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William "Bill" J. Connors

June 11, 1961 ~ January 28, 2020 (age 58)

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Esperance - William "Bill" James Connors, born on June 11, 1961, left us too soon on January 28, 2020 and a new Rockstar was inducted into Heaven's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Bill's first love was his son, Liam John Connors. His second love was music, beginning with his trumpet in high school and ending with his beloved rock band, VonRudder. Bill grew up in Middleburgh, the first-born son followed by his three sisters and will forever be remembered for his love of his family, friends, his beloved pups Tito and Molly and his infectious sense of humor.  Bill graduated from Middleburgh Central School in 1979 and from SUNY Cobleskill with an Associate degree in business. For the last 20 years Bill has been a Senior Systems Consultant with Northeast IS in Albany.

Bill is survived by his son Liam (Paulina) of Astoria; his very beloved parents: Ron and Linda Connors of Middleburgh; his sisters: Beth Connors of Pittsfield, MA, Jackie (Don) Wood, of Middleburgh, Heather Ford of Selkirk; brothers: Michael Ford of Delmar; William "Skip"(Liz)  Rose of Duanesburg; his longtime bandmate/brother Malcom "Jay" (Donna) Wood; sister: Kelly Strack (Jed Conboy). Bill was a much-loved uncle to Megan (Scott) Hassick, Tara (Joe) Rich, Connor Ford and Olivia Ford and many dear and loving family and friends. Bill was predeceased by his paternal grandparents: John and Grace Connors; his maternal grandparents: James and Edith Young; his uncle: David Connors and his aunt: Ginny Hawes.

A celebration of Bill's life and love will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Middleburgh United Methodist Church, 281 Main Street, Middleburgh with Pastor Jeff Rauhauser officiating.  All are invited to visit with his family from 1:00-:300PM prior to the celebration. A reception will follow in the church hall. 

Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC, of Middleburgh, is honored to be caring for Bill and his family.

Bill's family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to:  The Edward Lakata Scholarship Fund c/o Secretary Susan Duross, 208 West Fourth Avenue, Johnstown, NY 12095.  Bill and VonRudder played The Eddie Music Festival for the last several years and the festival supports local high school musicians.                          

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