Nancee L. Gell
July 19, 1957 ~ January 1, 2012
Nancee L. Gell, 54, of Norwalk, CT, wife of Greg Hunter, passed away Sunday, January 1,2012 in Rutland, VT after being struck by a car. Born July 19, 1957, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Jean Gell, Sr.
Nancee attended high school in New Canaan, CT and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Florida. After working for the Social Security Administration, she became a sales rep. in the security industry, specializing in commercial fire, burglary, access control and CCTV systems. She had worked for Security Specialists in Stamford, CT for many years.
Nancee was a long time member of the Ski Bears of CT, the Norwalk Seaport Association, where she had served as a board member and volunteered and was a committee chair person for their annual Oyster Festival, as well as a longtime volunteer and committee chairperson with the SoNo Arts Celebration. She belonged to the New England Barbeque Society, the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Gator Club of CT as well as many trade organizations, including ASIS, where she was an officer, and BOMA. In addition, she had recently become involved with Kayak for a Cause and the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, for which she participated last fall in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in memory and honor of her mother. She was also active with many other community and charitable organizations.
A self-described “foodie”, Nancee loved cooking, good food and good wine. She was an avid barbequer, and cooked in numerous barbeque competitions, first with Liquid Smoke and The Smoke Ring, before forming, with Greg, their own award-winning team, The Purple Turtle Catering Company. She loved both the cooking and the sharing of her barbeque with family, friends and organizations she belonged to. She competed in contests all over New England, and regularly traveling as far as MD and DE, earning invitations to the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, TN, the American Royal in Kansas City, MO and the Best of the Best in Douglas, GA along the way. She enjoyed sharing her love and knowledge of barbeque, especially within NEBS, where she helped at their cooking and judging schools and mentoring many aspiring pit-masters, as well as anyone who was interested in learning more about competition and barbeque in general.
In addition, she was an avid skier and scuba diver, and a lover of the ocean in general, especially sailing. Though not a major sports fan, she was a diehard follower of her beloved Florida Gators and the NY Yankees. Other passions were the culture and works of Native Americans, traveling, finding new restaurants and reading cookbooks.
Along with her husband, Greg, she is survived by her siblings John J. Gell, Jr. and his wife Wendy of Pittsford, NY, Susan Hugel and her husband David of Edgewater, MD, Barbara Carroll and her husband John of Charlotte, SC and Thomas Gell and his wife Janet of Boca Raton, FL, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 9:00 am to 10: 15 am on Thursday, January 12th, at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT, followed at 10:30 am by a Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter (www.alz.org).