Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan was a Renaissance man, a teacher for all seasons, who shared his wealth of knowledge with the students of Hull Middle School and Hull High School in Hull, Mass., for 33 years. He enriched their schools and enlightened the minds of his students. Unfortunately, he died on Nov. 19, 2012 from complications of diabetes and heart disease at home in Las Cruces, N.M. where he and his wife lived for the past 13 years. Paul was 72 years of age, and for the last 45 years he shared his life with his wife, Joan, who taught in Scituate. He is survived by her. Paul was born in Quincy, Mass. and attended St. Agatha's Parochial School. He went on to Boston College High School and from there, entered St. John Bosco Seminary and College. He taught at Don Bosco High School before deciding to leave the order and not become a Roman Catholic priest. He studied at Boston State College where he earned a master's degree in Reading, and then went over to Suffolk University where he took a master's degree in Counseling. All this while doing fulltime teaching of Latin and English at Hull High School. During his tenure in Hull, he also taught a number of years at the Hull Middle School. Paul and Joan moved to Las Cruces, N.M. in Jan. 1999 where they had a home and decided to retire to. Paul played trombone in the New Horizons Band and also the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. He played right up until he could not do it any longer. Because Paul was such a dedicated and committed educator, a scholarship fund is being set up in his name at Hull High School. For those wishing to donate to that fund, please make your check out to the "Paul J. Sheehan Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Hull High School, 180 Main St., Hull, MA 02045. Paul loved all his students and stood by them throughout their good times and bad times even when they weren't to be believed or understood. No services are pending, but a "celebration of life" will be held at a later date for his colleagues, friends and relatives.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 4, 2012