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 CenterWounded Warrior Project