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William Arthur Wilbur

SHARON — William Arthur Wilbur, 93, died Oct. 31, 2017, at Noble Horizons.

He was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Sharon and made his lifelong residence there. He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1941 and grew up as a farm boy and started the Sharon Pheasant Farm in 1948. 

He served the  town of Sharon in many capacities. He was a member of the town’s first Planning and Zoning Commission in 1950, a town assessor from 1952-1954 and chairman of the finance board for three years, from 1969-1971. He was first selectman from 1971-1987, retiring to his home on a mountain top.

Some of his efforts while in office were the purchase of the Sharon Water Company in 1972; building a new municipal garage in 1973; buying the Sharon Drainage Company in 1976; and joining the town of Salisbury in opening the transfer station. 

His hand was in purchasing the former Masonic Hall as a community center for the youth and elderly citizens of Sharon, the well and facilities at the Sharon beach, the sand and salt building at the town garage and the Sharon Clock Tower, which was completely renovated in 1976. 

His appointment of a Housing Committee, which resulted in the building of Sharon’s 20 units of affordable housing, was his last commitment as first selectman of Sharon. 

He retired in 1987 and was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed traveling to many foreign countries.

He was a corporator for the Litchfield County Bank, the Colonial Bank, the Bank of Boston Connecticut and the Falls Village Savings Bank and corporator, director and trustee of the Torrington Savings Bank.

He is survived by his son, Robert G. Wilbur of Sharon; his daughter, Diane W. Monroe of Sharon; three grandchildren, Michael Wilbur of North Carolina, Jon Wilbur of Sharon and Nicole Wilbur of Santa Monica, Calif.; two great-grandchildren; a niece, Shirley W. Perotti of Sharon; his nephews, Edward and David Wilbur, both of Sharon, and James Wilbur of Arizona, Thomas Wilbur of San Antonio, Texas, and Gerry Wilbur of Torrington; and other extended family and nieces and nephews.

 A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Sharon at a date to be announced. All other services are private. 

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Sharon Green Preservation Association, 22 Upper Main St., Suite 2 B, Sharon, CT 06069. 

The Kenny Funeral in Sharon has charge of arrangements.