Lou Rell, former Governor Jodi Rell's husband, died Saturday at the age of 73.
Lou Rell was a Navy pilot who moved to Brookfield in 1969. He served as a volunteer fireman and as a police commissioner there. The couple had two children. Jodi Rell, Connecticut's 87th governor, served from 2004, following former Gov. John G. Rowland's resignation, until 2011.
Their son Michael issued a statement today on his passing:
"Lou Rell passed away today in a Florida Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side. Funeral arrangements are currently being finalized. Services will be held in Connecticut."
Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman have also released statements.
Governor Malloy said, “Cathy and I send our deepest condolences to Governor Rell and her family on the passing of Lou Rell. Lou was devoted to his family, and their loss is felt by countless people throughout our state. Governor Rell, her family, and the Brookfield community will remain in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I was very fortunate to have known Lou Rell for many years. He was a man of integrity, humor, and commitment, and his passing is a tremendous loss. Lou was devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and an important source of support to his family and friends. My deepest sympathy goes out to Governor Rell and her family – we hold them in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement:
“A man of grace, charm and cheer, his common sense insight added immeasurably to our public life. He was devoted passionately to his country and community, and to Governor Rell. My heart goes out to his wonderful family.”
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Lou Rell. As a pilot in the U.S. Navy and as Connecticut’s first spouse, Lou’s life was dedicated to the support of others. He served our state and our nation with a silent humility that commanded that admiration of all who met him. His humor and his charm will be greatly missed. Lou Rell's service to our state, our nation, and our party will not soon be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Rell and her family during this difficult time.”
Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement:
“I want to extend my deepest condolences to Governor Rell for the loss of her husband. Connecticut Democrats join Governor Rell and her family in mourning a great man who served his state and his country.”