Charles Albert Brunell, a managing director for North America for Novo Nordisk Bioindustrial when the company was based in Wilton and then Ridgefield from 1983 to 1994, died on Tuesday, Dec. 8, following a yearlong struggle with esophageal cancer. He was 82.

He is survived by his life partner, Nina Tasi, of New London, N.H.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Maureen Brunell of Newbury Park, Calif., and Scott and Connie Brunell of Spangle, Wash.; his daughters and sons-in-law, Dana and Mark Eisenberg of Bridgeport and Paula and Sam Elias of Simsbury, and their children, Charles Benjamin Elias and Emily Marie Elias.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Charlie Bear Fund at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children’s Hospital, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon NH 03756, or to Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, New London NH 03257.
—by the staff