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Paul deNapoli

deNapoli, Paul A., of Marblehead, MA, passed away peacefully with his children by his side on February 15, 2014 due to complications from Alzheimer's, at the age of 89. Born in Newton, MA on October 8, 1924, he was the beloved son of Angelo and Rose (Tentindo) deNapoli, the devoted husband of the late Phyllis C. deNapoli and the late Katherine V. deNapoli, and the cherished brother of Ann Regan, the late Gerard DeNapoli, and the late Marietta Monson. Paul leaves behind his son Paul (Frederick) deNapoli, his daughter Dyan deNapoli, and his loving companion Ann Hawthorn-Bouras, along with dozens of nieces and nephews. A veteran of WWII, Paul served in an Army Air Force Combat Cargo unit operating in India and Burma, maintaining aircraft flying over the infamous hump. He graduated from Northeastern in engineering, was soon promoted to chief engineer at Hayden Harding & Buchanan, and later founded Costello Lomasney & deNapoli (CLD) in Manchester, N.H. He served on the NH Traffic Safety Commission Advisory Board, and earned several national Engineering Achievement awards. Outside of work, Paul was an accomplished sailor and licensed captain. He was instrumental in founding Marbleheads Ensign, Soling, and Etchells classes, placed 2nd in the J/30 North American championships, raced to Bermuda and Halifax, worked as a professional instructor for Colgate and J/World sailing schools, coached blind sailors at the Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, taught celestial navigation at local community colleges, and served as commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club. Paul was an equally accomplished skier. His graceful and unique, old-school style made it easy to spot him on the mountain. He worked as a volunteer running races on the Taft Trail at Cannon Mountain in the late 30, and eventually skied most areas in New England (including Tuckermans Ravine). He also skied Colorado, Utah, Canada, Switzerland, and Italy, turning the boards until he was 82. Paul was active for many years at the First Church Congregational in Swampscott and at Old North Church in Marblehead, serving on the building committee for the sanctuary at the former, and on the search committee for the current minister at the latter. He and his late wife Phyllis were great supporters of the churchs music programs, and to many other musical organizations in Boston and the North Shore as well. Paul will be lovingly remembered for his easy smile and frequent giggle, his intelligence and level-headedness, his gentlemanly demeanor, his great appreciation of classical and operatic music, and his affectionate love pats. A memorial service will be conducted at the Old North Church, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA at 1pm on Sunday, March 16th, immediately followed by a reception at the Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front Street, Marblehead, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pauls memory to the Paul A. deNapoli Fund at Northeastern University. Mailing address: 118 Cushing Hall Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston MA, 12115. Attn: Development Information Systems. Arrangements by the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead. For online guestbook please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home
142 Elm Street Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 631-0076

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Feb. 25 to Mar. 4, 2014
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