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Paul Francis Gramuglia
  • December 4, 2009 - May 26, 2018
  • South Windsor, Connecticut

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“I've been away for awhile and was heartbroken that my little friend had passed. So many people drove on Avery because we needed all the sunshine he...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Maggie Benson - Ellington

“Paulie you would brighten my day when I'd see you watching the cars on my way home from work. Rest in heaven little guy ❤ ”
2 of 40 | Posted by: Raymond Santa - South Windsor, CT

“Rest in Peace Paul. We will miss seeing you Paul, as we drive by your corners on Avery Street daily. We would wave and beep to you as we drove by,...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Robin Elia - South Windsor

“This has to be the worse!!! I am so sorry for your loss. There aren't any words to express the grief I feel for you and your family. I never had...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Andrea Jeans - Harwinton, CT

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I never met your son but saw him on Avery Street and would wave as we passed. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Kris Jenkins - South Windsor, CT

“Paul was my student for a short time. He brought so much light and joy when he was in the room. He would show his love by kissing your hand. I...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Keisha Powell - South Windsor, CT

“So very sorry for your loss. Prayers going up for your entire family! ”
7 of 40 | Posted by: Janette Schmitt - Vista, CA

“To the family of Paul.My name is Adan Diaz and I am a driver for WB Mason . I take Avery street on the way back to headquarters everyday and I always...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Adan Diaz - Manchester, CT

“I didn't know Paul but looked forward to my drive home from work as I traveled down Avery st and I would see his precious face taking in all that...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Jen - Vernon

“Frank and family our condolences on the passing of Paul, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Marty and Liz Manganello ”
10 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“I absolutely loved driving Paulie. He always had a smile and his shades on. I looked forward to when I would have to go pick him up. Over the last 8...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: April - South Windsor, CT

“I loved your big beautiful smile , prayers to all that loved you .Love,Marie (nurse from TE) ”
12 of 40 | Posted by: Marie H - CT - Friend

“Dear Frank,Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Paulie was my little "ray of sunshine". Whenever I was feeling down he was always there giving me that big smile that would melt my heart....Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Alicia Mitchell - Marietta, GA

“My deepest sympathies Frank. May your baby rest in peace and my prayers are with you and your family. ”
15 of 40 | Posted by: Prashanie Silva - Wesleyan

“I didn't know your beautiful boy, but I had a special child of my own. They teach us more about really living in their short lives, than most people...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: cm - NH

“Paul, you had such a glowing spirit that spread around you daily. My son Joseph enjoyed being in class with you for two years at Wapping. He...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Nicole Kapralos - South Windsor, CT

“Paul reminded us all of what life is for. He made a difference in so many strangers lives. People he didn't even know are sad today. God Bless you...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Bob Griswold - Windsor Locks, CT

“Paulie what a light you were - the memories of you will continue to shine on your family and all those who knew that smile. May God continue to bless...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: - Newington, CT

“My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time. ”
20 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“My son & I just waved to you last week, it was a joy to see you loving outside. This seems so unreal. You brought light to our corners. It was always...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Deb & Eric (son) Sackett - CT

“Paul is and always will be such a beautiful soul! I always enjoyed seeing his enormous smile at Eli Terry! How lucky were we all to have been able to...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Jen Ballok - Coventry, CT

“I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had some wonderful words of wisdom to ease some of your pain. Just know I am thinking of you all. ”
23 of 40 | Posted by: Whitney Scaramella - CT - friend

“Frank, Ann, Luca and Leo, there are no words that can be said-please know that you are loved beyond measure and prayed for daily. Heaven has gained...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Allison Witkovic - Colchester, CT

“I looked forward to seeing Paul on my way home, and seeing him jump a little when I honked my horn. I was always rewarded with his smile! He will...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Janet Huot - South Windsor, CT

“Rest peacefully Paul!!! You are now Free!!! We will miss saying hello to you on your walks on Kelly rd! Thinking of you all. May your cherish the...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: The Ouellette Family Kelly Rd

“I'm so sorry for your loss. This made me think of my sister who passed in 2010. It also made me happy, and sad, and left me wishing I had known this...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Loretta Fiora - Collinsville, CT

“Dear Frank and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
28 of 40 | Posted by: Ariel Marzouca Jaunai - CT

“Seeing Paulie on his corner always brought a smile when we beeped hello! May he RIP & run free with all of his special angels above ”
29 of 40 | Posted by: Marlene Wallace - South Windsor, CT

“What a beautiful tribute to your Paul. He made a deep impact in his shortened life that it seems many will never forget. As a person who has lost...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Lois Silvwr - Morris, CT - friend

“May his memory be as a blessing. He lit us up as we would wave to him. He will be missed. ”
31 of 40 | Posted by: Josh Lessard - South Windsor, CT

“I hope you can record all the happy memories you have as they come to mind to store up the joy he had in your hearts. I hope this season is filled...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Sarah Siameh - Manchester

“Tucker and I are truly honored and grateful to have become acquainted with Paulie. Paul was so sweet and he exuded joy every time we saw him. Sweet,...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Tracy DeBruyn - Vernon, CT

“I was recalling the following article just the other day: and picturing Paul having fun there this summer. He was a warrior for sure, a gentle...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Mary Brewster - West Halifax, VT

“I didn't know Paul, but reading his obituary has compelled me to write and tell you how much it touched me. I pray that you and all your family...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Curt Christensen - West Hartford, CT

“Very sorry for your loss Frank and Ann our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ”
36 of 40 | Posted by: Peter and Christine McGurgan

“Dear Gramuglia Family,My heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time. I heard a lot about Paul from his dad -- especially about the joy he...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Anne Martin - Middletown, CT

“Frank,My heart was so very heavy before I read Paulie's love letter from his parents.What a wonderful tribute for a wonderful son.What a blessing you...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Tracey Stanley - Middletown, CT

“Dear Frank and Family, I am deeply saddened by the death of your beloved son, Paul. May he rest in the arms of Jesus and your sorrow turn to joyous...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Barbara Schukoske - Middletown, CT

“Our sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - CT


If the words on this page could be shot through with light, or at least scroll gilded in illuminated manuscript, it would feel much more fitting for what it must say. For the child who left this world on Saturday May 26, 2018 was as much light as flesh. After a grace-filled eight and a half years on this earth, Paul Francis Gramuglia left his family, his friends, and his gorgeous red-headed body that didn’t work quite right, and joined his sister Pia and the heavenly hosts in the banquet of our Lord. We will one day rejoice with him. But for now, oh how we wish that Paul could have stayed. And. We know that eight and a half years were about eight and a half years more than his body should have allowed. Born with only a small cat’s meow, Paul needed immediate help to breathe. It would be the first of a lifetime of interventions to make up for what his body did not supply. Paul cheated death many more times than we can count. But the trouble the Ginger Menace preferred was the trouble he could create, which would garner a smile that didn’t quit. Tickling ankles, arms and faces, grabbing and immobilizing busy arms, disrupting medical cares, tossing all manner of objects “everywhere!”, turning on his shows on the TV without permission, disrupting his father’s phone apps, slamming doors over and over, erupting in body-shaking laughter when his father and brother indulged his requests to “bump their heads” and maim themselves Stooge-style, or driving his chair in circles and perhaps a random tree. Trouble, trouble, trouble! Paul’s more peaceful pursuits included memorizing many seasons of Sesame Street, enjoying all manner of ceiling fans, chasing sirens and emergency vehicle lights on long drives, taking long walks, and long “stays” at his stations on Woodland Drive and Avery Street, and Avery Street and Kelly Road watching all the cars and trucks, being deputized to multiple police teams, and enjoying endless waves, beeps, and Hi Paulie! salutations, mostly from hundreds of people his parents didn’t even know. In his Elmo-slippered feet, he was the cherished Orchard Hill/PR Smith sentinel. Paul loved Wapping and Eli Terry Elementary schools, loved the comradery of friends, teachers, aids, administrators, school nursing staff. He loved going to Mass at Saint Margaret Mary, and enjoyed loudly singing the last notes of songs, and hand-signing sacred words out of context to make us laugh, making trouble even in the Lord’s house. Most of all, Paul could not contain his happiness when his requests to go to the homes of his Ma and Grandpa and Nonna and Nonno were affirmed. Life was so good. In heaven, Paul joined his baby sister Pia Faustina and his Nonna, Maria Scalise Gramuglia. No doubt his Nonna is thrilled to be able finally to feed him, gluten be darned. In addition to a huge community who loved him, Paul leaves behind his parents, Frank and Ann, and brothers Luca and Leo, who says, “Paul was a big orange ball of joy in our hearts and without him life is dull and gray.” He also leaves behind his Nonno (Raffaele Gramuglia), Ma (Kathryn Brewster), and Grandpa (Cy Brewster); his zias Rosanna (John) Gramuglia, Anna (David) Pelletier, Linda (Chuck) Engley, Patty Gramuglia, and his zio Tony; his aunts Maureen (Jim) Blanchard, Clare Brewster, Mary (Chad) Buri, Catherine (Rob) Ruscz, Nora (Sean) O’Mahoney, Martha (Chad) Allegro, Lisette (Doug) Frasier, Aloise (Lt. David) Schmitt, and his uncles Cy (Cathy) Brewster and Brent Brewster; and 27 beloved first cousins. We are deeply grateful to the nurses, therapists, and medical teams who made Paul’s life so much better and made it possible for him to live at home with his family; and to Connecticut’s Make-A-Wish Foundation and Shawmut for gifting the wheel-chair accessible Fort Paul in his own backyard. All are welcome to join the family for Paul’s wake on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 NOON at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor. Burial will follow at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Please wear happy colors, Paul had no truck with sadness. Rest in trouble and light up the heavens, Paulie G. We all love you so. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com