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Paul Gerard McCabe

November 15, 1932February 11, 2020

Paul Gerard McCabe, 87, long-time resident of Boston and Brookline, MA, died February 11, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. McCabe was born November 15, 1932, in Boston, MA to John Andrew (of Boston) and Ellen Josephine (Doran) McCabe (of Dublin, Ireland). He was predeceased by 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Paul is survived by his devoted wife of 18 years, Joan Watson McCabe, of Boston, MA, Claire H. Wade of Arlington, VA and Charles L. Gilliatt, of Fort Worth, TX, as well as 20 nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington, VA. A private memorial service was held at The Jefferson Retirement Community in Arlington, VA. Burial arrangements are being coordinated by his surviving family, date TBD, in Jamaica Plain, MA. Remembrances of Paul may be shared at

Mr. McCabe served in the United States Army(1951-1953) followed by Army Reserves, earning the National Defense Service Medal. He greatly enjoyed singing, dancing and golf. Over the course of his life, Paul spent summers in Wrentham, MA; Melvin Village, NH; and Little Compton, RI. He loved to read, and was a frequent visitor at his local libraries. In Paul's honor, his family welcomes your support of his favorite libraries:

Friends of the Arlington Public Library 1015 N. Quincy St. Arlington, VA 22201

Brookline Library Foundation 361 Washington St. Brookline, MA 02445


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Regina Landers

September 11, 2020

OMG. Paul, such a lovely, friendly, welcoming human being.

I knew him from Unity in Brookline. He took good care of the church. He and my friend, Joan, were such a loving couple, so devoted to each other.

I miss seeing both.

R.I.P. dear soul.

Regina A. Landers

Catherine McCabe

February 24, 2020

From my earliest memories, Uncle Paul was there. As one of his brothers' kids, we would visit often and seem to meet up with the rest of Paul's/McCabe family at his house.

Perhaps it's association by pet, but I remember he had a Beagle, very mild mannered. Whenever we'd visit, I remember hanging out with the Beagle and his first wife, Barbara..... learned a thing or two from Aunt Barbara.

Following a life change, Uncle Paul spent years in the upper most region of New Hampshire, I feel it was Colebrook, for work. I often wondered how he could just fall off the map like it appeared he did, but in hindsight, it really it seems now, that he was on an adventure of a lifetime.

Green as they come, once, while at UNH Plymouth, my friend and I hitch-hiked up there, as I had a vivid memory of Uncle Paul's description of the location at which he lived and worked, and I was certain to find it to surprise him with a visit, I didn't, but in those days, it was actually a little fun hitch-hiking around and I still have amazing memories of that time and occasion.

Fast-forward to the nineties, Uncle Paul re-emerged with the love of his life, Joan. He was so deeply happy. I went to his wedding and met Joan...... feeling immediately that their match was that of soul-mates.... they were the quintessential modern couple...... living in Brookline, going to movies, practicing yoga, eating out, critically discussing events of the day and celebrating their lives. He WAS the modern brother. Indeed, he was the cool uncle!

Dearest Joan, I am so sorry for your loss, but do know, Uncle Paul was so in love with you and very fortunate to have you for his companion and wife. We miss him, his humor and his vitality and hope that our loving memory of Uncle Paul is a modicum of comfort to you. Please know you can reach out to any of us to share your loss, and joy, and to continue to be part of this family, and a comforting reminder to us, as well, of his memory.

Catherine McCabe

John McCabe

February 23, 2020

I remember Uncle Paul (aka "Uncle Mac") McCabe as the "cool uncle", partly because he was a bachelor amongst 6 married McCabe brothers. He loved life, lived it to the fullest, enjoyed dancing, singing and golf. All our love and blessings to Paul's extended McCabe and Gilliatt families.

John, Lynn, Katie & Maddie McCabe
Garden City, NY