D'Elia Funeral Home

Route 70 & Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ


Paul Edward Desmond

October 5, 1944July 19, 2020

Paul Edward Desmond, 75, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 19, 2020.He grew up in West New York, NJ and was an Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Boys' High School, West New York, and St. Peter's University, Jersey City. He served in the Air Force from 1967-1971.

Paul worked at Fiduciary Trust in New York City for many years as a trust officer until his retirement in 2004. Both he and his wife, Loretta, enjoyed golfing and cooking. Paul was an avid reader. Everyone looked forward to their desserts!

Paul was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Rita (Snell) Desmond and his daughter, Jeanne. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Loretta (Scotet) his daughter , Catherine, and her wife Alycia and their daughters, Peribella and Violet, of Rutherford, his sisters, Rita Claire Fitzsimmons of Freehold, and Patricia Vargo and her husband, Robert, of Marlboro, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Paul's memory to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of the D'Elia Funeral Home 1300 Vermont Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701. Cremation will be held privately. Memorial service to be held at a later date.


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Cira Nisco

July 21, 2020

Paul is, and will forever be, as special as they come. A great man. Someone who made this world a better place and those richer who had the honor of knowing him. His easy going manner, quiet wit, abounding wisdom and fun spirit always left you feeling blessed to know him. He always had good advice. Solid and true. He was someone you looked forward to seeing and never wanted the visit to end. From the moment I met Paul it was clear how amazing he was and that he was absolutely one half of the dynamic duo. He and Loretta are truly one of the happiest, funniest, loving and most treasured couples I have and will ever meet. Whether on the go or on the green, they had a good time together. Always each other’s champion. Their love and dedication to each other is what people have written sonnets, plays and books about. I know there are truly no words to express our profound sadness from Paul’s passing but we are here for you, Loretta, to comfort, care and offer strength now and in all the days ahead. All our love always, Cira, Sinibaldo, Antonio & Tony