WALLINGFORD - James Valentine Gindel, 75, of Wallingford, beloved husband of 51 years of Patricia (Crean) Gindel, left the body and went to the light surrounded by his family on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Son of the late Dorothy (Herget) and Julius Gindel of Wallingford, Jim was born on Feb. 14, 1938.
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Besides his wife Pat, Jim leaves his four daughters: Monica Dupuis (Frank); Christine Olin (John); Sally Brink (Damon); and Claudine Zelenski (Kevin); and four grandchildren who lovingly called him "Poppy" or "Pop": Spc. Colby Olin; Riley Olin; Faith Zelenski; and James-Arthur Keith Brink.
He is survived by his sisters, Anne Lamb, Eleanor Pyle, and Marge Kimball; his brothers-in-law, Dee Pyle and David Kimball Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Loy Lamb; and his nephew, Mark Lamb. He leaves behind many beloved cousins with whom he had many adventures, especially Ray, Donny, and Bobby Bilodeau; and Richie, Freddie, David, and Alan Herget. His dear friend, Ralph Perez, no matter where his travels took him, always kept in touch with Jim.
Jim's childhood was filled with adventures and explorations. He loved to fish at the Wallingford Reservoir, and spent many a day with his cousins and friends at Community Lake. He learned about carpentry, mechanics, and engines from his father and uncles at a young age, and loved to build, fix, and tinker. Later in life, he built numerous intricate early American models.
He attended Holy Trinity School and St. Mary's High School. Shortly after graduation his buddies Ralph and Larry showed up at his door and Ralph said, "Let's go, we're joining the Air Force." They went right to the recruiting office with a few more buddies and enlisted that day.
Jim was stationed in Africa in communications. After the service, he started working for Southern New England Telephone Co. He retired after over 25 years.
Dad, we will always remember you carrying your SNET-issued scissors. We will miss you making peanut butter crackers, your innovative cooking, telling stories, and your sense of humor. Thank you for all of the years you were our protector, provider, and teacher. We are all forever grateful and honored for your presence in our life.
Per Jim's wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services. If you wish to contact the family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for mailing addresses.
We would like to thank everyone from the Yalesville Rescue Team, the Emergency Room, and Progressive Care (ICU) at Mid-State Medical for the amazing care given to not only our father but to our entire family. Thanks to Father Ron of SS. Peter & Paul Church for the beautiful Anointing of the Sick. There are so many wonderful souls who supported our family during this time; thank you all.
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 2, 2014