Dana L. Billings, 75, of Hebron, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Yale Smilow New Haven Hospital after a two month battle with lymphoma. Born March 9, 1946 in Stonington, ME, he was the son of Elmer and Helene (Burns) Billings. When Dana was 22, he met the love of his life, Diane Buyak, at a dance. The couple married on June 28, 1969 and shared 53 years of marriage together. They originally lived in Hartford, and eventually, they moved to Hebron in 1998. For 39 years, he worked at the Travelers Insurance Company while also acting as the Pastor and an Elder for the Community of Christ Church in East Windsor. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved gardening, hunting, clamming, and working on outdoor projects. He was a true jack of all trades who could fix or build anything. In his younger years, he learned the craft of making a stained glass lamp shade and built a tandem kayak and two whizzer motorbikes. During retirement, he spent most of his time helping his children with various projects and vacationing in Mexico where he enjoyed the beach and food. He also had a great passion for helping others and will always be remembered for his loving and helpful nature. As a pastor, he loved his parishioners as an extension of his own family and always volunteered his time at the soup kitchen to help others in need. He is survived by his wife, Diane Billings; son Christian (Terri) Billings, daughter Stacey (Hugo) Brugnolo; sister Karen (Jim) Stickelmaier; grandchildren Hunter and Abby Billings and Gabriel and Lorenzo Brugnolo; and numerous other extended family and friends. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 12-1 PM at the Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home, and a chapel service will follow at 1 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Dana’s memory to the Community of Christ Church or the Lymphoma Research Foundation. A special thank you is given to Dr. Huntington, Dr. Matera, and Dr. Foss as well as all the others who took care of Dana during his time at Yale hospital. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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