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“Michelle,Please know that you and your family are in our prayersThe Flynn Family Fairfield ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Flynn - Fairfield, CT

“Bill was one of the sweetest men we know. He truly loved you JoAnn and his family and respected all his friends and made us always feel special. He...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: MARILYN and RICHARD PUTNAM

“I was privileged to have Bill as my principal for almost 20 years. In his quiet way, he accomplished so much for the parents and children at...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Fran LaMonica - Port Royal, SC

“My thoughts are with you and your family. Bill was a wonderful principal and friend. I cherish memories of our time working together at Dwight. May...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Nora Kurimai

“My sincere condolences to you, Jo-Ann, and your entire family. I knew Bill when he served as Principal of Timothy Dwight Elementary School and then...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Donna Coble

“Ann and I have fond memories of Bill that go back almost 40 years. Bill was my mentor when I was an administrative intern in the Hazel Crest/ Oak...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: David Robert

“I was privileged to work with Bill as Eastbury School PTO President in the 90's. He was first and foremost a principal for the children. Bill was...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Sari Rosokoff

“Jo Ann, we share your loss. Bill was an incredible educator, administrator, principal, advocate, and...friend. He was the kindest of men. You two...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Jan and Albie

“Our deepest condolences to the McDermott family. Seeing Bill in Wyoming was always a great pleasure. He was a true gentleman. We are thinking of...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: The Abrams Family

“Thinking back on all the fond and fun memories I have of you Bill as we grew up on Chatham St. in Lynn, MA. I am going to miss our recent talks in...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Sheila Aylesbury

“Dear Joanne, If any woman ever loved her husband to pieces it was you. Whenever Linda spoke to me about you and Bill she emphasized what a great...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Pat and Dave Donovan

“We are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a class guy with a great wit. We hiked together in the White Mountains with Brendan and Matt ....Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Sposato

“Rest in PEACE uncle Bill. Thank you for getting my family into sailing. I have unbelievable memories. Tom Jr. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Thomas Aylesbury

“Mr McDermott will always be remembered by our family. All three of my daughters, Andrea, Nicole and Alyssa Rafala all attended Eastbury while he was...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Christine Rafala - Acquaintance

“My deepest sympathy to the McDermott family, my friend Michelle and her Mom. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Vincent

“So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great colleague and a wonderful educator. Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Milton Jacoby

“Dear Joanne and family: I am so sorry for your loss, may the memories of all the wonderful times that you shared always stay with you ! ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Betty Nash

“We are very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a classy guy with a wonderful wit.We hiked together in the White Mountains with our sons some...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Sposato - Fairfield, CT

“Dear Jo-Ann, Michelle, Sean and Brendan, My thoughts are with you all as I remember what a wonderful man Bill was... so kind and gentle, so active...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Siobhan Burke

“My earliest and most vivid memory of Mr. MacDermott was not only of his leadership at Timothy Dwight but of the wonderful times at Jennings beach -...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Megan McMahon Cosentino

“Deepest condolences ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Gene McEvoy

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT

“Joann and Family,Sandy and I were deeply saddened when we learned of Bills' passing. We fondly remember the many wonderful times we all spent...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Sandy and Jack Forehand - Wallace, NC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn his loss but cherish his memory. I enjoyed working with Bill. I will always...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Roberta Keefe - Glastonbury, CT

“I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Bill's family. He was a very special man and educator and I will ...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: colleen moore - west hartford, CT

“Dear JoAnn and family, my deepest sympathy at Bill's passing. He was a good boss for most of my time at Eastbury school in Glastonbury. It was a...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Maryanne Buccini - Tolland, CT


William F. "Bill" McDermott of Fairfield, loving husband; devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather; and passionate educator passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 26th surrounded by his family. He was 79 years old. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on July 28, 1937, the first of four children of Dorothea and Francis McDermott. His drive to empower others led him to pursue an MA in education from Seton Hall University and graduate work in administration at Teachers College Columbia University after graduating Cum Laude with a BS in education from the State Teachers College at Salem State University, MA. Bill loved his career in education, serving first as principal of Dwight Elementary School in Fairfield and principal of Eastbury Elementary in Glastonbury for the final 19 years of his career. His passion for his students was exemplified in his commitment to the Board of Directors of the Elementary and Middle School Principals Association of Connecticut, including serving as both Vice President and President. Bill was also on the governing Board of the Connecticut Principal's Academy and the Connecticut Association of Schools. He was a strong advocate for children, especially those with special needs. He conducted workshops advocating for mainstreaming children with special needs into the regular classroom in Connecticut and nationally, earning him the Exemplary Principal Award in Special Education. Bill initially met his future wife, Jo-Ann, through his younger sister Ellen. Fourteen years later, after reuniting at his father's wake, their romance began, and they married in 1973. They lived in Park Forest, IL before settling in Fairfield in 1976. Bill's children were the focus of his life. He was a gentle father, empowering his children to think independently, accomplish their personal goals and live life with integrity – just as he did. Nothing brought him more joy than putting a smile on the face of a loved one with his incredible generosity. Bill enjoyed a very active life. He was an ardent sailor from his early years in Lynn, MA to his adult life in Fairfield. In fact, it was his love of sailing and the Fairfield beaches that kept him living in Fairfield and commuting to Glastonbury. Never one to sit still, he enjoyed hiking hut to hut in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, international travel and skiing in Jackson Hole, WY. He was an avid philatelist collecting Vatican City and Irish stamps. He also had a love for biking, gardening, photography, reading and classical music. Following retirement, Bill continued his service to others as a Core Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County and at Operation Hope of Fairfield. Bill is survived by his wife Jo-Ann of 43 years; his children Michelle Olson of Fairfield; Sean and his wife Dorren of Rosemont, PA; Brendan and his wife Nicki of Jackson, WY; Keary Salls and his wife Ida of Enterprise, AL; grandchildren Kevin Olson and his wife Jena; Caitlin Colon and her husband Manny; Kyle Olson; Maureen, Patrick and Duncan McDermott; Brynn and Cora McDermott; Ava and Quinn Salls; and great granddaughter, Tenley Rose Olson. Bill is also survived by his sisters Sheila Alysbury and her husband Thomas; Ellen Elson; and Maura Zaval and her husband Ken. Calling hours will be held Wednesday November 30th from 4-7pm at Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, and the funeral service is Thursday December 1st at 10am at St. Pius X Church, both in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to Operation Hope of Fairfield, 636 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. To sign an online register or to get travel directions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com