grandchildren, Stephanie, Robbie, Samantha, Danika, Elisha, Benito, Jose, Michael, Jimmy, and Ayla; great-granddaughter, Ava; brother Leon Kimbell of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kimbell was predeceased by his wife Judith N. Kimbell, brother Leroy Kimbell, and sister Marie Hoegemann.

His sudden and unexpected passing was felt deeply by all who knew him. We would like to take this opportunity to stand at attention, offer a salute, and bid farewell to our Dad, Poppy, Grandpa, Uncle, and dear friend, Bill Kimbell. You are our patriarch, our guide, our rock, our mentor, our inspiration, and our motivation. You sir, are good people. Rest in Peace.

Calling hours will be on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 06851. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT. 06851.

Donations in his memory may be made to:   Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850. Or, Guide Dog Foundation for The Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.

  1. My deepest condolences Kim to you and your family. I did not know your father personally but, thru you and pictures I’ve seen I feel that I got to know him a little anyway. God bless!

    October 26, 2016
    Penny Diaz -
  • I still can’t believe you are gone…… I will love you always and keep you forever in my heart! I thought if anyone in our family could make it to 100 it would have been you. Missing you Dad…… Love Always, Kimmy xoxo

    October 26, 2016
    Kimberly Kimbell Vazquez -
  • Dad — Poppy — Popster — We miss you more and more every day. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories you shared with us throughout our lives. Spending time and being with you was the most important part of showing you how much you meant to us our Dad, and our Poppy. You will be forever in our hearts and on our minds. So glad we had so many years together — wishing for more, visiting you in Florida, Sunday dinners, dance recitals….etc. We Love You xo xo!!

    October 27, 2016
    Charlene (Kimbell), Rob, and Danika -
  • RIP Mr Kimball. Although we hadn’t seen each other in a few years I remember you as the most gentle of Dads and to my oldest bff Kim. Im so sorry for your loss for the whole family I know what you’re going through I’m sending my prayers to you all in this most difficult time. Love you all

    October 28, 2016
    Lori Swaim -
  • We were lucky to have Bill as a neighbour and friend in Florida for the last twelve years. He was always there for us and we will miss his dry wit, his generous spirit and his kind loving nature . Bill was never one to complain about his health even after a serious golf cart
    accident and chose to focus on all the good things life had to offer.
    He was very proud of his children and grandchildren , his greatest legacy.
    Long into retirement age , we marvelled at his excitement and enthusiasm for his business and th e people who helped make it so successful.
    To Karen and family ,we wish you our deepest sympathy for the loss of a dear, father, grandfather and friend…may the wonderful memories of a life well lived give you much joy at this sad time.

    October 28, 2016
    Barbara Favot and Gerhard Braunsteiner and all your friends at he Glades Florida -
  • Mr. Kimbell…..”Bill”….We have such love and respect for you and are SO grateful that you were a part of our lives…..The “forever gentleman” who had a way of always making everyone feel welcome. Fred and I really enjoyed our conversations with you….Your humor…generosity and kindness will always be remembered. You are one in a million, Bill. Please send our best to the other angels up in heaven….We know there’s a lot of celebrating going on up above….Much love to the entire Kimbell family…You are in our thoughts and prayers….
    Beth and Fred Knapp

    October 29, 2016
    Beth Knapp -
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    April 27, 2017
    Tisha -
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