Paul J Ferland

March 31, 1954February 23, 2018

BOZRAH – Paul J. Ferland, 63, died peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1954 to John and Donna (Majeske) Ferland. After he completed high school, Paul attended the Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Following his schooling, Paul joined the US Navy making that his career for over twenty years. He proudly served on several submarines as a reactor operator and he retired in 1994 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Paul was an avid reader and history buff. He found great pleasure in movies and music and was an accomplished bass singer. His biggest joy, however, came form spending time with his grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his mother, Donna Ferland, the mother of his children, Susan, his children; Timothy Ferland and his wife Samantha, David Ferland and his wife Elizabeth, daughter; Rebecca Lumbroso, brothers; Mark Ferland and his wife April, John Ferland Jr., Philip Ferland and his wife Tami, sisters; Laura Hammersmith and her husband Dennis, Edith Schelling and her husband Mark, Donna Polter and her husband Dennis, grandchildren; Ryan, Bryce, Madeline, Alec, Nicholas and Rachel and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by his father.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT., Rev. Jeff Sharp officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm until the time of the service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s name may be made to The West Haven VA Hospital at

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  • Visitation Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 27, 2018


  • Burial is private at the convenience of the family

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Mary (Greiwe) Thomsen

March 5, 2018

So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. He was a good friend in high school. Must admit we had the same sense of humor and could give each other “the giggles” even when we should have been behaving.

We lost touch after high school. I am glad to know he lived a full, happy life.
Happy trails my friend.
Mary (Greiwe) Thomsen
Coral Gables, FL

Ed Jones

February 27, 2018

I was very saddened to learn of Paul's passing as we were brothers times two - SigEps & Navy Chiefs, and my thoughts & prayers are with his family, friends & chapter brothers. While I never had the honor of meeting Brother Ferland, I promise that the SigEp Patriots Project will always remember Paul, his life, and his service. Wishing you Fair Winds & Following Seas, Shipmate. Rest easy, we have the watch.

Walker "T" Bousman

February 25, 2018

In the 1970's I was in the Navy, 4 1/2 years on Submarines, I met many friends, some are more special than others.
A short "Sea Story" of my arrival at the USS Casimir Pulaski offices where Paul was already assigned.
I had already been on 1 Submarine, and is that case, most military people call each other by their last name.
Well, I walk in to the office, and to be greeted and shaking a few hands. I meet Paul and he says, "what's your name?"
I say, "Bousman"
He says, "no, what's your first name?"
I say, "Walker"?
I quickly learned, Paul as well as the crew of the Pulaski were very personable. Paul called people by their first name, to the point very often even addressed the officers by their first names.
He was probably one of the few enlisted guys that could get away with it!

Paul was also instrumental in my learning about "Fish and Chips" in Holy Loch, Scotland! Always the first stop after we flew in from Connecticut!

I found this presentation a few years ago and I'm glad I copied it. I have now found the perfect time to share with others.

Today, 15 May, at the Groton Sub Vets Holland Club monthly Luncheon the
guest speaker was Captain Jane F. Vieira. For half of her career she has
served as a Submarine Force Chaplin. She will be retiring at the end of the
month. I think after reading what she prepared for today you will see how
special she is.

"When God Created a Submariner"

15 May 2012

When the good Lord created a Submariner, it was almost 2300 on the sixth day. An angel appeared and said, "You're having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"

And the Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? It has to be
able to think independently, yet be able to take orders; have the qualities
of both a scientific mind and a compassionate heart; be able to mentor
juniors and learn from seniors; run on black coffee; handle emergencies
without a Damage Control Manual, respond competently to critical incidents, decipher cryptographic codes, understand pneumatics, hydraulics and sonar,
have the patience of a saint and six pairs of hands, not to mention the
strength of three its size."

The angel shook its head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands - - No way!"

And the Lord answered, "Don't worry, we'll make other Submariners to help.
Besides it's not the hands which are causing the problem. It's the heart. It
must swell with pride when a Shipmate earns his Silver Dolphins - which
above all else signifies the crew members trust it with their lives, sustain the incredible hardship of life at sea in a steel tube, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so, and be strong enough to continue to carry on when it's given all it had."

"Lord," said the angel touching the Lord's sleeve gently, "Stop! It's almost midnight!"

"I can't," said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique.
Already I have one whose hands blend knowledge with skill to perform the
most intricate procedures, yet are strong enough to patch a ruptured
seawater pipe; whose ears can discern the sonar sounds of a myriad of ocean
life, yet detect the slightest shift in ventilation; whose mind can (perfect
the art of Diesel Electric "Smokeboats") and practice the science of nuclear submarining, yet not lose sight of the art of teamwork; and whose eyes can peer through a periscope to identify a hull down ship, yet search within to embrace and personify honor, courage and commitment."

The angel circled the model of the Submariner very slowly. "It's too
serious," the angel sighed.

"But tough," said the Lord excitedly. "You cannot imagine what this
Submariner can do or endure."

"Can it feel?" asked the angel.

"Can it feel! It loves Ship, Shipmates and Country like no other!"

Finally the angel bent over and ran a finger across the Submariner's cheek.
"There's a leak," pronounced the angel. "I told you you're trying to put too
much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's it for?" asked the angel.

"It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, frustration and pride!"

"You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel.

The Lord looked pleased and replied, "I didn't put it there."

Filled with pride, the Lord continued, "Great things are planned for this
Submariner. It will be one of many and together they will lead a legacy of
excellence like none has known before."

And with that the Lord rested. It was the seventh day.

CAPT Jane F. Vieira Chaplain Corps, United States Navy

February 25, 2018

Sending hugs and prayers to the entire family at this difficult time...
Annie and Dave Glaude and family


February 25, 2018

You are my precious big brother. I will miss your gentle spirit. I am so honored to have prayed the prayer with you. Your name is in his book of life. You are saved healed happy and at peace. You will always be in my heart no one can take that from me. Thanks for the flowers for mom today it really lifted her heart you always did such special things for her. She said that he was always a good boy I think that says it all. Fly high bro till we see each other again. I love you

Samantha Ferland

February 25, 2018

Bubba, you will be forever in my heart and your grandbabies hearts! We love you and miss you so much! R.I.P