July 25, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 125 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
IN HONOR OF MR. WILLIAM ``BILL'' BATTLE; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 125
(Extensions of Remarks - July 25, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1066-E1067] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR OF MR. WILLIAM ``BILL'' BATTLE ______ HON. ELIZABETH H. ESTY of connecticut in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Ms. ESTY of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart to honor the life of my friend, Mr. William ``Bill'' Battle and to recognize his contributions to the State of Connecticut, especially to his community of Torrington, Connecticut. Bill passed away on July 20, 2018 at the age of 82, after a long life of dedicated service to his community. Bill was born in New York, New York and was raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Bill attended New Haven public schools before enrolling at Howard University in Washington, D.C. After college, Bill joined the Army where he worked on computers. Bill continued in computers when he left the Army, traveling the world for IBM. Bill eventually returned to Connecticut to be near his ailing mother. It was here where he met his wife Darlene, who was working as a nurse's aide. The two married in 1994, and after their son was born they moved to Torrington. After moving to Torrington, Bill fell in love with the small city. Serving as the economic development commissioner for a brief time, Bill worked to celebrate Torrington's educational excellence and attract young families while reviving the city's downtown through a focus on the arts and small business. In addition to working closely with town leaders to improve the city's economy, Bill also advocated for children and education in Torrington. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Academy of the Arts in Torrington, Bill helped bring the arts back to the Torrington community and is credited for helping start the international film forum. Ultimately, Bill loved anything intellectual and enjoyed discussing ideas with his fellow community members. While working as the campaign coordinator for former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, Bill would frequently have dinner at the Republican campaign headquarters because he just wanted to engage in political discourse. His Republican colleagues stated that all Bill ever wanted was to see Torrington do better. Those who knew Bill knew that nothing gave him more pride than seeing his children succeed. Bill could often be seen wearing a Yale hat to show his immense delight when his son, Darnell, was accepted to the University. I met Bill seven years ago and was immediately impressed by his passion, his knowledge, his energy, and his fearlessness in taking on tough issues and those in power. His commitment to democracy and his belief that we all could--and should--do better inspired [[Page E1067]] me and everyone who was lucky enough to know him. Mr. Speaker, Bill Battle led a life as an engaged community member and community activist. Therefore, it is fitting and proper that we honor his life and memory here today. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Darlene and his children, Carla, Darnell, Violetta, and William and to all of his family. Those of us who knew Bill will cherish his memory, and his legacy will live on in our community. ____________________