Walter R. Paul
1933 - 2020
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Walter R. Paul
Walter R. Paul, 87 years old of Shelton, CT formally of Weston for 40 years passed away on Dec. 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife Evelyn of 62 years, sons Walter, Erik (Cheryl), Stephen (Sue) grandson Stephen Paul Jr, brothers Albert and Richard (Barbara) and many nieces and nephews in CT, FL, NJ, TN, TX and VA.

He loved classical music and played the clarinet and saxophone in All-City bands in high school, as well as during the service.
He entered the Air Force in 1952 and was a radar technician for early warning radar maintenance in Morocco during the Korean war before returning to Waverly, Iowa upon discharge in 1956. In 1957, he enrolled in the University of Toledo and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation he joined IBM in Owego, NY where he worked at the Space Guidance Center planning the production of computer controls for NASA & USAF. He became Manager of Procurement at IBM World Trade, Americas/Far East Corp. in Tarrytown, NY in 1974. He was responsible for 47 countries and 17 ½ time zones. He traveled far and wide, moving to Westchester County, Boulder, CO, Rochester, MN and eventually Connecticut.

In 1985 IBM gave him the opportunity to watch America win back the America's Cup from Australia with a 3-year assignment to Perth, Australia. It was a dream come true for the entire family. He was the Senior Consultant to the Associated Technology Authority, State Government of Western Australia. In 1991 he returned to Perth for one year working for Intellect Pty., a high-tech electronics firm.

The family belonged to Saugatuck Harbor YC for 45 years. Walt was an excellent sailor, racing in competitions with Cedar Point YC, as well as the Around Long Island Regattas, Block Island Race Week, the Stamford Denmark races and many more. He loved the opportunity to teach others celestial navigation at the Norwalk Power Squadron from 1982-1993.

His dream was to cruise the oceans and so he did with his wife Evelyn for nearly 14 years. The voyage began in 1994 with the 1500 race to St. Thomas, exploring the Caribbean, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1999 to the British Isles; then to Paris and the Mediterranean Yacht Rally, going as far east as Egypt. It was an adventure of a lifetime. Nefertari returned home to Saugatuck Harbor YC in 2007.

Walt was honored to become a member of The Cruising Club of America 1997. He wrote many technical papers for the organization during his offshore sailing years and thereafter.

Walt always had a story to tell, a song to sing, a great smile and warmth to share, as well as lots of advice.

A Celebration of Life will be held in June 2021 to be announced.

Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Wounded Warrior Project

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Published in Westport-News on Jan. 12, 2021.
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February 12, 2021
Dear Evie,
I just learned of Walt’s passing. He was a very close friend for many years.
I well remember when we took Celestial Navigation how he brought back from Japan the very heavy coursebook Bowditch which was out of print. He found copies in Japan and brought one for everyone in the class.
I also remember how he took the class for a luncheon sail after we all passed the exam. You were the hostess and provided a wonderful lunch.
More recently we often exchanged stories and jokes on the internet. As a true friend, he would always let me know when he disagreed or corrected something, I had put into the Dredgings.
I shed a tear and at the same time, I smile remembering how fortunate I am to have had Walt as a friend. His memory is a blessing for all of us.
Stephen Raffel
January 23, 2021
A solid friend, a great conversationalist, a great mentor and one hell of a sailor Thank you Walt for sharing so much.
I had the opportunity to sail with both Walt & Wife Evelyn across the Atlantic & later across the North Sea. Only the three of us we maintained 3 watches. Walt would relieve me at midnight but we would often sit in the cockpit for quite sometime telling stories. Walt could talk. The conversations would bounce from sailing to business to women ,to hard life choices and then some. I’m forever grateful for the impressions Walt made. Good Sailing Capt, RIP.
Mark Mitchell
January 20, 2021
My condolences to the family. I regret I only had the pleasure to meet Erik's dad once, though Erik spoke of him often. Especially his exploits as a talented sailor, and their time in Australia. They say apples don't fall far from the tree - so knowing Erik, his father Walter was clearly a truly great man. God speed Mr. Paul.
Jim Miller
January 16, 2021
I was fortunate to meet Walter and Evelyn through his son Walter Jr. along with the rest of his brothers. They skied with us at Special Olympics for about 5 years, when Steve joined, and continues to this day. I am blessed to have known him and his family.
Karen Kalenauskas
January 15, 2021
So many sweet memories of the Paul’s and Walt. For a time I had a 2nd dad-a gift to have him in my early years...made me work hard. With much for the man and the Family-Martin Hahn
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