portrait picture for William J. Lyons, Jr.

Wake:Thursday, April 24th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Friday, April 25, at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.Interment:St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue,Norwalk.

William J. Lyons, Jr.


Former State Senator, WWII Veteran

 

William J. (Bill) Lyons, Jr., 92, departed the world on April 11, 2014, with family at his side.

He was born in Norwalk in 1921, the son of the late William J. Lyons, Sr. and Mary B. Lyons.  He was the husband of the late Patricia R. Lyons for 50 years.  A graduate of Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, NJ, he attended Notre Dame University until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1943.  He served in Europe with the Third Army commanded by George Patton, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and serving as Military Police Chief in the German city of Regensburg (Pop. 135,000) from August, 1945 to March, 1946, at the age of 24.  He remained in the Army Reserve after the war, leaving the Army in 1955 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

He returned to Norwalk where he became President of Lyons Construction Company, which had been founded in 1920 by his father.  Lyons Construction built many well-known structures in town, including both of Norwalk’s post offices, buildings at Norwalk Hospital, Naramake School, a major expansion of Nathan Hale Middle School, and St. Thomas Church.   Lyons later became General Manager of the Third District Electric Department, upgrading the system and establishing its reputation as the part of Norwalk that doesn’t lose power in storms.

He was long active in Norwalk politics and government.  He served as a Third Taxing District Commissioner, served two terms in the State House of Representatives (representing East Norwalk) and a term representing Norwalk and Darien in the State Senate.  He later served as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Bill is survived by his brother John F. Lyons of Hobe Sound, Florida, and by his children Michael W. Lyons and his wife Elizabeth of Norwalk, Barbara L. Moseley and her husband Kevin of Spring Hill, Florida, Timothy R. Lyons of Norwalk, Edward J. Lyons and his wife Lizabeth of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Susan M. Lyons of Medfield, Massachusetts, as well as by his grandchildren Erin and Michael Moseley, Cassandra, Michael and Caroline Shortsleeve, James, Claire and Krystina Lyons, and Joseph Lyons.  He was predeceased by his sister Mary B. Grinnan and brother Thomas R. Lyons.

His family will receive friends on Thursday, April 24, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.  Internment with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

  1. Condolences to the Lyons Family. We were honored to know Bill.
    May his time with our Lord be comfort to those on earth who loved him.

    April 21, 2014
    Tammy, Len and Trey Milcowitz -
  • We were saddened to hear this news. We remember your dad very well, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

    April 21, 2014
    Rick and Sophie Tangard -
  • Cherished memories of childhood with my Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill with my young cousins…my heart and prayers go out to all of the family with much love….

    April 22, 2014
    Neice, Maryanne Scova Rosenberg -
  • My condolences to Mike Lyons and family. I know what it is like to lose a parent and my heart and prayers are with you. Your dad’s spirit lives on and your cherished memories keep him alive.

    April 22, 2014
    Sherelle Harris, Norwalk, CT -
  • Few people have made as long or as lasting an impact on my life as Bill Lyons, from the time I was old enough to comprehend what any notion of civic engagement was. If I’ve had any impact in the public arena myself, and I know it’s small, it’s because he taught me the ropes which began with listening. I wrote a paper about him in elementary school— 4th, 5th or 6th grade, perhaps, entitled The Ombudsman. The paper and the term had direct reference to his investigation of a rodent infestation at a home nearby the Hat Factory in East Norwalk. I will never forget the picture of him standing on the porch of the home holding a rat by its tale. I might have even been there when it was taken. The image never left me, nor did the lesson. Where there’s injustice, pursue it and deal with it. I’ll also never forget the T-Bird, and the two-way radios. I thought those were the next best thing to the NASA space program. And I’ll never forget campaigning in front of Marvin School as a kid, waiting for the polls to count, and watching the votes come in. Most of all, I’m thankful for a man who believed in me, who gave me more than my fair share of encouragement and wise counsel, who mentored me in public service and whose door— home or office— was always open. God bless the entire Lyons family in the wake of Bill’s departure. He was larger than life and will never be forgotten, certainly not by me.

    April 22, 2014
    Doran Wright -
  • Thank you for all your loving comments; you cannot begin to know what your thoughtfulness means to our family…

    April 22, 2014
    Barbara Lyons Moseley -
  • RIP my dear friend Bill. I will always cherish my time spent with you. Jackson and I miss you.
    Jane Marinello

    April 22, 2014
    Jane Marinello -
  • My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

    April 22, 2014
    Lynda S. W. Messerman -
  • My sincere condolences to the Lyons family…..my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jennifer DeWitt ~ April 22, 2014

    April 22, 2014
    Jennifer D. DeWitt -
  • My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and friends. In my heart and soul I know that
    Bill and Pat are together and in a far better place. Yet still I miss him and both he
    and Pat will remain in my prayers each night.

    April 22, 2014
    Joy Rosales -
  • My family will always Cherish the time getting to know you. Rest In Peace.

    April 23, 2014
    Nicole Hughes -
  • Our heartfelt condolences to the Lyons family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    April 24, 2014
    Grant and Lynne Boyd Lynch -
  • Our thoughts and wishes go with you at this sad time. We regret that we never had the opportunity to really get to know Bill, but if he was anything like his children and grandchildren, he surely was a great man.

    April 25, 2014
    Krystyna, Ron, Jan and Sean Salafia -
  • I have had the honor of knowing Bill Lyons and his family.The impact he and his family had on my life was bigger than they could ever imagine .Its people like Bill you only meet once in a life time and you know he was a special person and great man.Rest in peace my friend.My thoughts and prayers are with you all .

    April 25, 2014
    Richard Siois -
  • Dear Liz and Mike – I was sorry to hear about Mike’s dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always a sad time but he is at peace and in a great place.

    April 29, 2014
    Lynne Kruseski -
  • To the Lyons family,
    Your Dad was one of my favorite people! I have so many wonderful childhood memories of him and the fun we had at your home. I was so lucky to correspond with him the past few years. He wrote daily letters to my mother after dad passed away, always keeping us up-to-date with the Lyons family happenings. He never ceased to amaze me with his computer skills! I can thank Uncle Bud for teaching me the ins and outs of getting onto Skype! We enjoyed many Skype conversations over the past few years! I can speak for my whole family….we will surely miss him! He always spoke about being with your mother, and my parents again….I know he is smiling down on us with them at his side! Much love to your all!

    Annie (Conroy)Antoniewski and family

    May 5, 2014
    Ann (Conroy) Antoniewski -
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