Dale P. Gemmell, 88, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Summit of Plantsville. He had been the loving husband of the late Patricia Ann (Garling) Gemmell for nearly 44 years. Dale was born on May 3, 1933 in Middletown Springs, VT, to the late Albert J. and Adelaide (McLaughlin) Gemmell and had been a longtime Southington resident. Dale proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as an operating engineer at DellaBitta Construction for many years and eventually retired from the Public Works Department in the Town of Wallingford, after 20 years of service. Dale served as a volunteer firefighter and Captain at Company 3 in Milldale for several years. He was a member of the Southington Elks Club and also the American Legion, Post 72. Dale coached midget football at Memorial Park and loved to travel with his companion, Theresa. He is survived by his son, Kevin Gemmell and his wife Donna of Meriden, daughter, Lisa DePalma and her husband Lowell of NC and 4 grandchildren; Nina Ziemba and her husband Zack of NC, Capt. L. Wade DePalma USAF and his wife Sarah of Nebraska, Kevin Gemmell, Jr., of San Diego, CA and Alyssa Gemmell of Unionville. He is also survived by his brother, Morris Gemmell of Salt Lake City, Utah, many nieces and nephews and his longtime companion, Theresa Habernieier of Bloomfield. In addition to his wife Patricia, Dale was predeceased by his brothers, Louis and Kenneth Gemmell and his sister, Shirley Badgley. The family would like to thank all the staff of the Summit at Plantsville for their wonderful dedication and care they showed their father and grandfather the last few years of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale's memory may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held before the service from 10 - 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com
Published by The Record-Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2021.