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In Memory of

Bernard Kindilien

June 6, 1923 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


BERNARD J. KINDILIEN JR. formerly of New Milford, Connecticut passed on November 24, 2016 at Treasure Coast Hospice of Ft Pierce, Florida. He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on June 6, 1923 to Bernard J. and Julia (Fitzgerald) Kindilien. He graduated from Norwalk High School in June of 1942. He was an avid aviation fan while growing up and after high school followed his dream and attended the Chance Vought/Sikorsky trade school in Bridgeport Connecticut from July 1942 through September 1942 and was transferred to the Main Plant in Stratford where he assembled the upper...

BERNARD J. KINDILIEN JR. formerly of New Milford, Connecticut passed on November 24, 2016 at Treasure Coast Hospice of Ft Pierce, Florida. He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on June 6, 1923 to Bernard J. and Julia (Fitzgerald) Kindilien. He graduated from Norwalk High School in June of 1942. He was an avid aviation fan while growing up and after high school followed his dream and attended the Chance Vought/Sikorsky trade school in Bridgeport Connecticut from July 1942 through September 1942 and was transferred to the Main Plant in Stratford where he assembled the upper and lower air ducts for the Chance Vought F4U Corsair. He was drafted into the Army on January 4th, 1943 and served as an Army Medic, Surgical Assistant and Dental Assistant at military bases in the United States. He often spoke of his time at the Army Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, California where he was part of a team to receive and treat wounded soldiers returning from the Pacific Theater. He attained the rank of corporal. He was discharged from the Army on March 6th, 1946 and after a short break returned to his position at the Chance Vought/Sikorsky plant in Lordship, Stratford, Connecticut. This time he assembled the right and left wing ammunition belt guides for the on board 50 caliber machine guns. It is at this plant where his wife Dorothy (Hall) Kindilien also worked wiring the main cockpit electrical panels, all for the Corsair F4U. When Chance Vought decided to relocate to Texas, Bernard and his wife relocated to New Milford, Connecticut where he eventually was employed with McNulty Trucking Company as a heavy equipment operator and landfill specialist. He stayed with that firm through subsequent purchases by SCA and Waste Management until his retirement in 1988. He is pre-deceased in death by his parents, his brother Edward, his wife Dorothy (Hall) Kindilien and his granddaughter Jennifer Lyn Kindilien. He leaves a son Robert E. and daughter-in-law Jo Renee (Rebstock) Kindilien of Deltona, Florida, a granddaughter Kristin (Kindilien) Johnson of Linesboro, Maryland, a step-grandson and granddaughter H. Brill Jr. and his wife Kelly (Allison) Brill, of Deltona, Florida including numerous step-grand and great grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He was an active member of American Legion Post 31 in New Milford, Connecticut. He was a talented Fly Fisherman and often visited his favorite fishing holes on the Housatonic River in Cornwall, Connecticut. He was an avid writer and wrote many short stories and novellas. After a service of remembrance on a date to be determined in April at graveside, his remains will be interred next to his wife at the Morningside Cemetery in Gaylordsville, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to your local Hospice, or in the name of Jennifer Lyn Kindilien to the Carroll Springs School, 495 South Center Street, Westminster, Maryland