Edward George Pronovost, 63, died on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He was born on Jan. 29, 1958, in Southington, son of the late George and Marcelle (Belair) Pronovost. Ed grew up in a large and loving family in Bristol, where he graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1976. He attended New England Technical Institute and received certificates in refrigeration and electrical systems, and he worked for many years as a refrigeration technician for David Soda Dispensing Company. He also served as the union steward for Local 1035 Teamsters in Hartford.
Ed made a career transition when he earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University and worked as a chef/manager at Manchester Community College. For many years, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels of Polk County as a chef and delivery driver.
Ed married Camille Carnell in 1998 in Storrs. In 2002, he and Camille bought a motor home and spent a year traveling throughout North America. They remained full-time RVers for six years, dividing their time between Connecticut and Florida. In 2003 Ed trained at Camping World RV Institute, graduating as an RV Master Certified Technician, and opened ProTech Mobile RV Service & Repair and the RV Toy Shoppe, a retail store in Eastford.
When Ed and Camille made Florida their permanent home, he obtained his real estate license and most recently worked as a referral agent for Park & Refer, Inc., a brokerage firm. He lovingly cared for his father-in-law, Brian Carnell, for the last six years of Brian’s life. He also worked for hundreds of hours as a volunteer at Winter Haven Hospital.
Ed was predeceased by his sister Louise (Pronovost) Champeau and her husband Rene Champeau, and by his brother Norman Pronovost. Besides his loving wife Camille Carnell Pronovost of Lake Alfred and Vero Beach, Fla. He is survived by Paul Pronovost and Melanie Simons (Newington, Conn.), Bruce and Mary Pronovost (Bristol, Conn.), Francine (Pronovost) and Michael Carlson (Bristol, Conn.), Mark and Gina Pronovost (Orange City, Fla.), Donna Pronovost (Seneca, S.C.), Marguerite Carnell and David Rodney (Simsbury, Conn.), and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his culinary talents and ability to repair almost everything, Ed will be remembered for his thoughtfulness and kind heart. He will be truly missed by those whose lives he touched.
A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The family will be receiving friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with Services starting at 11 a.m.
A reception luncheon will immediately follow the service at the Cornerstone Grill, located at 175 E Haines Blvd., Lake Alfred. Everyone is invited.
For those who wish donations in Ed’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of Polk County. www.mealsonwheelspolk.com .