Paul Omer Ruel, 72, of Enfield, beloved husband for 47 years of Karen Dale (Carpentieri) Ruel, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Hartford on May 25, 1949, son of the late Omer and Rejeanne Ruel, he was raised in Hartford and was a graduate of Hartford Public High School, Class of 1969.
As a young man, Paul took a position at Landerman's Hardware Store on Park Street in Hartford and later worked at Auto Paint Distributors. During this time, Paul developed a passion for cars and on his 21st birthday, he purchased his first Corvette. He later worked as an auto body technician at Daniel's Cadillac in Hartford where he was trained in auto body and frame straightening and sent to school in Toronto, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts to perfect his skills. He later opened his own business, Hartford Auto Repair, and also worked for Ardery Chevrolet and Standard Auto Body.
After many years in the car business, Paul decided that it was time for a change and started working at AMK Welding in South Windsor. He loved his position there as a welder and inspector and retired after 28 years in 2011. He never lost his passion for cars and became a huge NASCAR fan. His family will never forget the memorable trip they took to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, where they stayed for the whole week. His passion for cars also led to him owning several motorcycles including a Triumph, a 1942 Harley-Davidson, and most recently a Honda 550.
In his spare time, he enjoyed visiting his family and friends in Canada and Vermont and taking day trips to East Beach in Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.
Paul was a devout Catholic throughout his life and enjoyed the solemnity of the Mass. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Adalbert Church and St. Patrick's Church in Enfield and most recently had attended Mass at St. Philip Church in East Windsor.
Besides his loving wife, he leaves, a daughter, Jennifer Ruel, and her significant other, Daniel Foster, of Enfield; a brother, Larry Ruel, and his wife, Cynthia, of Burlington; three sisters, Lauraine Carlson and her husband, Fred, of Simsbury, Claudette Pittman and her husband, Herbert, of Meriden, and Lisa Chetelat and her husband, Joseph, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.
His family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Family and friends may gather on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Church, East Windsor. Burial will be private in St. Patrick Cemetery, Enfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. For online condolences please visitwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, 2021.