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Paul Sturgess Has Passed: Branford Loses a Great Man

Longtime local advocate succumbs to battle with ALS.

Branford’s 52, died early Sunday morning after recently being diagnosed with the neuromuscular disease ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sturgess was the owner of family business, and well liked by . He was a volunteer coach for the Branford Boys Basketball team and . Sturgess was also recently inducted to the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

He was recently married to Nicole Hansen Sturgess, also of Branford.

In his year-long battle with the disease, Sturgess is known to have been an inspiration to many and even competed recently with Nicole in the , which benefits those suffering form ALD, a disease similar to ALS.

You can read more about Sturgess on the New Haven Register as well.

Please take the time to remember Sturgess here. We will provide you with updates on his funeral arrangements as they become available.

Vin February 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Condolences to the entire Family. Our prayer is with you all.
dave sturgess February 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Paul always said no regrets. And I feel the same. I only wish more people could have had the honor and privilege of knowing him. Dave Sturgess
Liz Luzietti February 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
What sad news! When Paul arrived the party started. He was witty, kind, intelligent and good-looking. I have known Paul since the early 80’s and he always made me smile. He started out as a customer and became a friend. Heaven got another good one! We’ll miss you Paul!! My deepest condolences to his family, friends & colleagues., you are all in my thoughts & prayers.
Elizabeth Kibler February 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Our family is gratefull to all of Paul's friends and the Branford community for their support, thoughts and prayers over the last few months. The respect you've all shown is beyond anything we could have imagined. We've lost an amazing son/brother/husband/father/uncle. Thank you all.
Anthony Paecht February 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Paul is an inspiration. Much love and prayers to the family.
Paul Santacroce February 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
How he handled his life and even how he handled his impending death should serve as an inspiration to all who knew him!
kim healy February 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
A while back when I was having some health issues my son came home with a tray of lasagna that was enough, almost literally, to feed a small army. He said, "Mom, this is from Sturge." I was deeply touched by this small act of kindness, and what made it more special was the fact that I didn't know Paul all that well. Over the past few months we have been hearing about so many other great things that Paul did for people. No matter who it is you talk to, or in what capacity one thing is clear: he left a legacy that is a testament to his character.
Nicole Ball February 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM
The arrangements for Paul Sturgess are as follows: Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 3-8 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford. A graveside service will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 in Branford Center Cemetery, with a Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 in the First Congregational Church of Branford. If you are attending both the graveside and church services, it is asked that you park at the Church and walk over to the cemetery. As per Paul's request, in lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be sent to the Community Dining Room, 30 Harrison Ave., Branford, 06405. http://patch.com/N-dh8v
Charles Andriole February 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Paul and Nicole: I think about both of you every morning when I wake and night before I fall asleep. I respectfully maintain distance physically, however I am always close emotionally and spiritually. Paul and Nicole, you are both old souls. You have both been here before and will be again. I have not seen a picture or video of you Paul that did not make me smile, laugh out loud or cry. Nicole, your strength and grace is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your very special moments with all of us. Paul, I know you will always be with us. Whispering in my ear “have another vodka” or “could you be a little louder” or “if you hook this shot the match is over” among other things, a lot of other things. I truly believe you will always be with us. I am counting on that. My thoughts and love will be with both of you, always. Charlie Andriole (A note I sent to Paul and Nicole on February 12, 2012)
Alana Joli Abbott February 29, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I was so sad to hear of Paul's death. I only met him in person once -- while working for Patch -- but he struck me as an incredibly generous person. He will certainly be missed! My thoughts are with his family and all the employees at V. F. McNeil.
Kate Ross February 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Rest in peace Paul... You will be missed...
Doug Ammann March 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Chances are if you lived in Branford from the late 1970's till the present time you had some kind of encounter with "Sturge". Be it on or off the playing field or at a community event, Paul was usally the center of attention, and he relished in it. As former SCSU basketball coach Art Leary said " he was the leader of the branford rat pack". His exploits are legendary in many circles across the U.S.,and I suspect in some foreign countries. I will remember you and those you left behind.
Jamie Cox February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Paul was the first person to be my friend when I moved back from England to Branford. I was 8 years old. He never turned his back on me even when I was struggled. I regret not keeping in touch with him over years. I just found out he passed. I love you Paul. God bless your family. Jamie Cox

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