WILMINGTON, MA — Paul S. Lyman, Sr., age 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2019.
Paul was born in Boston, MA on December 12, 1932; he was the cherished son of the late Sylvester and Mary Frances Lyman. Paul was raised and educated in Charlestown and a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. Paul was very proud of his Charlestown roots; a true “townie” he was a life-long member of the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association where he made many life-long friends.
Paul enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War; he entered active service on October 23, 1952. Paul was sent to the Hospital Corp School and stationed at the U. S. Naval Hospital. Paul proudly served his country and was recieved the Good Conduct Medal; he was honorably discharged to the United States Naval Reserves where he served until October of 1960.
Prior to his military service, Paul worked as a Pharmacist Apprentice for the Bunker Hill Drug Company in Charlestown for a few years. After he returned home from the Navy, Paul, used his GI Bill to further his education and earned his degree from the New England College of Pharmacy which later became part of Northeastern University. Paul went on to have a long and rewarding career in the Pharmacy Industry; a profession he truly had a passion for.
Paul married “his best friend and true love” Ruthie Dole; the couple were married for 67 years; they shared many wonderful times together with their family and friends before her passing in September of this year. Paul and Ruth moved “up country” to Suncrest Acres in Wilmington in 1961; they raised a beautiful family there and were extremely close to their neighbors. Paul and Ruth loved to entertain and were famous for their annual Christmas Eve bash; all were welcome and everyone had a great time.
In 1967, Ruth and Paul opened their first drug store, The Village Apothecary in Billerica and a legacy was born. They ran their business as a “true old fashioned family business” with a huge family atmosphere; everyone was involved, family and friends alike if you needed a job Paul was quick to put you to work. Paul was a hard worker and very professional; he also had a heart of gold and would go over and above for his customers. Paul was known to show up at a customer’s home to deliver in all kinds of weather and run an account “on the cuff”. Paul was known to do whatever was needed to help them through a rough patch. He knew most of his customers on a first name basis and they referred to him as “Doc.” Paul made everyone feel as though they were the most important person in the store. In the mid 1980’s, Ruth and Paul decided to expand their venture when their son Chris decided to join the profession and bought Kristal Pharmacy in the Lucci’s Plaza in Wilmington; they re-named the store The Village Apothecary II. Ruth, Paul and Chris soon adopted the same philosophy but added their personal touches and their welcoming personalities to the store. The Village Apothecary II soon became a popular “home town drug store”. Paul retired from the stores following more than 30 successful years and went on to work at the Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford.
Paul had a soft spot in his heart for the Veterans returning from active duty with injuries ranging from physical disabilities to PTSD. He worked diligently with the doctors at the hospital; making the rounds with them and putting together health care plans to best suit the patients needs. Paul was a preceptor and took students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern with him on rounds and allow them to shadow his work; he was not only teaching them the pharmacy industry but he was showing them by example how to be kind, caring, helpful and empathetic to those in need. Paul received the “Preceptor of the Year” award on multiple years. Paul also looked for ways to better his profession and was an active member of the Mass Pharmacists Association and the Boston Druggist Association.
Paul loved Wilmington and throughout his busy schedule he found time to be very active in his community and was a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club. Paul was always finding ways to “give back” or “pay it forward” to his community and mankind in general. Paul was a research participant in the Hope Study the flagship research project of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease and CTE Center. Upon his death, Paul’s brain will assist the National Institute on Aging in understanding how memory and other thinking abilities change in people as they age. The results of the study will provide valuable information that will assist researchers who are working toward finding causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related memory impairment.
Through the years, Paul and Ruth, kept in close contact with their childhood friends; they raised their families together, vacationed, traveled together and they spent many happy times together in Florida throughout their later years. Paul will be fondly remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family, friends, customers and community. He was a true “gentlemen” in every sense of the word and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Paul was the beloved husband of 67 years to the late Ruth M. (Dole) Lyman, devoted father of Paul S. Lyman, Jr. & partner Dorothy Tracy of Beverly, Dawn M. Ballou and Christopher Lyman & wife Patricia all of Wilmington, Jeffrey Lyman & wife Elaine of Tewksbury, Matthew J. Lyman & partner Jei Zhang of Washington, DC, Joseph A. Lyman & partner Marcello Peppi of Connecticut and the late Gregory T. Lyman & his former wife Laura of Reading. Loving “Grampy” of Kerri Fleming & husband Richard Jr. of Illinois, Kristi Lyman & wife Kristen Thomas of Wilmington, Shannon Blacker & husband Ross of North Andover, Devon Londono & husband Jhon of Medford, Daniel Ballou III & wife Natasha of Andover, Sean Ballou & wife Rebecca of Salisbury, Rory Ballou & wife Nancy of Dracut, Meghan Fennelly & husband James of Wilmington, Larissa Lyman of Reading, John Lyman & fiance Maureen Devlin of Brighton, Alessandra Lyman and Jacqueline Lyman both of Wilmington, Daniel Zhang of Pennsylvania as well as 16 great-grandchildren Richard III, Hannah, Mairead, Kevin, Kennedy, Connor, Brendan, Maya, the late Olivia, Daniel IV, Luke, Cody, Jack, Evelyn, Thomas, and Vivian. Cherished son of the late Sylvester and Mary Frances (Kelly) Lyman, dear brother of Donald Lyman & wife Ethel of Wilmington, Phillip Lyman of Cohasset, Mary Gray & husband Bradford of Lehigh Acres, FL, the late Robert Lyman and Laurel Lyman, brother-in-law of Sam Lyman of Nevada, Barbara & Michael Kaveney of Wilmington, the late Robert, James and Warren Dole, Jr., Kathleen Dole of Quincy and Susan Dole of Melrose. Paul is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours were held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, November 3rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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