Ernest Henry Grauel of Westport died June 30, 2010, at Norwalk Hospital of liver cancer. He was 82.

Born in Norristown, Pa., on May 23, 1928, to Anne and Ernest H. Grauel Sr., he spent his early years in Black Rock, followed by about six decades in Westport. He was an artist his whole life and, at times, worked as a theater projectionist and taxi driver. He loved Westport and was a local fixture, recognizable by his handlebar mustache and hats.

Grauel was mentored by the artists James Dougherty and Karl Anderson, and studied at the Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union and The Art Students League. He worked mostly in oils with an abstract, cubist style. His works were exhibited in shows throughout the region.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 2nd Infantry Division's signal corps in Korea during the Korean War.

He is survived by his son, Sean Grauel, and daughter-in-law, Laurie Grauel of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and his son, Thane Grauel, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Ganga of Norwalk; a sister, Jeannette Wilde of Avon; six grandchildren, Micah, Jonah, Tobin, Levi, Nathaniel and Lillian Grauel; his former wife, Zazu Gray of Milford; and his cat, Shelby.

A memorial service will be announced in the near future.