Obituary: Gail A. McNell

Gail A. McNell of Darien, a volunteer known as the “Queen of Noroton Bay,” died at home on Monday morning, June 25, after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

Mrs. McNell was born April 21, 1951, in Queens, N.Y. She was the daughter of late Robert and Joan Zimmermann. She was raised and educated in Queens and graduated from Queens Community College. During her career, Mrs. McNell spent 15 years in venture capital where she was a partner assisting the president of Foster Management Company.

Mrs. McNell was an avid tennis player, gardener and cook, her family said. “She was a much loved resident of Noroton Bay and was crowned Queen of the Bay.”

Mrs. McNell also served as a volunteer on boards, including those for Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School and Noroton Bay Property Owners Association. “She was a devoted supporter of her children’s sporting teams, including the Darien Blue Wave football, gymnastics, lacrosse and sailing teams and the Brown Bears’ gymnastics and lacrosse teams,” her family said.

Mrs. McNell is survived by her children, Jessica Holly McNell of Stamford and Robert Anthony McNell II of Darien; and her brother, Wayne Zimmermann of Queens.

She was predeceased by her husband of 26 years, Barry Andrew McNell.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Boston Post Road, Darien. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at: The Cancer Care Fund, Stamford Hospital Foundation, Stamford Hospital, 1351 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 06902.