Rell, Louis R.
Louis Robert Rell, 73, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014 with his family at his side. Lou was married to M. "Jodi" Rell, the former Governor of Connecticut.
Lou was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Helen (White) and Louis Rell. He had an extraordinary life. From the time he was 16 he knew he wanted to fly, and fly he did. Lou was a proud Navy pilot stationed aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal, Saratoga and America. After leaving the Navy, Lou went on to have a distinguished flying career as a captain with Trans World Airlines (TWA).
As a former member of the Brookfield Police Commission and a past president of the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company, Lou believed very much in serving his community. For the past few years Lou has been a volunteer at the New England Air Museum, helping to restore various types of aircraft.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Lou leaves behind his daughter, Meredith O'Connor and son-in-law Matt, his son, Michael Rell and daughter-in-law Maura, and his beloved grandchildren, Tyler and Shane O'Connor and Madeline and Charlie Rell.
Lou also leaves his brother Allan and sister-in-law, Phyllis, of Langhorne, PA, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Nils and Carol Bahringer of Virginia Beach, VA and his brother-in-law Hugh Glisson of Hastings, NE.
He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lou was very proud of his family. When his wife became governor in 2004, a reporter once asked him what he wanted to be called: "the First Man, the First Husband, the First Gentleman?" Lou answered simply, "Please, just call me Lou."
Thanks Lou, for the memories….
A Service to Celebrate Lou's life will be held at the Brookfield Congregational Church, Brookfield Center, CT at 11am on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Friends will be received on Friday from 4pm - 8pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lou's memory may be made to the New England Air Museum, Att: Debbie Reed, 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT 06096.
For further information or to express your condolences on-line, please go to www.thegreenfuneralhome.com
Published in News Times on Mar. 25, 2014