Walter Henry Kensel

  • Born: June 10, 1933
  • Died: January 23, 2018
  • Location: Chester, Connecticut

Robinson, Wright & Weymer

34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409
Tel. (860) 767-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Walter Henry Kensel, 84, of Chester, died January 23, 2018 at Middlesex Hospital after a long illness. Walt was born in Deep River, son of the late Franklyn & Jessamine (Dickinson) Kensel. Walter worked for Tilcon as a truck driver for 25 years retiring in 1994, was a member of the American Legion Post #61, Teamsters Local #443, NRA member, retired member of both the Chester Hose Co. and the Deep River Fire Depts. He also was a CB enthusiast, rescued birds and bowled for many years in the Old Saybrook Bowling League. Loving and devoted lifetime companion of Joanne Bombardier. Walt is also survived by his sisters Susie Smith of Lolo, Montana, June and her husband Edward Sopneski of Old Lyme, his brother Robert and his wife Marcel Kensel of Huntsville, Alabama, step children; Linda & Larry Brainard of E. Haddam and Thomas Wood of well as grandchildren Sabrina, Hannah and Jonathan all of E. Haddam. He is also survived by his good friends, Tom and Lisa Lee and their son MIchael, Tim and Kim Lee, and Don and Nancy Lee, all of Deep River and his German Shephard HammerIV. Walter was predeceased by his aunt Mary Dickinson. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Gaylord Hospital, Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation and Guilford VNA Services for the care of Walter over the years. Visiting hours will be held at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main St. Centerbrook on Monday, February 12th from 5-7pm. Funeral service will follow on Tuesday at the First Congregational Church in Deep River at 11am Contributions in Walt's name may be made to the Chester Hose Co. To leave a memory or condolence please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to hear about Walt's. Spent many Monday night bowling in the tideland league with him.

Posted by Ken Kulisch - Clinton, CT - acquaintance   February 13, 2018

So sorry to hear of Walt's passing. Walt was a wonderful neighbor, friend, his devotion to all of his "Hammer's", all of his birds, my Aunt Hazel, Aunt Mary and Uncle Bruce with his phone calls every day to check in with them will never be forgotten. Also, Walt also knew how to clean a fish! On countless Blue Fishing trips with his Buddies, they would catch too many...and Walt would spend hours cleaning their catch and then share them with the neighborhood! Never a bone! And cleaned on both sides! Thank you Walt for all of the laughs and most of all your kindness.

Posted by Toni Myers - moodus, CT - Friend   January 28, 2018

Fair Winds and Following Seas my Naval Brethren. USS MIDWAY CVA 41

Posted by Robert Bertelli - Sunny Isles Beach, FL - acquaintance   January 27, 2018

Susie and Eddy, so sorry hearing of Walt's passing. He must be keeping everyone laughing with his jokes in Heaven.
I will never forget the flying saucers and the trails he made behind the house of Wig Hill Road. What fun we had.

Donna and Strick

Posted by Donna Hyde - Essex - Family Friend   January 27, 2018