OBITUARY: Paul N. Carpenter, 90

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Paul N. Carpenter, age 90, a life-long Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2022, following a brief illness.

Paul was born in the family home on Beacon Street in Wilmington, MA, on April 8, 1931; he was the 7th son to the late Frank and Madeline Carpenter and one of 10 siblings. Paul was educated in Wilmington and enjoyed playing football throughout his younger years. Paul played for the Wilmington Wildcats High School team where he was Captain in his senior year; the team went on to have an undefeated season and beat the Tewksbury Redmen in the annual rivaled Thanksgiving game in the 1948 season. Paul graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1949 where he made many life-long friends.

Following High School, Paul, enlisted in the United States Navy where he served the country during peacetime. On March 18, 1952, the Navy re-called Paul to active duty during the Korean War; he served overseas for most of his tour and following his return stateside he was honorably discharged on November 16, 1953 and returned home to his family.

Paul married his “high school sweetheart” Barbara Moore on March 14, 1952; the couple raised four wonderful children, enjoyed being grandparents, and were just shy of their 70 th wedding anniversary this coming March. Paul and Barbara spent many memorable times together with family and friends throughout the years. In his later years, Paul along with his wife Barbara enjoyed going to Lake Placid to watch their grandson Matt play hockey, or travel around to watch their granddaughters Ashlie and Taylor play hockey or softball.

Paul was a hard worker throughout his life; for many years he was a Carpenter for the Carpenter’s Union Local #339 in Woburn. Paul’s unique talents and great work ethic served him well through the years; he was meticulous when it came to finish carpentry. When Paul left the Union he went to work as a finish carpenter for MIT Lincoln Laboratories until his retirement in 1996.

Paul was an avid reader and had a thirst for knowledge; his favorite books consisted of various battles, wars and history. Paul also enjoyed watching the History channel every chance he got. In his spare time he enjoyed doing his own carpentry projects for family and friends; he was always willing to help anyone out. He also looked forward to football season and could be found glued to the television to watch the New England Patriots or any other NFL or college football game.

Paul will be fondly remembered as a good guy; he had a quiet nature and a warm personality. Paul was very friendly towards everyone he met and he was very devoted to his family and friends who will forever miss him.

Paul was the beloved husband of Barbara J. (Moore) Carpenter, devoted father of the late Donna David, Judi Carpenter of Methuen, Paul Carpenter, Jr. of Laconia, NH and Susan Jones and her husband Chris of Billerica. Loving Grandfather of Kellie David, Matthew David, Ashlie Jones, Taylor Jones and Great-Granddaughter Ella Donna David. Dear son of the late Frank and Madeline (White) Carpenter, brother of the late Edna Bridges, Frank Carpenter, Charles Carpenter, Robert Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Edward Carpenter, Joseph Carpenter, Chester Carpenter and Walter Carpenter. Paul is further survived by his sister-in-law Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, February 17th for Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Nu Path Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Paul N. Carpenter

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