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PAUL SPIERS Ph.D. Obituary
SPIERS, PAUL Ph.D. On September 11, 2013 Dr. Paul Spiers passed peacefully in his sleep, now free to soar above the wheels that grounded his brilliant and unencumbered mind. Montreal born in 1953 and raised happily there with his younger sister Blue, Paul studied at McGill University where in 1974 he began his pioneer's journey into the world of neuropsychology. He achieved his Doctorate at Clark University in 1989 and the breadth of his subsequent professional accomplishments, including writing, teaching, expert testimony and beyond, in Boston and throughout the New England area, are too extensive to catalogue. Yet to Paul, his intellectual curiosity, analytical skills and achievements were mere tools for his true passion - making a real and substantive improvement in the lives of individual patients cruelly afflicted with cognitive impairment or disorders. His compassion was unbounded, all to help one worthy person at a time. Paul's avocation manifested the same energy, passion and love in the direction of that magnificent creature - the horse. He became an accomplished rider and a polo enthusiast at his beloved Myopia Club, when, while on a hunt in 1994, an accident rendered him paraplegic. The daily, grinding challenges left Paul by this awful twist of fate cannot be understated, yet he met these with his characteristic grace, dignity and optimism. He rehabilitated in part at Windrush Farm, to whom he had earlier donated his beloved Roland, and his therapy, marked by mutual love and respect for his equine therapists only deepened his bond with those horses he rode including Roland. Returning to Myopia, his regular presence on the megaphone made him a fixture at their events, providing him a cherished second home. A respected leader and advocate of the Death With Dignity movement, Paul's passing has prompted an outpouring of sad, poignant, thankful and optimistic messages from those he loved and those who loved and admired him. While his many academic and professional achievements speak for themselves, it was his generosity of spirit, borne of an absolute faith in people to excel, achieve and improve which defined Paul and compelled him to guide, mentor and support those in need. He will surely be remembered for changing the lives of many. He was loved and will be missed greatly by all, especially his sister Blue (Kris) and nephew Ahren of Vancouver B.C. Memorial to be held September 24th at Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton MA from 5-7PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pauls memory can be sent to Windrush Farm. To contact family, please email bschindl@direct.ca Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home 617-782-1000 Brighton
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 17, 2013
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