Thursday, March 06, 2008

Paul Hemberger

An Authentic Connecticut Republican

A class act, a good man, a true pillar of the community.

Paul H. Hemberger, 88, died peacefully at his home in Cotuit, Mass., on Monday, March 3, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Irvington, N.J., and was the son of Henry and Anna (Ellmer) Hemberger. He was a professional engineer having received his B.S. from Newark College of Engineering and his M.S. from Boston College. He was employed by Northeast Utilities as a branch manager and industrial power consultant for over 20 years and also was a part-time instructor at what is now the University of Hartford. He was a World War II veteran who enlisted and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy; he fought in the Pacific campaign. Paul was a long-time resident of Southington, and an active member of St. Aloysius Church. He was a Eucharistic minister and a member of both the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus for many years. He also taught the eighth grade confirmation class for 28 years.
He was very generous with his time and volunteered many hours in his community.

He was chairman of the Southington Water Board and also served on the Southington Zoning Board of Appeals. Paul was a member of the Southington Library Board and was instrumental in the planning of the current town library. He also was a member of the Republican Town Committee.

Paul loved the outdoors and never missed a chance to ice skate in the winter, sail in the summer, or bike all year round. In addition, he was passionate about his vegetable garden and enthusiastically began planning it at the first sign of spring. He particularly enjoyed sharing these activities with his family and friends. Everyone who knew Paul Hemberger knows he was a man of strong convictions and integrity; he remained true to his convictions throughout his life.

Paul was devoted to his wife, Priscilla (Nolan) for over 50 years until her death in 2003. He leaves behind five children, Karl and his wife, Dorothy of Essex, Mass., Nanci and her husband, William Biglow of North Potomac, Md., Stephen and his wife, Ellen also of Cotuit, Mass., Allen and his wife, Cindy of Plymouth, Mass., and Chris and his wife, Ellen of Hebron; he leaves behind nine grandchildren Christopher, Paul, Alex, Ian, Patrick, Jacob, Madelyn, Nolan, and Andrea; also leaves behind one sister, Irene Maier of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers; and one sister.

Visitation and Mass will be held on Saturday, March 8 in St. Jude's Chapel at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mashpee, Mass. Visiting hours will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Mass at 1 p.m., immediately followed by burial at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit, Mass. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Paul's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, Mass 02601.

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