OBITUARY: LeRoy P. “Paul” Reynolds, 73

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — LeRoy P. Reynolds, “Paul”, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.), United States Air Force, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020, at the Winchester Hospital.

Paul was born on November 26, 1946, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna Reynolds. Paul was raised in Arlington and Chelsea; he graduated from Chelsea High School.

Paul was drafted into the United States Air Force and began active duty on September 20, 1966. This was a start of a long and rewarding career in the Military. Paul served all over the world where he visited many places and met new people; his endearing and selfless personality led him to involve himself in lots of humanitarian work all over the world. Paul married “his sweetheart” Virginia on June 16, 1974 and together they traveled to different duty stations; Virginia was always so supportive and proud of her husband. As Paul was transferred from various duty stations he managed to continue his education and earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in teaching from Southern Illinois University. Throughout the years, Paul worked through the ranks and was honorably discharged from active duty in June of 1990 as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Paul and his family moved back to Massachusetts and bought their family home in Wilmington in 1991 where they would raise two wonderful children; Gene and Venessa. Paul continued to work with the Government as a Veterans Agent with the Department of Employment for the next 24 years before his retirement. Paul had a passion for helping “his Veterans”; he cared deeply for and went above and beyond to help everyone but especially the homeless Veterans in Boston. They always held a special place in his heart.

As a family man, Paul, was second to none; he was very involved with his children’s sports, school events or anything else they were doing in their lives. He was and avid sports fan who enjoyed coaching hockey for his sons teams and also for Nichols College; he was a wonderful mentor to his son, his friends and fellow teammates. Paul never missed an opportunity to spend time with his wife or his children; he was their biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and would help out whenever and wherever he could. When Paul became “Papa Jack” to his grandson Erick and “Papa” for his granddaughter Gianna, he began a whole new role; he adored his grandchildren and beamed with pride as he spoke of them. To say that Paul loved his family and friends unconditionally would be an understatement; he was just a great guy.

Paul’s passion for sports also included taking in a game or watching his favorite teams with his buddies or practicing Karate where he earned a Black Belt.

Paul will be remembered as a special person; he gave his time, talents and help to anyone in need. He was kind, caring and had a huge heart. He loved his family, friends and fellow Veterans and he will forever be loved and missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of Virginia (Vivero) Reynolds, devoted father of Gene Reynolds & his wife Yaijara of Haverhill and Venessa Azevedo & her husband Marcio of Woburn. Loving “Papa” of Erick Reynolds and Gianna Proulx, cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna (Stafford) Reynolds, dear brother of Alice Reynolds and Marie Reynolds both of Arlington.

Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middelsex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul was held on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the National League of POW / MIA Families at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTQzNTc.

LeRoy P. Reynolds

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