Paul Tine

Paul Victor Tine

Sunday, February 17th, 2019
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Paul Victor Tine, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 17th, 2019. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut to Sebastiano Victor Tine and Agnes Theresa Tine.

Paul attended East Hartford schools up until his enlisting in the Army in 1950, at age 17. He earned an Army of Occupation medal for his service in Germany and was honorably discharged in July of 1952. After returning from service, he married Geraldine Mary Galvin of East Hartford in February of 1954. Together, they had four sons and three daughters. Paul grew up in East Hartford where he and Geraldine made many life-long friendships which became known as the “East Hartford Gang.” Paul worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in the purchasing department prior to working for Aircraft Hardware in East Hartford. Paul took a leap of faith and invested everything he had into the purchase of Montville Hardware in Uncasville in 1970. He and Geraldine not only grew the Hardware into a profitable free-standing business but also a community centerpiece for all who came through its doors. Later in life, Paul built a house in Shelter Harbor, RI and bought a winter home in Fort Pierce, FL which became his permanent residence.

Paul loved the ocean and was an avid fisherman his entire life. He enjoyed the company of many fishing friends, some of whom became known as the “A-Team” for their ability to catch fish when others could not. His outgoing personality and ability to tell a joke about nearly anything contributed greatly to the fact that he was loved by all those who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

Paul is survived by his beloved life partner Camille (Ivins) Tine; children, Kristen Tine of New London, Dean Tine of Lebanon, James and Izabella Tine of Mooresville, NC, Shaun Tine & Kathleen Fotta of Uncasville, Colleen & Donald Nieto of Oakdale, and Scout Dellamia of Englewood, CO; grandchildren, Colton Tine, Joanna Tine, Julianne Tine, Monica Cunningham, Stephanie Sasaki, Nicholas Nieto, Brandon Nieto, Adam Dellamia, and Shiloh Dellamia; great grandchildren, Nonoka Sasaki, Luna Sasaki, and Midori Cunningham; sisters, Joanne Tine & Ann Marsh; brothers, David & Villie Tine; sister-in-law Lynn Galvin; several nieces and nephews, and his favorite dog Aggie Nieto.

He was predeceased by his wife Geraldine M. Tine (June 1988), his son Paul J. Tine (January 2004), grandchild Seth J. Tine (December 1997), and brother-in-law Jim Galvin (March, 2014).
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 95 Main Street, Stonington, CT on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, 197 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Funeral arrangements are in care of Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, RI. For online condolences please visit

The Tine family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff of Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, FL for their loving attention to Paul’s needs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on Paul’s behalf to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 NW Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.

Paul will always be lovingly remembered for his quick wit and his charming smile. The oceans of heaven are filled with keepers.
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  • Service

    Monday, March 4th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 4th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    95 Main Street
    STONINGTON, CT 06378
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  • Interment

    Elm Grove Cemetery
    Greenmanville Avenue
    MYSTIC, CT 06355
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    Please Note: Committal Service will be conducted with Full Military Honors.


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Todd Ivins

Posted at 04:18pm
Paul was definitely a happy soul and always lifted everyone up when he visited. He will be greatly missed by the hill country Ivins clan. I know he is at peace and in the arms of the Lord. God Bless you Paul and rest in eternal peace!!

Craig Baker

Posted at 01:03pm
Paul was one of the most generous people I have ever known. He reached out to all of his family and friends with his humor and understanding. Never down, always upbeat. I will always remember him for his loving nature. Peace be with you always my friend and God bless his surviving friends and family.

janet baker

Posted at 11:23am
Your Texas family will miss our favorite Italian! We will have your picture on the wall in the "Cat's Bottom Inn" as you dubbed it (well maybe you didn't say "bottom"). Can hardly wait to see you again and ask, "How ya' doin'?" Cigars will be smoked every Thanksgiving when we remember you, which we always will! Praying for comfort for our Rhode Island friends.

Camille Ivins Tine

Posted at 12:12pm
In remembrance of our 29 years together, loving, living life to the fullest, laughing at your jokes through ups and downs all the way . I miss you, Honey !
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Andy Pedro

Posted at 10:19am
Wonderful man, welcomed me in his store when other business,s would not, good fishing my friend.

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