William M. Hajj

Bill HajjWilliam M. Hajj, 92 of Danbury, founder of the William Hajj Insurance Agency, Inc. died on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Danbury Hospital.

He was the husband of Concetta “Tina” (LaBarbera) Hajj.

Mr. Hajj was born in Worcester, MA, February 1, 1920, a son of the late Abraham and Susan (Farrah) Hajj.  He moved to Danbury with his family in 1927, attended local schools and graduated from Booth and Baylis College with a degree in accounting.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, PFC Hajj was wounded in France in 1944 by enemy tank fire. He was a recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Two Bronze Service Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Hajj was appointed in 1966 by President Johnson to the Selective Service Board where he served for a period of six years.

In 1950, Mr. Hajj was appointed clerk of the former Danbury City Court serving under numerous Judges until 1961.

He also served as a former member of the City of Danbury Planning Commission and Board of Tax Review.

Mr. Hajj established in 1956 the William Hajj Insurance Agency of Danbury.

He was a former member of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee, a member and former president of the Lebanon-American Club, the Disabled American Veterans, the Catholic War Veterans and of St. Ann Melkite Church.

His pastime was walking. After being wounded and unable to walk for a period of twenty-four months, he then walked every working day of his life.

In addition to his wife, Concetta “Tina” of sixty years, he is survived by a son, William A. Hajj and his wife, Elizabeth of Danbury; a daughter, Cynthia Scalzo and her husband, Richard of Hopkinton, MA; five grandchildren, Justin, Danielle and Andrea Hajj and Richard and Gregory Scalzo; a brother, Alfred Hajj and his wife, Louise of Danbury and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hajj was predeceased by three brothers, George, Charles who was killed in Anzio, Italy and Edward and by three sisters, Madeline Tomey, Eva Haddad and Lillian Ramey.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Friday at 11 AM in St. Ann Melkite Church, 183 Clapboard Ridge Road (Rt. 39N), Danbury with Archimandrite Michael Skrocki officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury will military honors.

The family will receive friends at St. Ann Church on Friday from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.

Contributions in Mr. Hajj’s memory may be made to St. Ann’s Church Building Fund.

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