SOUTHINGTON - A man who stepped up to serve as the first chairman of the Southington Water Board is being remembered for the time and service he gave to others in the small western Trumbull County township.
William C. ''Bill'' Horton, 80, died Wednesday at Trumbull Mem-orial Hospital in Warren.
Township Trustee Chairman Sam Plott said Horton was one of the three original board members to serve on the water board when it was established in 2009.
''Bill always stepped up if it meant for the betterment of the community. He was a very community-minded person and a pillar of the community. That was who he was,'' Plott said.
Plott said Horton would also provide assistance and his expertise when asked to help or whenever someone needed help.
He said when the water board was in its early stages and there was uncertainty of what was ahead in getting water to the township, Horton was among those who offered to help in whatever way he could.
''As trustees, we were starting something new and not sure what to expect. He and others were willing to be part of this. It was a blessing for us to have him among the original group,'' Plott said.
''He will be greatly missed. Our community has suffered a big loss,'' Plott said.
Horton was owner / operator of Horton Electrical Contracting Inc., retiring in 1997.
Jack Morse, business manager with IBEW Local 573, said he remembers working with Horton as an apprentice at Horton Electric.
''He was a fair, well-liked and generous employer who took care of his employees often over and above,'' Morse said.
Morse said Horton employed many members of IBEW over the years.
Ed May, an electrician, was one of those who worked for Horton for 10 years, remembering him as ''a good honest man who treated his employees well.
''I worked with him on the County Courthouse and the Carnegie Law Library,'' May said.
May said he remembers working for Horton at the time he retired.
''Bill always had his hands in everything and helped so many,'' he said.
Horton and his wife, Beverly, who also was served in community works, were active with the Southington United Methodist Church, where the family requests material contributions be made in his memory.
LaRue Harshman, a member of the church, said Horton had been a church member for many years and served on the church board and the trustees.
''We always said if you needed to get something done at the church, call Bill. He did everything. He put the Christmas lights on the church tower,'' she said.
Harshman said Horton was ''a very giving person'' who was always doing something for someone.
Horton was also involved with many groups and organizations including Trumbull 100, Boy Scouts of America, SCOPE, past master of West Farmington Masonic Lodge 57, past president of Children's Rehabilitation Board, Rotary Club of Warren, Salvation Army Board, Trumbull Shrine Club, Buckeye Club, Buckeye Investors and Air Force Community Council.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Masonic service will take place at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.