I ask all Americans to consider how you can give someone in need a reason to be thankful...Every act of love and generosity, however small it may seem, is significant. Every time you reach out to a neighbor in need you touch a life, you improve your community, and you strengthen our nation.
- President George Bush, Radio Address, November 30, 2002
House of Heroes has many generous sponsors.
We thank them for their help and encourage everyone to use their services.
American Legion Auxiliary, Kiltonic Unit, No. 72 (Southington)
Beecher and Bennett Funeral Services
Biltmore Construction Inc
Coldwell Banker CT
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Dance Fits U
Dave Cote, LLC
DeLucia Home Improvements
FD Plumbing & Heating
F.J. Miller Construction Inc
Home Depot's Team Depot
HQ Dumpsters and Recycling
K and J Tree Service
Pacelli Contractors Inc
Sikorsky Aircraft/United Technologies Corp.
Stanley Black & Decker
Smokin' with Chris
Susco Building Group, LLC
Tom HIll Septic
Uprising Productions (Mark Stevenson)
West Rock Materials
This website is dedicated to past Chairman and Co-Founder of HOHCT
Bill "Big Cheese" May
December 6, 1957 - December 3, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel William "Bill" May III (Retired) always found a way to serve after completing his distinguished military service. He was a champion of veterans' causes and exemplified his own motto of "service before self." With 24 years of military service, leadership roles in the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and his recent inception of the non-profit organization, House of Heroes CT(HOHCT). Bill was a leader and a hero for veterans not only in Connecticut, but across the country. Bill began his service to our country with Army ROTC leadership at the University of Delaware. Upon graduation, he was selected for flight school at Ft Rucker, Alabama. Bill's passion for flight led him to become a maintenance test pilot and found him a spot in Germany. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Unit Test Pilot where he was responsible for aircraft personnel and maintaining an operational ready status for his unit. Upon leaving Europe, Bill became the Director of Combat Development at the Aviation Logistic School at Ft. Eustis, VA. He was specifically responsible for developing the requirements of future Army aircraft. When Bill retired from active duty he started a civilian career with Sikorsky Aircraft and moved to Connecticut. He continued his service to our country and joined the CT National Guard, where he served for 17 more years. He became dually qualified as a Blackhawk test pilot for the CT National Guard. Bill's knowledge and expertise of Army Aviation helped form Congressional reviews and Blackhawk procurements for our soldiers. During this time, he was selected to attend the National College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC. LTC May's graduation from the National War College inspired him greatly and led him to pursue his life's passion of serving veterans. Bill's lifetime membership of AAAA has led him to hold many leadership positions within the organization. His most recent endeavor for veterans, House of Heroes, has led him to link AAAA members to service veterans nationally. In 2012, Bill founded the Connecticut Chapter of House of Heroes. Under Bill's guidance, House of Heroes Connecticut has repaired 83 homes in five years. Bill procured many corporate sponsors including Stanley Black and Decker Tools and Home Depot to complete other House of Heroes home remodels in Delaware, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana. Anyone who encountered Bill will attest that he was a consummate professional, getting the job done with excellence, year after year, with no expectation of recognition. Bill's immense impact was not only on the local veteran community, but nationwide. His perseverance after his distinguished military service, along with his dedication and vision towards service and action to others makes him our hero. In his spare time he loved to be with his family, build unique water features, create stained glass, photograph the world, take selfies, head-up Dance Team Support, paint murals and be with "BaDane".
EM2 Philip C. Wache
March 4, 1940 - July 18, 2015
Philip was a man that worked tirelessly throughout his life to help others, especially veterans. He served for 4 years in the US Navy on the USS Vigil (Radar Picket) YAGR-12. Philip was actively involved with the Disabled American Vets (DAV) and was a three time Commander of the Southington Post 72 American Legion. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Philip and his wife Rachel were actively involved in helping House of Heroes CT.
Delores A. Sullivan
July 18, 1931 – December 27, 2016
Delores was a woman whose life was marked by her family, a sense of compassion, and her boundless charity. Among the causes important to her were the McDonald’s Birthday Club for seniors (which she founded), Special Olympics, holiday celebrations for the students at the New Haven Detention Center School, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and most recently, House of Heroes. There was never an individual or worthy cause she didn’t open her heart to.
May 21.1920 - May 27,2017
After graduating from high school in Dunellen, N.J., Clif attended Lehigh University, Rutgers University, and Columbia University where he studied organic chemistry and chemical engineering. His landlady introduced him to a new tenant, a lovely young teacher named Mary Shuey. They dated and were married on June 1, 1942. A few weeks later, Clif was recruited into the U.S. Army Air Force as an ammunition specialist. He served his country proudly in the bomb disposal unit disarming explosive devices for three years throughout the European and northern African theatres. At the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Clif was honorably discharged as a technical sergeant after having received a Bronze Star and numerous other service recognitions. Following the war, Clif was employed as a chemist by the Calco Chemical Company, later to be renamed American Cyanamid, from which he retired in 1985. Clif and Mary were married for 66 years until her passing. They enjoyed traveling in this country with their family and around the world following their retirement. Clif was a very proud American, a master chess player, a tinkerer and a gardener. He loved his home in the center of Cheshire, and he taught chess to hundreds of elementary children in after school clubs. He was a decades long member of the First Congregational Church in Cheshire and the Cheshire Army Air Force Round Table. Most especially he loved his family.