MOSCOW - Paul C. DeCelle, of Moscow, Vt., passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, unexpectedly but peacefully to join his loving wife and daughter with the angels.
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Paul was born on Dec. 23, 1929, and grew up in Waterbury, the son of Roland and Martha DeCelle.
He graduated from Waterbury High School where he joined the Army and served in the Korean War.
He married his love, Virginia Maynard DeCelle, on Aug. 20, 1955.
Paul and Ginny moved to Stowe where Paul worked for the Walkers until he was able to purchase his own grocery store, DeCelle's Market in Moscow. There, Paul and Ginny raised three daughters, Renee, Denise and Nicole.
Paul loved his community, working as part of Stowe's volunteer fire department and marching in the Memorial Day parade for many years. He was a huge part of the Stowe Horse Show, supporting all of his daughters' love for horses and riding. He could be seen on the weekends driving a horse trailer to one of many horse shows.
Paul became the honorary mayor of Moscow, taking pride in his store and all the patrons that visited. He was a great storyteller and loved to share those stories, along with the history of Stowe to all of his family and friends.
After retiring as postmaster and selling the store, both Paul and Ginny took many trips with their granddaughter, Ashley. They bought their retirement home, and worked day and night to make it into the beautiful home and property it is today. He will be remembered for the love he showed in being the sole care provider for his wife for many years after she suffered a brain aneurysm.
Paul's love was not just for his community and family, but for all animals. He could be seen driving down to Cotton Brook where he would release all the gray squirrels he humanely trapped and released. The family joke was that the squirrels always followed him back home.
He will be remembered as a wonderful father, brother, grandfather and member of the community.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Ginny, and daughter Denise. He is survived by his daughters Renee DeCelle, of South Burlington, and Nicole DeCelle, of Colchester; his granddaughter, Ashley deGrasse; his sister and her spouse, Carolyn and Dick Ellis, of California; sister Mary Louise, of Florida; and many wonderful cousins and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe.
Donations in Paul's name can be made to the Stowe Volunteer Fire Department, or the nurses of Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Renee and Nicki would like to thank the Stowe Rescue and the nurses in the ICU at Copley Hospital for the wonderful care they gave both Ginny and Paul over the years.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 19, 2012