PFEIL, Dean A.
Dean A. Pfeil, 61, of Kensington, passed away unexpectedly Monday, (January 28, 2013) in Marco Island, FL. Son of Mary (Rubitz) Pfeil and the late Arnold "Arnie" Pfeil Sr., he was a longtime Connecticut resident, but also lived many years in the Naples, FL area, a place he loved and missed, and was planning to move there once again to start the next chapter in his life. A 1969 graduate of Berlin High School, Dean attended New England Technical Institute in New Britain, and worked as a lineman with SNET for 25 years, Sprint for eight years, and several other communications companies until his retirement. Dean loved the outdoors, traveling, NASCAR and was an avid, accomplished sportsman - fishing, boating, golf, bowling, winter sports and more. However, he may best be known for his love of riding his Harley. Despite having survived a number of serious motorcycle accidents with tough recoveries, his passion for riding was unwavering as he continued to ride. Dean was also a proud former member of the Berlin Lions, Italian and Polish Clubs, Moose Lodge #183 and #1990 (Marco Island), Westbrook Elks Lodge, Unity Lodge #148 A.F.&A.M., New Britain Hibernians and the Hartford Shriners/Sphinx Temple Arab Patrol. Everyone who met Dean wanted to be his friend, and everyone who knew him loved him. He was fun-loving, lived fast-paced and without fear. He will be remembered for his big smile, contagious laugh and a playfully deviant personality, all of which have served him well through the years. Dean's loss will leave a permanent void in many lives, as he was the epitome of one-of-a-kind. Choosing never to "settle down," Dean devoted himself to his many longtime friends crossing several generations. He also dedicated himself to his "adopted" family members who loved him as a brother or uncle, and for whom he was often mistaken. In addition to his mother, Dean is also survived by his brother and sister in-law, Arnold E. Pfeil Jr. and his wife Diane of Bradford, NH.
Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, 74 Cheshire Road, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. Directions to the funeral home can be found at www.portersfuneral.com.