portrait picture for William Donnelly Lane


The family intends to hold a memorial mass at a future date.

William Donnelly Lane

April 16, 1928 ~ April 27, 2020

William D. Lane, age 92, of East Norwalk, CT passed away on April 27,2020. He was born in Norwalk on April 16, 1928 to John J. and Theresa Donnelly Lane. Bill was a proud graduate of St. Bonaventure University and then served in the US Army Artillery, attaining the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. He obtained his law degree from Fordham University and practiced law in Norwalk at the law firm Carroll and Lane. He married the love of his life, Rosemary Farrell, in 1956. They resided for more than 5 decades in East Norwalk and enjoyed summers at Shore and Country Club. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and he spent many years volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Bill is survived by his daughter, Nancy Lane Smith (John Paul) of Greenville, NC, his granddaughter, Jennifer Patricia Smith of Durham, NC, and his grandson, Ryan William Smith of Wilmington, NC.  He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary, his brother, John D. Lane of Washington D.C., and his sister, Margaret Lane Quinlan of Westport CT. The family intends to hold a memorial mass at a future date.

  1. Bill & Rosemary were neighbors for the 19 years we lived on Sylvester Court. He was our attorney when we moved and sold our East Norwalk house. He was always the consummate gentleman; honest, down-to-earth. I was proud to call him a friend. My sympathy to Nancy and her family.

    May 5, 2020
    Joan W. Lasley -
  • To the Lane family. I am saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was a lifelong friend and family Attorney. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayer are with all of you

    May 7, 2020
    Kevin Fitzgerald -
  • Dear Lane Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Lane’s passing. I met him many years ago as a paralegal when our office was on the other side of closing. I then came to know him and Mrs. Lane through our membership at Shore and Country Club. I admired what a wonderful couple they were and how Mr. Lane would take Mrs. Lane to the pool every day and lovingly ensure she had her swim for as long as she was able. I used to visit and bring meatballs, spaghetti and chicken parm to them at the house bringing my little girls (now college girls) with me for a visit. I am sorry for your loss, but take comfort in the fact that your parents are together again. We will keep you in our prayers.

    May 7, 2020
    Marybeth Darcy -
  • Dear Lane Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Bill was a partner with my cousin George. In guiding us on different matters through the years I always found Bill to be both a man of high integrity and a man of his word. On a personal level I became friends with Bill. I had the pleasure to take Bill and his brother John out fishing on different occasions. Lots of fond memories.
    Rick Carroll

    May 9, 2020
    Rick Carroll -
  • Dear Nancy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle Bill, and Aunt Rosemary. We miss them dearly, but we are left with so many happy memories of times together: swimming at the Club, listening to stories on the screened porch, fishing on Rick Carroll’s boat; gin martinis, visiting with cousins, neighbors, and friends, etc. The Washington DC crew were so blessed to have them both in our lives. May they rest now in the peace of Christ.

    May 11, 2020
    Paul Lane -
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