He was born in Derby, and grew up in Orange.
He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret MacKechnie and William Gemmell.
He served in the US Air Force and later was employed in industrial sales until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Riggs, of 52 years; their children Elizabeth (Doug) Steinberg, Alan (Kim) Gemmell, and Craig (Nancy) Gemmell; their eight grandchildren Christopher, Megan, Matthew, Charlie, Rose, Libby, Ted, and Jobe, and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his five brothers: Donald, Colin, William, Ian, and Alistair.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Hartog Activity Center, Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Wallingford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org; 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256); or the Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut (www.masonicare.org/masonic-charity-foundation; 74 Cheshire Road P.O. Box 79, Wallingford, CT 06492)