William Ranson


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, April 29, 2024
Hoyt Funeral Home
199 Main St
New Canaan, Connecticut, United States

Obituary of William Everett Ranson

William "Bill "Ranson died peacefully at his home in Cheshire, CT, surrounded by his family on Monday, April 22nd,  after a brave and valiant battle against lung cancer. Bill faced his illness with the same grace and dignity he displayed in all aspects of his life.  Bill was a true American hero who left behind a legacy of selfless dedication to the service of others.  

Bill proudly served his country in the US Army for 21 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star (among many other awards) for heroism in a combat zone. 

When Bill retired from the military he chose to continue serving the public by joining the New Canaan Police Dept. He served the citizens of New Canaan for 20 years before retiring for good in 2009. 

In addition to his work, Bill also found the time to enjoy his passions. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Astros. Bill was an avid bowler who never missed league night, and he enjoyed the camaraderie of his teammates as much as the game itself. Win or lose, Bill never had a bad night of bowling. 

Bill wore many hats throughout his life: that of a soldier, a police officer, and a dedicated football and baseball fan.  But the hat he wore most proudly, was that of a devoted family man who ALWAYS put the needs of those he loved above his own.

Among those who are left to mourn his passing are his wife of 42 years, Mary Ellen Ranson, and his children James, Kaitlin, and Courtney Ranson. His siblings Larry Pugh, Matt Ranson, Margie Lang, Linda Webb, Tom Ranson, Karen Johnson, Mike Ranson, Byron Diehl, as well as several nieces and nephews who adored him. 

Bill was greeted in Heaven by his brother Kenny Ladd and his parents Matthew and Florence (Mickey) Ranson, with whom Bill always gave full credit for making him the man he became. 

We thank you, Matt and Mickey, for taking the time and effort to turn your young boy into the incredible man he became. Please hold him safe and well until we meet again.


Calling hours will take place on Monday, April 29th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan, CT  06840.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s honor to Tunnel to Towers Foundation www.t2t.org

Bill’s final resting place will be in Arlington Cemetery in honor of his dedication to his country.

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