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Fairlawn Mortuary

180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA

OBITUARY

Paul Edgar Demanche

March 14, 1928July 13, 2020

On July 13,2020 Paul E Demanche passed away at his home. Paul was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Catherine Demanche; siblings: Armand, Roger, Joseph “Maury” and Pauline Portelance . He leaves behind one brother, Robert “Rabs” and his wife Jeannette. In addition, he leaves behind his sister-in-law Lillian(Armand) and Gladys( Joseph). Finally, he leaves behind several nieces,nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews including his niece, Kathy Silver who served as his caretaker for the last several years.

Paul grew up in Fairhaven and attended Fairhaven High School. He then enlisted in the United States Marines. He received an honorable discharge and then proceeded to join a second military branch, the United States Navy.

Paul returned home from his time in the service and took a job as a machinist at the Morse Twist Drill in New Bedford. It would be a position he would work at for 40 years until his retirement in 1989.

Known as “walking Paul” to many, he was until recently an active member of the New Bedford YMCA, Thomas Livsey Club of Fairhaven as well as stops at Paul’s Sports Corner and the Olde Oxford Pub where he was known to “hold court” and share his opinions and advice with those interested. His dry wit and wisdom will be missed by all.

His memorial mass honoring his life will take place on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00AM in St. Mary’s Church, 440 Main Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford. Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to any Veterans organization. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, August 7, 2020

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Matt Richard

July 14, 2020

Having grown up on and spent most of my life on Hawthorne Street, Paul was a legendary figure on this street and in North Fairhaven. He seemed to be always walking somewhere with a purpose, slowing down only in the last few years. He knew a great deal about the history of this street and of my own family too. A few years ago at his brother's wake, I greeted him and although Paul had always seemed to be a very quiet man, he immediately opened up when I mentioned my last name (Richard) and spoke with great detail and clarity about having known my great grandparents. He told that him and his brothers used to go over in the morning to get milk, cream, and eggs from their little farm house, speaking French as that was all my meme spoke. He had also known my Aunt Ora, her husband Paul, my Uncle Joe, my grandfather, and my dad Ray. From the entire Richard family, I send my sincere condolences to Paul's family at this time.

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