August 29, 1925 - February 27, 2021
Mr. Richard (Dick) M. Paul, age 95, of Dalton, MA passed away on February 27, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center following a short illness. Prior to his passing, Richard wrote his own obituary. Dick was born on August 29, 1925 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was the son of Clarence and Adlien Paul of Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He graduated from Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ in 1943. After graduation, at 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of boot camp in Newport, R.I. he was sent to Quartermaster School. Upon completing the program, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy submarine service and was sent to New London, CT. He was qualified in submarines in 1944 and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He was a lifelong member of the submarine Holland Club. Dick received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Unit Citation and Victory Medal. A week after his honorable discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Rutgers College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. Being married with a child and going to college, it took him over six years to receive his Bachelor's of Science degree. Upon graduation, he went to work and at the same time began studying for his Master's at Rutgers, Seton Hall and Fairleigh-Dickinson Universities. While going to college he worked for American Chicle Co. Upon graduation with this Bachelor's degree he went to work with Bristol Laboratories and then joined Parke Davis Pharmaceutical Co., where he enjoyed a 28 year career. After working 18 years in NJ, he was transferred to the Berkshires where he was put in charge of sales for Western MA, Southwestern VT, Upper Eastern part of NY and portions of Western CT. Upon retiring from Parke Davis, Dick became the Coach of Pittsfield High School's Tennis Team. His team was undefeated for four years. He also resumed his studies at Williams College and North Adams State College. He coached minor league baseball and he would attend his children's sports activities, church events and was always there for them. His work in New England required that he traveled every other week on business. Anne was a great substitute coach. Although a pharmacist, Dick did not like retail work. He watched his father work 12-14 hour days at his drug store. So, he went to work for the pharmaceutical companies instead. Dick was involved in athletics most of his life. He excelled in baseball, tennis, and bowling. He was ranked 21 in New England for his age bracket while playing in the NELTA Senior Circuit. He was going to pursue a career in baseball but chose to go to college instead as he considered that more important. He was an amateur Geologist traveling across the country in search of mineral specimens and got a lot of joy out of his collection and showing it to others. While living in NJ, Dick was a volunteer fireman and a special police officer. He would work all day, then become a policeman at night patrolling a 32 sq. mile area in Chester Township, NJ. As a member of Zion's Lutheran Church, Dick served as head usher, Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir and played his trumpet for holiday services. He was Cubmaster of Pack 10 and then Scoutmaster of Troop 10. He served on the Church Council where he volunteered as secretary and treasurer of the church. He later became a member of the United Methodist Church of Lenox. He served on the Ad Council, the Trustees and Finance Committee, was a Scripture Reader and Communion Assistant and sang and played trumpet in the Gospel Band. Dick was a longtime member of The Eagles Community Band. He was Band Manager for years, served on the Eagles Board as secretary, past president, and chairman. He scheduled performances, secured grants, was the liaison with the First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, and lastly was the Treasurer of the Band. Dick was a volunteers' volunteer. He would volunteer for almost anything that came up. He played trumpet in the concert band, the marching band, the brass group and the stage band. He headed up the scholarship committee that gives out scholarships to high school seniors in Berkshire County. Dick also played trumpet in the MCLA Community Band, Stockbridge Sinfonia, the Pitttsfield Music School Synkrony, a Dixieland Band, the Melha Shriners Military Band and German Band. While in the Navy, Dick was a passenger on an aircraft carrier that took him to the Philippines to pick up a submarine. The ship's bugler became ill and he took over his duties and became the ship's bugler for the rest of the voyage. Dick also played trumpet on the USS Anthedon on his way home from the Philippines after the war was over. He was a member of Melha Shriners, Mason's Mystic Lodge, Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 68, Berkshire Shrine Club, International Trumpet Guild, the Berkshire Museum, the Colonial Theater and Berkshire Music School. He was married for 55 years to Anne Adams Paul who predeceased him on February 16, 2013. He is survived by his daughter Robyn Huban (Martin) of Dalton. He also leaves three sons: Richard Jr.(Kim) of Bradenton, FL, John (Lisa) of Carrollton, VA, and James(Tina) of Cartersville, GA. He is survived by 8 grandchildren: Jaclyn, Lauryn, Kevin, Richard III, Corrie, Jason, John and Jordan and 5 great grandchildren. Dick also leaves behind his sister Doris Anderson of New Jersey. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Wesley and Norman. Funeral Notice: Funeral services for Mr. Richard (Dick) M. Paul will be private. A live webcast of the service will be available on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 10 a.m. To view the service, please visit http://www.dwyerfuneral.com/obituaries/permalink/9864860/LTWebcast . Burial with full military honors will follow at Pittsfield Cemetery. A recording of the honors will uploaded and available for viewing later that day. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at a later date, when Covid restrictions are lifted and all are able to safely gather. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory may be made to the The Eagles Band, Inc. PO Box 1946 Pittsfield MA 01202-1946.
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