East Lyme - Philip A. Kensel, 64, passed away on April 2, 2014, at his home, 11 Wells St., Niantic.
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He was born on June 1, 1949, in Hartford to George E. Kensel Jr. and Dorothy (Benker) Kensel. Philip grew up in Old Lyme and graduated from Norwich Regional Tech High School. In 1968, Philip joined the U.S. Navy and served our country for six years. He served in the Vietnam War as a Navy Seabee in the Mobile Construction Battalion. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Ribbon, and Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. Philip worked as a plumber at Niantic Plumbing and then for The Nutmeg Companies in Norwich, where he retired in 2012.
Philip married Patricia Madona in Jamaica, and they were happily married for 11 years.
Phil was a member of Niantic Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed fishing, boating, skeet shooting, and celebrating life with his wife and friends.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Kensel and brother, Robert Kensel.
Philip is survived by his spouse, Patricia Kensel Madona of Niantic; his daughter, Jade Cavalco and granddaughter, Arielle Cavalco; his sisters, Diane Swinburne of Salem, Patricia Traver of New York; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association of Connecticut, Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460 or online at webct.alsa.org.
Services will be held at later dates; a memorial service to celebrate Philip's life and burial at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown will be held at a later date.
Published in The Day on Apr. 8, 2014