Kevin M. Reopel, 65, of Feeding Hills, beloved husband of 42 years to Debra (Yarmesky) Reopel, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 13, 2017, at his home. Born in Westfield, MA on December 22, 1951, he was the son of the late Robert Reopel and Shirley (Hamel) Reopel. Kevin grew up in Westfield, graduating from Westfield High School with the Class of 1969 and furthered his education at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He worked as an Actuary at MassMutual Life Insurance Company for nearly 30 years, and Phoenix Life Insurance Company for several years. Later in his life, he opened his own business, Actuarial Litigation Consulting. He was a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and National Association of Forensic Economics.
Kevin was a very intellectual man and enjoyed talking politics with anyone, including those he disagreed with. He loved to stay active, whether it was solving puzzles, running on the treadmill, playing racquetball, or watching sports and yelling at the TV. He was always dependable and humble, putting others needs ahead of his own. Kevin loved to drive, maybe a little too fast sometimes. Family was everything to him, and those special memories of Kevin as husband, dad, grandfather, and brother will always be cherished. He loved a good cigar and glass of bourbon, but it was the conversation that he enjoyed more than anything. Kevin, you will be truly missed and never forgotten.
Besides his beloved wife Debra, he leaves his mother, Shirley Reopel of Westfield; two sons, Jay Reopel and his wife Tara of Shrewsbury, and Kerry Reopel of Feeding Hills; five grandchildren, Lucas, Kaya, Leah, Avani, and Amaya Reopel; his brother Bryan Reopel and his wife Louise of Winston-Salem, NC; and many loving extended family members and friends.
His family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, October 18th from 4-7 PM at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam. His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 264 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 in memory of his father, or BIA-MA (Brain Injury Association), 30 Lyman St., Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581 for his beloved wife