This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Preston Ojala 48 years old , born on June 11, 1971 and passed away on January 25, 2020. We will remember him forever.

Preston Westly Ojala, age 48, of Vernon, Connecticut passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020. Preston was a graduate of Rockville High School and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. Preston served his country in the U.S. Army, and continued his military service in the Army Reserves, where he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He was also a member of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, where he was able to travel all over the world. Preston was one of the most patriotic people you could ever meet, his love for his country was unparalleled. Preston loved fixing things and working on cars, not just any cars but old Chryslers. He was predeceased by his mother Priscilla Ojala. He is survived by his father Paul Ojala Sr. of Vernon, CT; his brother Paul Ojala Jr. and his wife Jennifer Ojala, and his niece and nephew Sophia and Nate Ojala, all of Coventry, CT. He also survived by his great aunt and godmother Barbara Mracek of Hamburg, NJ. He also leaves behind his beloved dog Sylvie and many great friends. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Faith Tabernacle Church in Manchester, CT. A wake will take place from 12:30-1:30 and a service to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pathfinders Club, 102 Norman St. Manchester, CT, 06040. 

Posted by Christopher Till on February 17, 2020
Paul, I am saddened to hear of your family's loss of Preston. Although I never met your brother, your obituary, pictures and memories posted by others show me that he was a great man who was well-liked by those who knew him. May his fond memories live on in your heart and strengthen the gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon you and your family.
Posted by Jackie Cowing on February 2, 2020
I still can't believe that I had to attend a funeral service for my bud yesterday. It wasn't so long ago that you were my sweet little boy that I use to care for. I will always remember your smile, your funny laugh and your Blues Brothers interpretation! There will never be another like you, Preston. I will forever love you in a very special way, and you will always have a big piece of my heart.
Posted by Stacy Veneziano on January 30, 2020
We remember lots of good times from the high school days with Preston. Since both of us moved away years after, we never had the privilege of continuing that friendship. Reading all these FB post over the last few days, tells us just how much he was loved & will be missed. Our condolences.  Sending prayers for both family & friends. 
Stacy & Kimber Melugin
Posted by Jon Issa on January 30, 2020
Preston you will be forever missed by me. I will always remember the great times we shared with family and friends. I will miss your silliness and how you had the ability to change ones saddness into laughter instantly. My deepest condolences to your friends and family. Rest easy buddy.
Posted by Ashly Carlson on January 29, 2020
Its unimaginable to me to think he is no longer here with us on the other side of the country, living his life, which always comforted me. They had to break the mold when he was born and there will never be another like him. Preston had such tenacity and a vibrant invigorating soul like no other and he certainly knew how to live and love each day as if it were his last..he will be forever remembered for many wonderful attributes and anyone who was lucky enough to have him shine in their life for one day will never forget those precious moments. Preston made days seem like seconds and life flew by throughout the many years I got to spend with him. Why did he have to leave? He will forever be in my heart and loved. A damn good man and American!!
Posted by Kimberly Ojala on January 29, 2020
I haven’t the pleasure of seeing Preston for some time my memories of Preston from childhood is a rambunctious little one with a
Infectious laugh. Preston grew up to be
thoughtful, and appreciated the good things
and man what a smile...which We will all miss ... He is with his Mother now running
around barefoot in beautiful pastures ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Terry Bishop-Crabb on January 29, 2020
We had some great times and some bad. I enjoyed every moment of our 5 1/2 years together. I'll miss your great smile, those nice blue eyes and how you made me laugh. You were a smart, intelligent man that loved his country. You'll never be forgotten. I'll always love you, honey. Silvie will miss you too. She will be well taken care of. I'm happy your at peace now. I'll see you again someday.
Posted by Paul Ojala on January 28, 2020
Preston Westly Ojala, age 48, of Vernon, Connecticut passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020. Preston was a graduate of Rockville High School and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. Preston served his country in the U.S. Army, and continued his military service in the Army Reserves, where he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He was also a member of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, where he was able to travel all over the world. Preston was one of the most patriotic people you could ever meet, his love for his country was unparalleled. Preston loved fixing things and working on cars, not just any cars but old Chryslers. He was predeceased by his mother Priscilla Ojala. He is survived by his father Paul Ojala Sr. of Vernon, CT; his brother Paul Ojala Jr. and his wife Jennifer Ojala, and his niece and nephew Sophia and Nate Ojala, all of Coventry, CT. He also survived by his great aunt and godmother Barbara Mracek of Hamburg, NJ. He also leaves behind his beloved dog Sylvie and many great friends. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Faith Tabernacle Church in Manchester, CT. A wake will take place from 12:30-1:30 and a service to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pathfinders Club, 102 Norman St. Manchester, CT, 06040.

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Posted by Christopher Till on February 17, 2020
Paul, I am saddened to hear of your family's loss of Preston. Although I never met your brother, your obituary, pictures and memories posted by others show me that he was a great man who was well-liked by those who knew him. May his fond memories live on in your heart and strengthen the gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon you and your family.
Posted by Jackie Cowing on February 2, 2020
I still can't believe that I had to attend a funeral service for my bud yesterday. It wasn't so long ago that you were my sweet little boy that I use to care for. I will always remember your smile, your funny laugh and your Blues Brothers interpretation! There will never be another like you, Preston. I will forever love you in a very special way, and you will always have a big piece of my heart.
Posted by Stacy Veneziano on January 30, 2020
We remember lots of good times from the high school days with Preston. Since both of us moved away years after, we never had the privilege of continuing that friendship. Reading all these FB post over the last few days, tells us just how much he was loved & will be missed. Our condolences.  Sending prayers for both family & friends. 
Stacy & Kimber Melugin
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Shared by Erik Aigner on January 31, 2020
My name is Erik Aigner. Although I havn’t had contact with OJ for over a decade, I feel compelled to leave a little tribute.

OJ and I were in the same Officer Candidate School class. SO we spend a year of weekends rolling in goose poop and beating our faces (doing push ups).  We also spent a few years studying together at UCONN.I want to believe that we only lost contact because I moved overseas.

OJ was one who lived life to the fullest.I can’t remember a time where he wasn’t 110% motivated and positive. We used to cruise around in his old red convertible Chrystler 300 without a care in the world.  Those memories will be with me forever, thank you. He was the life of the party and could shotgun a beer like the best of them.

I remember him telling me about his job with the Blue Angels the last time we spoke, and the pride he exhibited was infectious.He was a great friend, a solid officer, and as already mention, a patriot like none other. You will be missed.  Rest in peace brother.  HOOAH.

Prayers and Much Love to the Ojala Family

Shared by Nancy Lockrhyn on January 29, 2020
Rest in peace Preston. I only had the privilege of knowing you for a few years, but you certainly made an impression! Thank you for always being one of the kindest, most considerate, respectful people towards me. Thank you for helping me survive my first Hartford St. Patrick's day parade - gluten crisis and all - you were the one looking out for me! You chased a Christmas tree down the streets of Hartford that day! Thank you for teaching me about shooting. I will miss laser tag in your living room and target shooting off the deck! I enjoyed our chats around my firepit and watching you with the kids at our cookouts. I think your t-shirt in this photo sums up perfectly what I loved most about you - "I Stand for The Flag, Kneel for the Cross". You were a special man with an infectious smile and a heart of gold. You will be missed. Our loss is Heaven's gain.  Love,
Nancy Patricia