Paul Boughton Badger
March 13, 1934 – April 13, 2021
Paul Boughton Badger, beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on April 13, 2021, in the same room where he was born 87 years before. He was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. A life-long resident of Norwood and the patriarch of a large and loving family, he is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Diane Badger, his children, Paul Badger and his wife Joan of North Attleboro, MA; John Badger and his wife Maria of Norwood, MA; Erika Hession and her husband Tommy of Needham, MA; and Greg Zaff and his wife Sonja of Cambridge, MA. He is also survived by his sisters Leslie Cardoni and Faith Garvin, as well as over 32 nieces and nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his siblings, Knight, Priscilla, Jenny, Shirley, Charlie, and Allen. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Paul Badger, Stephanie Badger, Jerome Jackson, Cameron Badger, Zachary Badger, Jake Hession, Griffen Hession, and Kristina Zaff.
Paul was born in Norwood, MA on March 13, 1934, to Knight Abbott and Flora Boughton Badger, and he graduated from Norwood High School in 1951. Paul grew up milking cows, shoveling stalls and bailing hay on his family’s farm - Gay Farm Dairy and Orchards. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force where he was stationed in Laredo, Texas as an airplane mechanic. After the service, he started his own construction company, P.B. Badger General Contracting, a business he ran for over 25 years. He also owned a tractor dealership and real estate leasing company and was proudly relied upon to plow the driveways of many grateful Norwood and Westwood residents, culminating with a renowned, non-stop two week stint on the back of his Allis Chalmers Tractor in the Blizzard of ‘78.
Paul’s heart always sang in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Few Massachusetts residents have ever put more miles on their vehicles driving north on Route 89. Thirty years ago, he and Diane began construction on a summer home on a hilltop in Barre, VT, doing the majority of the work themselves. Everywhere Paul went, he looked for ways to contribute and touch lives. In Barre, he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Civil Authority and volunteered his services as an elections official and Justice of the Peace. With little fanfare, in his characteristically quiet and dedicated way, Paul spent more than two decades associated with the Barre Evangelical Free Church. Paul’s involvement in Vermont led to many lifelong friendships.
Paul spent quality time in the sky as a flight instructor and regular at Wiggins Airways in Norwood. He spread his wings there and shared the lessons he learned in the cockpit with his nephew, Rob Nolfi, who, today, is a distinguished career-long pilot at Delta Airlines. Love of flying aside, Paul’s happiest days were on the ground with family. His Clapboardtree Street home was always open for business, no appointments necessary. 36 Clapboardtree was a multi-functional place - a destination at various times of the year for Lobster Bakes, Tennis Tournaments (Paul built a court in his backyard), weddings, Sunday breakfasts, sledding outings in the winter, mini-bike and go kart gatherings in spring, summer and fall. So many people just seemed to end up there, feeling welcome and loved.
Paul will be remembered by so many whose lives he touched, most especially by his grandchildren who will hold their beloved Papa always in their hearts.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St on Friday, April 16th from 4-8pm. A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at the Trinity Community Church, Norwood, MA, on Saturday, April 17th at 10:00 am. Due to current restrictions, attendance will be limited.
Donations may be made in Paul's memory to the Old Colony Hospice at: https://www.oldcolonyhospice.org/donation-overview
- Old Colony Hospice
Visitation at Gillooly Funeral Home
Friday, April 16, 2021
Celebration of Life
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Paul Boughton Badger
April 17, 2021
Dear Maria, John, and family. Deeply sorry for loss. May time and memories heal your sorrow. Thinking of you all, may your Papa Rest In Peace.
April 17, 2021
Well, the world has lost one of it's best. I always looked up to Uncle Paul for so many reasons - his kindness, love of his family, his work ethic. He set a great example for everyone. I remember many family gatherings when I was a child where he had fun things for us kids to do. I often recall a time when he was helping me waterski for the first time and, after I fell and didn't want to do it again, he encourage me to try and he said, "Don't give up. I know you can do this." So, I tried again and did it. I have often thought of that when I've had trouble accomplishing something. I will also never forget his and Diane's kindness and help to my parents, Tom and Priscilla, in their later years. I had so much to deal with at the time and there were truly angels watching over them. I haven't seen much of the family over the past years but I think of you often and love you all.
April 16, 2021
To Paul's Family,
Paul, "Mr Badger" was a very gracious host to all of Paul junior's friends, having spent many a time out in the garage myself working on a dirt bike or simply hanging out with more than a few friends. Mr. Badger was always on the move, involved with one project or another, however he always had a moment for quick hello.
Remembering how loud and probably obnoxious we all must have been, not many people would have the temperament to open his home to this somewhat motley crew.
Great memories and very thankful I had to pleasure of know this great guy.
April 16, 2021
Uncle Paul not only brought light into my Aunt Diane's life when they met 30+ years ago, but our whole family was blessed with his patience and wisdom. I cherish the times he shared his knowledge and family history while we visited Vermont. Although, I think he secretly enjoyed those trips to Cabot to sample the cheese more than we did!
What an example of a servant's heart! He will be missed by more than we can know.
We love you Uncle Paul - now you can teach those Angels why Barre truly is God's country!
April 14, 2021
Uncle Paul gave my mother, Laura and I such a wonderful gift and memory when he took us all up to see the Christmas lights from the sky above. It was magical ✨. Tennis tournaments and Christmas parties all seem so long ago now, but I remember. Thank you Paul. My love to all who will be missing him. There are many. Diane, may his strength be with you now 🙏
April 14, 2021
Paul was a good friend of mine and my brothers. He helped me shovel out to go to work when my brother was in the service; had a wonderful time waterskiing in norwood, was up to his house a lot visiting with him and his wife, parties. A great guy, a wonderful host if you came to his house. Ken and I will miss you Paul. God's peace to Diane and family.