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“I was so sorry, to hear of your father's passing. He was always a great asset to myself, as I tried to keep my home on Simsbury Manor Drive looking...Read More ยป
1 of 9 | Posted by: Tom McGuire - Bristol, CT

“My condolences on the passing of Joe. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dom Zacchio ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dom Zacchio

“Bruce,Eric and Clay. We are so sorry to hear about for dad our thoughts and prayers are with you.Fondly Nelson and Barbara Ferguson. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss may you draw comfort from Gods word at Hosea 13:14 Sincerely. L Ohio ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“To all of the Bidwell family we extend our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you all. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jon and Sue Case - Westfield, MA

“my condolences to the Bidwell family in this difficult time. Your family has a good presence in the Farmington Valley agriculture businesses. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: MIke Clark - Avon, CT

“Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts go out to the entire Bidwell Family. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Scot & Kristy Thompson

“Our heartfelt condolences to Helen and all of the extended family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Our sincerest condolences to the Bidwell family.BrightStar Care of HartfordTeam of caregivers, nurses and staff ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Heidi Huhn PArtain - CT


Joseph D. "Joe" Bidwell, 92, of Weatogue, passed away, peacefully, December 20, 2016, at his home. Born, December 12, 1924 in East Hartford to the late Joseph and Marion (Lewis) Bidwell. After graduating from high school, Joe joined the Army Air Corp and proudly served in the 5th Division in the Pacific during W.W. II. After his military service, he met Helen Backlund and began a 70-year love affair that we all aspire to achieve. Joe attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and majored in turf sciences. He was the course superintendent at the Golf Club of Avon for over 25 years. He was a pioneer in turf grass production, growing, selling, and experimenting on a wide variety of sods for over 60 years. Over 38 years ago, Joe and his family opened the Simsbury Agway Store (now Bidwell's Yard, Garden, and Pet). In 1982, Joe was inducted as an honorary life member of the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, (CAGCS). He and his wife Helen enjoyed many winters in Naples, Florida in semi-retirement as he always returned in the Spring to work on his beloved farm in Avon. He was a member of Gildo Consolini Post # 3272, VFW, Avon. Besides his loving wife, Helen, of 65 years, he leaves three sons, Bruce and his wife Margie Bidwell of Bloomfield, Clayton and his wife Toni Bidwell of Bloomfield, and Eric and his wife Dee Bidwell of Canton. Also, mourning his loss are his three precious granddaughters Maggie and Laura Bidwell of Canton and Annie Bidwell of Bloomfield. Besides his parents, Joe was predeceased by his sister Shirley Bidwell. His family would like to especially thank the staff of the Farmington Valley VNA for their wonderful care that allowed Joe to spend his final months at home with his family. His family will receive friends Wednesday, January 11, 2016, from 5-7:30pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Military honors and a Memorial Service to celebrate his life will follow at 7:30pm. Burial will be in Curtiss Cemetery, Wildwood Road, Simsbury at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to CT Department of Veterans Affairs, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.