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Patrick S. Riel


1931 - 2020
Patrick S. Riel Obituary
Patrick S. Riel 2020
Ellington - Patrick S. Riel, age 88, of Ellington, Conn., formerly of Norwich, Conn., passed away Friday afternoon, March 20, 2020, at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, Conn. surrounded by his loving family.
He leaves three sons, Philip Riel and wife Diana of Perryopolis, Pa., John Riel and wife Diane O'Hagan of Ellington, Conn., and Thomas Riel and wife Donna of Lempster, N.H.; stepdaughters, Claudette Pelletier and partner Rick Gottier of West Stafford, Conn., Annette Foisey of Manchester, Conn., and Jeannette Pelletier of Vernon, Conn.; his stepsons, Daniel Pelletier and Deb of Strafford, N.H., Antonio Pelletier and wife Tracie of Duluth, Ga., and David Pelletier of Philadelphia, Pa. He leaves a beloved sister-in-law and her husband Cecile (Lachance) Pilla and Angelo of Westfield, N.Y. He leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanette (Beauregard) Riel (1969) and his second wife, Frances (Lachance-Pelletier) Riel (2017).
He was born in Willimantic, Conn., son of the late Patrick J. and Lydia (Couchon) Riel.
Patrick was the youngest student pilot to solo at Windham Airport at 16 years old. Fifty-two years later he took the controls of a Piper J3 on July 22, 1999. He enlisted into the Connecticut Army National Guard from 1948-1954, with 2 years of active service in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany being honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles in his younger years traveling the East Coast from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Nova Scotia.
From 1954 to 1982, he was employed by the State of Connecticut, both with the Department of Transportation and the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
He was a lifelong bowling enthusiast. He was a life member of Gold Star VFW Post 1724, Willimantic, Conn. As an avid fisherman he was a member of Trout Unlimited.
He was a former saxophonist of Willimantic City Band as well as a past member of Rose City, Bozrah and Franklin senior citizens groups.
He made many friends after moving to Ellington and enjoyed going to Chuck Wagon Restaurant most mornings.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined.
To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.baconfh.com.
Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St., Willimantic, is serving the family.
Published in Norwich Bulletin from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2020
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