Paul A. Desmond
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AGE: 64 • Silverton
Paul A. Desmond, 64, of Silverton, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He grew up in Long Branch and graduated from Red Bank Catholic HS in 1967, where he ran track. He attended St. Bernard's College in Cullman, AL his freshman year, then transferred to Monmouth College the following year, graduating in 1971 with a degree in Elementary Ed. Paul began substituting in several school districts in Monmouth County. April 1, 1972; Paul was hired to teach 6th grade at Woodmere Elementary School in Eatontown. He completed his Master's Degree in Administration in 1979 and was appointed acting Principal of Meadowbrook School that same year, followed by his official hire in 1981. Meadowbrook School was his second home for 35+ years. He took pride and joy in leading the students and staff and truly loved his position as Principal. In his tenure, he served as Emergency Management Coordinator for the entire district and was instrumental in the development of their first Emergency Management Plan. He retired in 2007 and was honored to have had an outdoor courtyard in the school dedicated to him as a Reading Garden in December of 2011.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen Desmond; their daughter, Madison Desmond; his two sons, Patrick Desmond & his wife, Kelli of Belford, and Christopher P. Desmond & his wife Meridith of Allendale. He was a loving husband, dedicated father, respected Principal, trusted friend and mentor. His life consisted mainly of family, school, fishing, crabbing, joking and baking with his beloved daughter, Madison.
Visitation will be from2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A mass will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at St. Luke's R.C. Church, Old Freehold Road, Toms River. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Scholarship America, or the Cancer
. Condolences may be made by visiting www.andersonandcampbell.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 18, 2013