Of Natick, loving father and husband passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the Oakdale Nursing facility in West Boylston.
Born in Boston and raised in Roslindale, he was the son of the late James Paul and Velma (Bridges) Paul. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth I. (Brandli) Paul. He was a resident of Natick for 72 years. Jim was a baker and ran Paul’s Bakery in Framingham for many years with his brother Bob until retirement in 1985. He was an Army veteran who served with the 5th Division and Patton's 3rd Army during WWII and won the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for action during the Battle of the Bulge. Jim lived by the motto “never, never quit” and personified positive thinking.
Devoted father of Kenneth Paul and his wife Colleen Cavanaugh of Jefferson and the late Richard Paul of Georgetown and his wife Denise. He is survived by grandchildren Taryn Paronich, Meghan LaPorte, Ryan Paul, Dylan Paul, Shannon Rose and her husband Patrick, Sarah Paul Barriere and her husband Keith, and Erin Paul. Cherished brother of Barbara (Paul) Howland and her late husband Robert, the late Robert and Muriel Paul, the late Marjorie (Paul) Maurice and Andrew Maurice, and sister-in-law Carol (Brandli) Cavanaugh and the late Thomas Cavanaugh. Loving great-grandfather of Connor, Jake, and Josh. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Jim was a volunteer at Leonard Morse Hospital and the Natick Amvets and a lifelong football and Patriots fan. He loved music, nature, boating, and restoring classic Mustang autos. A passionate learner and reader he loved his iPad and Alexa and sharing knowledge with others. His greatest gifts to us were his kindness, compassion, love, and generosity.
The family requests that everyone attending the following services please wear a facemask at all times inside the funeral home. Visiting hours are at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street NATICK COMMON on Friday August 13th from 10-12pm. This will be followed by a Funeral Service at 12pm and an interment St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org)
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