WILTON — Everett W. Cleveland (Bill), of Wilton, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on April 13.
He was born in Windsor, Vermont to Everett and Sara (Creeden) Cleveland in 1925.
He retired from The New York Telephone Company after 37 years of dedicated service. He proudly served his country as a Marine in WWII in the Pacific theater and the Korean War. He was active in the Marine Corp league in operation Toys for Tots. Bill was an avid horseman for his entire life. He participated in Gymcana competitions as well as many local parades in his youth.
His passions were definitely horses and travel. He was fortunate to have been able to travel extensively throughout the United States and Mexico over the years. His interests included leatherworking, history, reading and watching old movies.
He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Betty Cleveland and two daughters, Chris Jenson (James) of Hoosick Falls and Karen Cleveland of Wilton.
He had four step-children; Timothy Jackson (Debra) of Wilton, Lori McCann (Kenneth) of York, South Carolina, Mary Ann Dowd (William) of Wilton and Marlise Ford (Charles) of Wilton; 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Sam, Sarah, Timothy, Gregory, Joshua, Charlie, Charlette, Corey, Bradley, William and Makaylee; and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Ruth, and a baby daughter. His brother, Jim Cleveland also predeceased him.