Obituary: Bill Somers, 67, of Norwalk

Bill Somers
Bill Somers

Bill Somers of Norwalk, Connecticut, died at Norwalk Hospital on November 5, at age 67.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 14, 1951, the son of William Somers, a GE engineer, and Priscilla Somers, a nurse. The family moved around some, finally landing in Cheshire, Connecticut. In 1968, during his senior year at Cheshire High School, he began dating his classmate Shelley Blumberg, and stayed with her the rest of his life, marrying her in 1979.

After high school, he was educated at Goddard College and later transferred to the University of Maryland so he could protest the Vietnam War in Washington D.C. While in Washington, he worked in construction, helping to build the D.C. Metro. He started his first construction business, Deck Tech, in 1983, when forced to get serious by the birth of his first daughter. He had three more daughters after that, raising them in Connecticut and Beaufort, South Carolina.

His life’s pastime was reading, especially gigantic volumes of history. He was an ingenious illustrator, a great cook, and he could build anything. He loved Vivaldi and AC/DC. His best friend, besides his wife, was an exuberant standard poodle named Moose, whom he treated like a human being. The two of them were a fixture at the dog parks of Norwalk. Although he owned four businesses over the course of his life, he did not care about money or conventional markers of success.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Shelley Somers, his daughters Bailey, Erin, Molly, and Taylor Somers, his sister Katie Somers, and his granddaughter Edith. His grandson is due in December.

Asked once what he thought the point of life was, the world being so chaotic and so cruel, he replied, “to try to have a few laughs.” Bill Somers had a few laughs and a whole lot more. He will be remembered for his ferocious intelligence, sense of humor, and devotion to his family. He is missed tremendously.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, November 10 from 1 to 4 pm at 24 Buckingham Place, Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cranbury Park in Norwalk, where Bill liked to walk his dog.