Steven Paul Tougas

June 16, 1953August 14, 2020

Steven Paul Tougas, 67, of Vernon, loving husband of over 43 years to Michele A. (Tellier) Tougas, journeyed home to be with Our Lord on Friday, August 14, 2020 with his caring family by his side. Born in Hartford on June 16, 1953, a son of the late Roland R. and Leontine B. (Bouchard) Tougas, he had been a resident of Tolland for 40 years prior to moving to Vernon four years ago. Paul was a graduate of Glastonbury High School, Class of 1971 and was the Owner & Operator of Paul’s Maytag in Vernon (Sales, Service, Parts, and Repairs) for the past 30 years. He loved his work and helping others. He also enjoyed playing pickle ball daily. A man of strong faith, Paul was a longtime member of Crossroads Community Cathedral in East Hartford and lived the Word of God each day. His motto was “love never fails”. Most of all, Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who cherished his time with his entire family.

Along with his beloved wife Michele, Paul is survived by two sons, Steven P. Tougas, II and his wife Andrea of Rural Hall, NC, Andrew J. Tougas of Oak Point, TX; three daughters, Rachel Gaivoto and her husband Richard of Manchester, Arielle Fair and her husband Christopher of Tyler, TX, and Leah Moore and her husband Joshua of Long Island City, NY. He also leaves five brothers, Marc Tougas and his wife Rosemary of South Windsor, Bruce Tougas and his wife Cindy of Florida, Gil Tougas of Hebron, Phillip Tougas and his wife Carla of Old Saybrook, Vincent Tougas and his wife Meg of Willington; three sisters, Monica Goodale and her husband Rodney of Hebron, Suzanne Hazard and her husband Robert of Hudson, FL, Lucy Harrison and her husband Scott of Colchester; eleven adored grandchildren; several aunts and uncles; many nieces, nephews, former customers, and dear friends. Besides his parents, Paul was predeceased by a brother, Allan Tougas, and two sisters, Sandra Netto and Lisa Barrows.

Funeral service will be Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 am at Crossroads Community Cathedral, 1492 Silver Lane, East Hartford. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Vernon. Paul’s family will receive invited relatives and guests on Friday morning from 10-11 am at the cathedral. Due to the current health crisis, attendance will be by invitation only and everyone is asked to please wear a face covering and follow all regulated guidelines. The public is invited to join the service via livestream on Friday morning at 11 am @ https:/ In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to Mercy Ships, P.O. Box 1930, Lindale, TX 75771. The D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • Mercy Ships


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Services are Private by Invitation Only

    Friday, August 21, 2020


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David & Joy Fortt

August 27, 2020

Michele, please know that Joy and I are praying for you and your family. While it is a joy to know he is at rest in the Lord's arms and presence, we will miss his easy-going smile and gentle manner which we were blessed to observe on every occasion.

Funny story...the first time we asked Paul to come for a repair, it was based on someone's recommendation that didn't tell us he was a believer. I remember his almost imperceptible smile when I produced a gospel tract for him. Some people would have felt slighted, but not our Paul.

David & Joy Fortt

Philip Doucette

August 24, 2020

To the family: So sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. I met Paul several years ago when he signed up for Tolland Recreation Basketball. I am the one who runs the group so I try to get to know everyone by name. That's when he told me his first name is Steve but people call him Paul. I'll always remember the pickup basketball games we played at Tolland Middle School. The guys from the basketball group send there condolences as well. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Timothy McDougal

August 22, 2020

Michele and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Sending prayers to you all. I haven’t seen Paul for many years, but have good memories of playing football with Paul and his brothers in their yard on Grove street.

Dennis & Lynn Lacoss

August 21, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was a good Christian man and a competitive pickleball player! That's how we knew him. Our prayers are with you. Dennis & Lynn

Pierre et Suzanne Tougas

August 19, 2020

Michele and all the family
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss .
Paul was such a dedicated person for everybody .
He was a unifying and generous man .

We will keep the best memories of him

Our heartfelt condolences

Pierre and Suzanne Tougas ( Canada )

Dick and Bobbie Lane

August 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of Paul's passing- we enjoyed playing pickleball with him in South Windsor- we will miss him

Patty St Laurent

August 16, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. He was a good man. I will be praying for your comfort at this difficult time. Patty St. L

Bob and Mary Albano

August 15, 2020

Dear Michele and family we are so sorry for the loss of your love Paul he is in a much better place then this place with our lord Jesus it is still so hurtful for you we know you have been through a lot together some terrible but a lot of great things those are the things you have to hang on to knowing soon you will be together again we love you if there is anything you need please let us know love you


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