March 4, 1952 ~ February 6, 2021

Born in: Meriden, CT
Resided in: Meriden, CT

William E. Trella, age 68, son of the late Edward F. Trella and Mildred E. (Hansen) Trella, passed away February 6, 2021, after a hard fought battle during the pandemic. A lifelong resident of Meriden, Bill met the love of his life, Deborah (Bell) Trella as a teenager. He was a graduate of Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden. Bill worked at Joseph T. Ryerson & Son in Wallingford for 28 years before spending the balance of his career as a slitter operator at Atlantic Steele in Waterbury.
In addition to his loving wife of 50 years, he is survived by his three sons, Peter E. Trella and wife Susan of Meriden; Brandon J. Trella and wife Wendy of Middletown; Justin W. Trella and his wife Kelly of Meriden; five adoring grandchildren, Nicholas Trella and Kaliyah Hunt, Anna Trella and Peter Trella Jr., and Jake Trella; two sisters, Suzanne Horbacewicz of Las Vegas, NV, and Marilyn DiMattia and her husband Aldo of Wallingford and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will also be missed by his many close friends, whom he considered extended family, and the many “kids” he gained through childhood friends of his sons that also called him “dad.”
Over the years, Bill enjoyed camping and spending time with the campground crew, visiting Polish Knights and P.L.A.V, hunting, fishing, golfing, visiting the casinos, traveling to the Caribbean and more than anything else, spending time with his family and friends. He duckpin bowled and played softball with his dad and three boys for many years. Bill’s three sons were his best friends, and he loved kicking back with a favorite beverage around a fire pit and sharing stories and laughs. He absolutely adored his grandkids and all their adventures together. Bill will be missed for his outgoing personality, awesome sense of humor and willingness to always lend a helping hand.Bill was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Theodore Horbacewicz, and his nephew and godson, Kevin Horbacewicz. The Trella family is grateful for the caring, wonderful staff at Midstate Medical Center, especially Dr. Steven Prunk and an incredible group of nurses and assistants.
Friends are invited to visit with Bill’s family on Friday, February 12th from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Angels, St. Joseph Church Campus at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Masks and social distancing policies to be observed. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the MidState Provider Wellness Fund, c/o Development Office, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.



Visitation: February 12, 2021 9:00 - 10:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


Mass of Christian Burial: February 12, 2021 11:00 am

St. Joseph Church, Meriden
22 Goodwill Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


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  1. Maureen and Billy Sansing our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Lean on God for comfort 🙏

  2. I’ll never forget the first pig roast. Bill didn’t believe it was happening. He set his alarm early. When rounded the corner on D street and saw the barbeque fire going. That was one of many events that started the best friendship.
    Love you Bill. Rest in peace.
    Actually make sure you save some beer for me.

    • If I remember correctly, Bill had set the alarm for 4 am and couldn’t believe what he saw…the “D” street gang standing around the sites getting things prepared and having a favorite beverage (or 2). Amazing what the “D” street guys would always do to have a HUGE gathering of friends and family enjoy their picnics. They are the reason why Bill got into and enjoyed cooking and I’m happy that they did. We are so glad of that day (over 30 years ago) walking by this one campsite and meeting some of the most beautiful people in the world. Bill finally got that brother(s) that he always wanted.

  3. To the entire Trella family,
    I am so sorry to hear that my childhood friend Billy has passed. I grew up on Sperry Lane and remember to this day how Billy use to pop wheelies on his bicycle and would ride the entire length of my dead end street on one tire. Once again my deepest condolences. RIP Billy.

  4. Cuz Debbie, Pete, Brandon and Justin….
    So SORRY, Bill and I go way back and I have so many GREAT memories with him Kicker and John in our high school years.
    Playing softball, coaching the girls, D B bowling, hunting, fishing, card playing at the club and more recently GOLFING.
    I can’t believe he is gone…..Pam and I will miss him and our softball games and parties won’t be the same without HIM.

  5. I have such fond memories of Bill (a.k.a. Trella Fella) back from our camping days. His laughter and personality were contagious and I know he will be greatly missed. Sending our love and prayers to your family.

  6. My heart felt condolences to your family.
    you dad sounded like an amazing man
    Fathers are special people wish you all well

  7. Justin, Kelly,Jake& family,
    My heart breaks for you! Losing a TREASURED PART OF YOUR FAMILY is SOUL CRUSHING may you find peace in your 💕 and tell a FUNNY STORY ABOUT HIM SO you can TREASURE A GREAT MEMORY!

  8. Billy Trella was a wonderful person. My biggest regret is that I didnt see him often. Billy and my brother Dennis were the best of friends, growing up and after— almost inseparable at times . Glad to say , Ive known Billy Trella longer than most FAMILY , because of my senior (old) status and working for uncle ED , at his service station. Billy helped a lot of family and friends, many ,of which few people even know about. Billy Trella, Was a Wonderful Person. My deep condolences to Billy’s family. Rich Trella

  9. I will remember Bill for his wonderful laughter, friendly smile, and great humor.
    Debbie and family, I am so sorry.

  10. Condolences to the Trella family and love to my family/friend Sue Horbacewicz for this tragic loss.
    Please know even though we cannot be in person, that sympathy and loving energy is being sent.

  11. Deb, Peter, Brandon and Justin,

    Our memories of Bill go back to high school when we were care free and single. What fond memories. What fun we had having parties and visiting you at different camp grounds.

    Bill’s good nature made you want to be around him. He passed his legacy on to his sons which is a gift that will live on forever.

    Blessings and Peace to his family.

    • Nancy and John, thank you for all your kind words of Bill. He was a great guy (and still is). The famous saying… the good die young. I wished that saying never existed. Yes, the boys are just as great as their dad. He surely will be missed. 🙏🙏🙏

  12. Auntie Debbie and family. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Bill was loved by many.

  13. Debbie , Peter, Brandon, Justin
    Ray and I are so sad to hear that Bill passed. We will never forget all the good times we had at the campground. He was a special person and I know David and Cindy felt terrible when I told them. He watched over all the kids that were camping and friends with his sons. I wish we knew about the services, but as it turned out we had our first dose of the vaccine and Friday we had a bad reaction. Debbie I’ll call you soon . Just remember all our good times together. Maybe Ray and I can come over to visit when things get better. We love you ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏😢😢😢😢

    • Thank you Ray and Annette for your kind words. It means a lot hearing from long time friendships that we made along our life’s journey. We do have so so so many memories during our many years as friends at the campground and even on the off season. Bill did leave a big hole in so many of our hearts and surely will be missed 😥💔

  14. To the Trella Family From an old classmate and old friend. Sad to hear about Bill. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. John Torchia Tucson AZ

    • Thank you John. Means a lot. There was a time when you and Bill (and me) (and Kris) were very close friends but people grow apart and raise a family. Nice to hear from you. Hope all is well with you.

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