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Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT

OBITUARY

Paula M Doak

March 9, 1967November 15, 2019
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Paula Doak (King) passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Centerbrook, CT surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the age of 52, after a lifelong battle with Type 1 Diabetes.

Paula was born on March 9, 1967 in Dublin, Ireland and was raised with her brother Brian King and sisters Louise James (King) and Anna Furey (King) by their mother and father, Ann and Michael King, in Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland.

Paula was an inspirationally strong and incredibly thoughtful woman who touched countless lives with her contagious laughter, love, and genuine care for everyone around her. Her strength began as a child when she developed Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, but she didn’t let that stop her. After graduating from Sancta Maria College, she independently moved from her family home in Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland to the United States and created a beautiful life in America, as a proud Irish American. She experienced life in New York City then ventured to Connecticut where she met and married her husband, Thomas Doak. Paula spent her life devoted to her family. She was the loving mother of her children Thomas Doak IV, Colleen Doak, and Michael Doak and his wife Samantha Beyer, and her step-children Nancy Doak and Shani Degrosa. She was the proud grandmother of Sophia, Aodhan, and Christopher Kumpitsch, Olivia Ayala, and Dylan, George and Bailey Decoster. In addition to her beloved family, she had an exceptionally close relationship with her friends who also moved from Ireland to the United States and with her dog Bruno and her three cats.

Among the many lessons she taught her family throughout the years, the ones that stuck with them most were to enjoy “a good laugh” as she called it and to cherish the simple things in life, especially family and friends.

In honor of Paula’s remarkable life, a visitation will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4-8pm at the Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main Street in Clinton, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday November 23, 2019 at St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy Street, Madison. Interment will be in Beaver Brook Cemetery, Route 145, Clinton. All are welcome attend and celebrate Paula's life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paula’s memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.org). The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the nurses, doctors, and medical staff for the compassionate and excellent care given to Paula throughout the years.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Barbara Welz (Romanini)

December 9, 2019

Sending my condolences to the friends and family. I knew the Doak family when I was a teenager. So sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, Tom. May time heal your pain.

Deirdre MacIomaire Slevin

November 23, 2019

My beautiful girl. So full of love. You listened for years to my tears to my happiness and through both of us we laughed and cried sometimes late into the night/ early mornings laughing when we should cry. Crying when we shoulda laughed. I love you so much and will continue to talk to you. If you hear a big squeal from Tyrone or nyc you’ll know it’s me going off me rocker again. I love you Mo chara
tá tú leis na haingil ina suí leis an uilechumhachtach féin Is breá liom tú
( you’re with the angels sitting with the almighty himself. I love you my friend. Deirdré)

Yvonne Murphy

November 23, 2019

My love, my friend i'll miss you everyday, you made me laugh you made me cry (from laughing so much), it won't be the same without you. Rest in peace Paula xxx

Christy Babcock

November 22, 2019

Tommy and family,
I am so heartbroken that Paula passed away. I wish I could be there. Paula always had a beautiful smile and her Irish laughter was contagious. She will be missed.
Love to all.
Christy Babcock

Nancy, John and John J. Mckim

November 21, 2019

Our thought and prayers are with you.

Gary Leavy

November 21, 2019

Goodbye old friend, Your sense of humor , your fighting spirit I will always treasure...
You held me in far more esteem than I ever deserved and for that I am externally grateful,
Until we meet again..
Love Gary.

Gretchen Duguay

November 21, 2019

Paula was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister in law and aunt. When she passed took a piece of all our hearts but left our hearts with many joyful memories. She will dearly be missed.

Gretchen & Joe

Tom Driscoll

November 19, 2019

Loss of a wonderful woman. Always spoke so proudly of her children and grands.

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