Brian A. Pounds
Governor M. Jody Rell acknowledges a standing ovation as she begins her State of the State address in front of the legislature.
Friends, family and state officials gathered at the funeral of Lou Rell, the husband of former Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, to celebrate his life and service to the United States and his community.
Rell died March 22 in Florida. He was 73 and had battled cancer.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that mourners gathered at the Brookfield Congregational Church on Saturday to pay tribute to Rell's service as a Navy pilot and president of the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia said he first knew Lou Rell not as the governor's husband, but as someone who told reporters to just call him Lou.
Friends and family were joined by officials such as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.