Former Modified Driver Billy Knight Passes At 56

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William M. Knight, 56, of Unionville, beloved husband of Joanne (Muszynski) Knight, passed away peacefully Sunday, (June 5, 2011.) Born in Hartford, June 8, 1954, son of the late Thomas and Emily (Knibbs) Knight, he was a lifelong resident of Unionville. Bill was a Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic for WW Manchester Construction in Bristol, Stamm Construction in Newington, and most recently Troy's Trailer Sales in Farmington. He was a member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in Unionville for over 20 years, having served as Chief of the department and was active with the muster team. He was a member of Uncas Council #32 K of C in Unionville. In his younger years, Bill ran the Modified Series at Riverside Park, MA, Stafford Motor Speedway and Plainville Speedway with car #98. Bill was an avid fisherman, enjoyed New York trips to Lake Ontario, and was a longtime NASCAR fan. Billy was heavily involved with the Farmington Valley Antique Tractor Club in Farmington where he leveled the track and was instrumental with the sled at the pulls. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, William Knight, Robert Knight and Allison Knight, all of Unionville, his granddaughter, Dakota Misluck, his sister, Linda Smith of Unionville and two brothers, Thomas Knight of Jacksonville, FL and Barry Knight of Burlington, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 9) from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (June 10) at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Published in the Hartford Courant 6/7/11