Obituary – William Allard III Has Died, What Happened?
Killingworth – William Ernest Allard III passed away quietly at his home Sunday, March 20, 2022. He is survived by his wife Sandy; his daughter Kelly; his son-in-law Jon; and his sons, Billy and David. William Allard’s love of boats and the water began very early in life. His father owned a hardware store, Johnson Outboard Engine dealership in The Bronx, and young “Billy” spent his younger years exploring the waters and tributaries of Long Island Sound with his best friend, Richie.
There was never any question about what he would do after high school and he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as soon as he could. Bill still tells stories about his days on watch and on leave and in the engine room, where he reports he was the happiest, except for behind the helm of one of his own boats or in a tree stand hunting deer.
He married his first wife Martha and moved away without a backward glance at New York City. He found his home in Mansfield Center, where he also worked as a plumber for UConn. He opened a small marine sales and repair shop under his apartment which he ran with the help of his three boys, Billy IV, David, and Bobby. He later divorced and met the true love of his life, Sandy in 1968.
Seven years later, he married her and adopted her daughter, Kelly. He soon went back to school at night to become a teacher and landed a position with Ella T. Grasso Technical School in Groton, where he taught small engine repair for 27 years. Here he was able to pour his vast knowledge of boats, engines, snowmobiles, and more into his students, and kept in touch with a few to this very day.
Throughout his life, Bill divided his time between his various fixer-upper boats. He used to joke that he liked working on them almost as much as cruising in them. He was also thrilled to find a home amongst the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMC) where the older outboards (never a Mercury!) he restored won him a vast number of trophies which are proudly displayed in his cellar “office.”
In his spare time, he spent countless hours restoring a 1950 Chrysler like the one his father owned when he was little. He was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday and lived every day like it was his last. He will be missed. There will be no services, but a memorial to his life will be held in the near future.