William E Asal Jr.

Born: Fri., Aug. 1, 1952
Died: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Graveside Service

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Aug. 21, 2017
Location: Sterling Hill Baptist Church

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Griswold – William E. Asal Jr., 65, of Griswold passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday Aug. 13, 2017.
He was born Aug. 1, 1952, in Alexandria, MN, a son to the late Althea ”Tima” (Gallup) and William E. Asal Sr. (Pop). On July 26, 1980 he married his loving wife Barbara A. (Misiaszek) Asal. She survives him.
William grew up on Sterling Hill CT, attended Sterling Memorial School and Plainfield High School.  He excelled at baseball and basketball, and then went on to play collegiate baseball at the Eastern CT State University. He graduated with 6 year advanced degree in education from UConn.  Bill worked as a teacher at his old alama mater Sterling Memorial School where he taught grades from elementary, middle school science, and later was the technology teacher and coordinator over his 35-year tenor.  Bill was very competitive and a big sports enthusiast, primary devoted to his son’s sports involvement in basketball, baseball and soccer.  He was a dedicated fan of the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals and UConn Huskies.  Bill was a coach in the Jewett City league where he taught and led his teams to champions.
Bill lived in Griswold and spent the winter months living in Naples, Florida where he enjoyed playing horseshoes and golf.  He played golf in the French Club and Kranky’s golf leagues, as well as worked during retirement at the pro shop at River Ridge Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, as known as Babz.  They were married a loving 37 years after they met at Sterling Memorial School.
In addition to his wife Barbara, his only son William J. Asal from NY survives him.
He was predeceased by his brother John Asal.
There will be a memorial service held at the Sterling Hill Baptist Church, 548 Sterling Hill Rd, Sterling, CT at 11:00AM on Monday August 21st with a burial to follow within the Evergreen Cemetery 161 Plainfield Road,  Plainfield, CT.  There are no calling hours. The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City has been entrusted with the arrangements.  For online condolences please go to www.gagnepiechowski.com
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ECHO Foundation at 330 Washington Street Suite #220, Norwich, CT 06360

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Tom Van Hoesen
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Barbara, Billy ,

So sorry , I honestly didn't know he was that sick until a few days ago. Just wanted to say Mary and I feel for you guys. May he rest in peace and he will watch over you. I'm going to miss our talks even though they became less and less over the years. - Tom

Darlene Gannon
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Dear Barbara and Billy,
It was with great sadness we learned of Bill's passing. Many happy memories of the 'work' years at SMS. He was a guiding force in many children's lives during his tenure. Always ready with a joke and a smile. Always a gentleman. And, will always be remembered with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Neil & Marlene Cook
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
To Barbara and William J. Asal


Tom& Martha Morett
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Martha & I loved Bill's friendship and love.

Gary Johnson
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Dear Barbara,

So sorry for your loss! Bill was the ultimate teammate and friend growing up. Played basketball and baseball with Bill in High school. What a competitor he was and an excellent athlete as well. I can remember playing croquet on his grandmothers lawn in Moosup when we became good friends. His mom and dad were terrific people and had a lot to do with Billy being such a great guy!

Bob Monahan
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Barbara and Billy; My deepest sympathy. Bill was a great person and great teammate on the Thamesville AC. We were the kids on a team of veterans. I saw him last year at the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame dinner. He missed the picture at the banquet but I was able to plug him in (with help from my son). He was so grateful, but that is how he was just a great guy. Put him right up front in the picture where he belongs. He will be missed. Bob Monahan

Maureen Brunsdon Jensen
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Barbara and Bill,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Bill Sr. I grew up with Bill along with my cousins when we visited Ekonk Hill. We were in the same High School graduating class at Plainfield. Bill was a terrific athlete and friend to everyone. I am sure that the memories you share will sustain you through this difficult time. God Bless his soul and may you find peace.

Mike and Carolyn Herrick
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
Dear Barbara And Billy,
Our condolences on the sorrowful passing of Bill. Getting to know him when we coached Billy and Aaron's basketball team in the Norwich rec league was a pleasure. We had a lot of fun at those games. Bill had a great sense of keeping things in perspective. We could see that Bill, you and Billy were a loving family and had a special relationship.
Mike and Carolyn Herrick

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