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Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

154 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA

OBITUARY

John Paul Leahy

May 19, 1936November 27, 2019

LEAHY, John “Paul”, 83, of Sandwich, MA, died peacefully at home on November 27, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 19th, 1936 to John Joseph and Elizabeth Nora (Donahue) Leahy in Somerville, MA.

Paul grew up in Wellesley Massachusetts where he attended Wellesley High School. He graduated from Bowdoin and MIT where he received his MBA. In 1962, Paul rejoined Norton Company in Worcester MA as a financial analyst for their Refractories Division. Paul met Carol in Bass River in the summer of 1956 and married in August of 1961. Paul was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and boating. Paul was an active member of the Catholic church. Paul’s career took him to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1979 to become Senior Vice President for Christensen Diamond Company. They remained in Salt Lake for 14 years, then moved to Houston for 18 months to run the finance division at Baker Hughes. Shortly thereafter, Paul and Carol retired to Anacortes WA where they lived for 17 more years. For many years he was a member and commodore of the Fidalgo Yacht Club in Anacortes. Paul and Carol decided to move to back Cape Cod after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary to be closer to their extended families. They settled in Sandwich MA in 2011. He is survived by his wife Caroline Leahy of Sandwich, MA, his daughter Jean Klepacki (and Andy) of Hadley Ma, his son William Leahy (and Lauren) of Seattle WA, his sister Marcia Crago (and Arthur), and his grandchildren, Avery and Marc Klepacki and Hannah and Sam Leahy.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 5th 11AM, at Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meeting House Rd, East Sandwich, MA. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 9-10:30AM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA. Burial will at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Paul’s name to The Parkinson’s Foundation 200 SE 1st St Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131 For directions, & online condolences please visit www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visiting Hours Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 5, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial is private

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Maury Webb

December 5, 2019

As I told you today, Paul was very special to me. It was very meaningful to have shared the services for him today with you. Like Ron Koons and Ron Harmon, I joined Norton in 1969. Throughout my 30 years will Norton, I had great relations with Paul but in particular, the years I worked directly for Paul in Worcester and later as a peer with Paul in Salt Lake City were very special. I enjoyed many of the individuals whom I worked with over the years but I can truly say that I loved Paul. He was truly the Best.

Ronald Koons

December 3, 2019

Paul hired me as a financial analyst for Norton Company in 1969. It was my first job after I graduated from. I worked for Paul or in the same division as Paul for roughly 20 years in Worcester, Salt Lake and Houston. Much of the success I had in my career was the result of the time Paul spent mentoring me . I learned financial, management, and people skills from Paul, and most importantly,ethics. I will always remember Paul for his positive impact on my career and as a good friend.

Karol Bowker Wyckoff

December 3, 2019

Paul, who I've know since grammar school, was also a dear neighbor growing up, as well. We've been blessed to have stayed in touch all these years . Paul will be sorely missed by all of our family. God be with all of his family during this very sad time!

Kerstin Forrester

December 3, 2019

My career at Norton Company began as a member of Paul’s NII staff. Paul was by far the best person I have ever worked for or with. He was fair, caring, supportive, and fun. My sincere sympathy to Carol and his family.
Love, Kerstin

Ronald Harmon

December 2, 2019

I came to Norton Co. In 1969 largely because of the interview I had with Paul. A great guy!
Ron Harmon

Sandi Koons

December 2, 2019

Dear Carol & Family - Ron and I were sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. Most of my memories come from my many visits to Anacortes. But there was one memory in Texas - it was the day you invited us all out on your boat. Paul helped Jamie to have his first fishing trip. Paul kept catching some fish. Then suddenly Jamie’s pole started to really bend - Paul helped him to bring in the fish. Jamie had caught a huge fish. I will never forget Jamie’s happy face & excitement! Thanks Paul! Love & miss you.

Carole & Ron Cohen

December 2, 2019

We remember Paul as a fun person to be around. The first time we met him was in NY at a family lunch. He was so likable that Ron and I immediately wanted to know him better and we were so happy Lauren was marrying into his family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY