OBITUARY

Paul M. Molloy

September 13, 1962June 6, 2021
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It is with great sorrow that the family of Paul M. Molloy announce his unexpected passing on June 6th, 2021. Born in Queens, NY, a son of the late William and Eileen (Mahoney) Molloy. He was a longtime resident of Long Island, NY before relocating 11 years ago to Warren, RI.

Paul was the loving husband of Margaret (Werner) Molloy, to whom he was married for 32 years. He is also survived by his daughter Megan, his daughter Katieanne and her partner Chris, his grandson Aidan and his bonus grandson Spencer, as well as his two brothers, Edward and John Molloy, and two great friends, Pete and Keith, who may as well have been brothers. He is very missed by his many cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as his trusty sidekick Pumpkin the guide dog, his retired guide dog Shaunie, and little Larry who he couldn’t help but love. Paul was preceded in death by his siblings: Jimmy, Billy, Tommy, Robert, Anne, Robin, and Gary Molloy.

A graduate of West Hempstead High School in West Hempstead, NY, he attended National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY where he met Margaret playing in the Deaf Combo Band and had the opportunity to together perform for the President. He continued his studies at SUNY Stony Brook in Long Island, NY where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Social Science. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education/Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in Manhattan NY.

He took great pride in his work as Project Coordinator of New York State Technical Assistance Project (NYSTAP) working with DeafBlind children and youth at Columbia University where he worked for 14 years. He led and assisted in many workshops throughout the years focused on accessibility and even took part in publications such as Silence with a Touch: Living with Usher Syndrome and Usher Syndrome: Personal and Professional Perspectives in which he explained about his unique disability- Usher Syndrome, which caused him to be DeafBlind. Paul moved to Warren in 2009 where he began work at Corliss Institute Inc. as the Program Director and later the Executive Director, a position he held until his passing. He had a great love and passion for working with Deaf and Deaf with Developmental Disabilities, advocating for accessibility. He truly leaves a wake in the Deaf and DeafBlind communities. Despite his many accomplishments, his greatest trait of all was his sense of humor. No matter what life threw at him, he always managed to keep laughing, get everyone laughing with him, and came out stronger. He had an amazing ability to light up any room and make every person feel truly “seen” and valued. According to his daughters he was the absolute best Dad and provided an amazing support system for his immediate family, and the many people that became family throughout the years. He will be deeply missed.

Visitation and wake services for Paul will be held on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 from 1:00pm- 5:00pm in the Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home at 615 Main Street in Warren, RI. Relatives, friends, coworkers, and community members he has impacted are all welcome. Contributions in his honor can be made to Corliss Institute Inc. at 290 Main Street, Warren, RI, 02885 and/or the Guide Dog Foundation at 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY, 11787. For directions or to leave a note of condolence to the family please visit www.wilbur-romano.com

An additional Memorial service will be held at Barnes-Sorrentino Funeral Home at 539 Hempstead Avenue in West Hempstead, NY on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 12:00pm- 4:00pm.

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  • Corliss Institute
  • Guide Dog Foundation

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Amy Galinelli

June 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Paul's family. I had the please of meeting you at the Admiral Pub while I was working. I got to know each of you and looked forward to the "next time". May his memory heal your hearts during this difficult time.

Margie Patterson McElwain

June 14, 2021

I remember Paul when he was just a little kid, determined to be happy and filled with life and energy to spare. Those qualities never left him as he grew older, became a student and husband and father and friend. Paul was warm, caring, welcoming and always happy to see you no matter what the circumstances. Very few people can handle all that this life throws their way with the consistency and grace that Paul had in abundance. My heart is heavy with his loss, but most especially heavy for Margie, Meagan, Katieanne, Edward and John, and his loyal companion dogs. Paul's passing leaves a huge void for all of us: family, friends, co-workers and everyone whose life was touched by him. I wish solace, comfort and peace for all of us.
Margie P. (his cousin)

Carol Giacobbe

June 12, 2021

I was blessed to meet Paul and work with him at NYSTAP in New York, Katie Anne was only 3 years old then. My mom and I had the privilege of getting to know him, his family and friends with open arms. He had much compassion and acceptance in his heart. A guiding light in my life at that time. And I’m sure a guiding light for many.
Margie, Katie Ann , and Megan My deepest sympathies.

Debby Medeiros

June 12, 2021

Paul-I only knew you for 2 and a half years but you made me feel like I knew you for my whole life. You are one the nicest people to have ever come into my life-your sense of humor was amazing -we all enjoyed being in PAULDOM-but above all you were the most compassionate person to everyone-there were no boundaries or limitations to your ways and for that I am forever grateful -you always said you would make Jets fans out of us so out of respect to you we will cheer them on for this year and only this year and if they win we know it’s because of you-May you Rest In Peace my friend- love, Debby

Timothy Riker

June 12, 2021

Paul Molloy is leaving a tremendous hole to fill in the Deaf community. Through his work at Corliss Institute and advocacy in the community, he has made an impact on all of us that will be remembered for a long time. His legacy should be cherished and celebrated.

I first met Paul through the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when he was serving as a commissioner. When I was being interviewed for the vacant position as commissioner 7 years ago, I remember his question as if it was yesterday, "As you may know, the CDHH serves a widely diverse population including those who identify as Deaf who use ASL, Oral-Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Deaf with a secondary disability, and so on. Please share what you feel may be some core issues for any of these groups." Because of the recommendation of Paul and other commissioners serving at that time, I felt welcomed to be part of the Rhode Island community.

A few years ago, Paul was invited to be part of a panel at Brown University to raise awareness about the Deaf community's experience interacting with the community. His insights as a member of the DeafBlind community were valuable and had a lasting effect on numerous students and community members. In memory of Paul, I am sharing a photo of him introducing himself and signing his name.

My condolences to Margaret Molloy and the family for their sudden loss. The community and I will mourn with you and celebrate his legacy.

Warmest regards,

Tim Riker

Dave Sousa

June 12, 2021

Rest in peace Paul! Thank you for all of your support and words of encouragement! You were certainly a “BEAM OF LIGHT “In the sometimes dark world of the special needs community!

Cassy Rodriguez

June 11, 2021

My Uncle Paul was the absolute best! I practically lived at his house as a kid, i had as many sleepovers as my mom would let me, sometimes for days at a time! I’m so thankful for all the memories, all the laughs, stories and songs!! When i tell you this man lit up any room he walked into! I just wish i couldve let him know how much i appreciated him when i had the chance.. My heart is so broken for my Beautiful Aunt Margie, Katie & Megan. Rest In Peace Uncle Paul ❤️

Lillian Saez

June 11, 2021

My boss and NY friend ..our last conversation was on the Big Apple. So glad I can reflect back on our chats. It always bring me smiles, ty!! Until we meet again on the resurrection John 5:28,29. Num 23:19. Warm hugs to the family.

Carol Fay

June 11, 2021

Paul had such a joyful “hello!” Always with arms wide open and a huge smile followed by “ how’s the hubby?” I loved to stop by his office. He’d get out his phone to show me pictures of little Aiden—pictures he couldn’t see himself. He was a proud grandpa!

Paul made Corliss a fun place to be. You could see his leadership reflected in the staff, a loyal and creative group of people who respected him tremendously. He made the members feel valued and safe.

Margie, Katieanne and Megan my heart aches for you. Paul loved you all so much and talked about you all the time. I hope there is some comfort in the knowledge that Paul was loved and cherished by so many of us.

Keith S

June 10, 2021

It's never easy to have to say goodbye for now to someone in your life. It is especially difficult when it is your best friend that has been there for you and with you for years. Paul has touched so many people in the years he has been here in this world. He has always had the strength and courage to be there for the ones he loved and cared for. He was loyal to a point that you simply don't come across very often in this world. Paul had a way of bringing light into a dark room and laughter into pretty much any experiences regardless of the circumstances. He often times said when he was gone he wanted us to celebrate his life and that is what I plan on doing to the best of my abilities. I will miss my brother in many ways and will honor my memories of our times together, I am forever blessed to have had him in my life for the time I had. Thank you brother for being such an important and memorable season in my life that will be with me for as long as I am in this world. I love you brother

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