Paul J. Mitchell
Gallant Funeral Home, Inc.
10 Elm St.
Waterville, ME
Paul J. Mitchell
1926 - 2018
WATERVILLE - Paul J. Mitchell, of Waterville, died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 92 years old. Mr. Mitchell was born in Westfeld, Mass. on Jan. 20, 1926, the first child of George and Mintaha "Mary" Mitchell. The family moved back to Waterville when he was four years old.
Mr. Mitchell graduated from Waterville High School in 1944. While at Waterville High, he was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball, lettering in all three sports for three years. In 1944, Paul was a member of the legendary Waterville High basketball team that went undefeated and won the New England Schoolboy Basketball Championship.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to Bates College and the University of Iowa as a cadet in the Navy's V-12 Flight Training Program. After a two year tour and the end of the war, he received an honorable discharge and completed his college education at his beloved University of Maine, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. He subsequently enrolled in graduate school at Columbia University and earned his Masters of Arts degree in 1950.
Paul married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Yvette Pooler, on August 20, 1949. They raised their four children and together they shared 68 years of wedded bliss.
Paul began his career with Liberty Mutual Insurance in New York City and then Boston. In 1959, he and Yvette returned to Waterville and he continued his insurance career by purchasing the J.B. Friel Insurance Co. Over a number of years and further acquisitions, Paul created the insurance agency now known as GHM Agency, which he successfully operated until his retirement several years ago.
Paul loved the City of Waterville and served it faithfully over the years. He was the Executive Director of the Waterville Urban Renewal Authority from 1966 to 1978, and served in Waterville city government from 1962 to 1966 as an alderman. He also served for over 25 years on the Waterville Planning Board and the board of the Waterville Sewerage District.
In 2004, at the age of 78, Paul was appointed to the University of Maine Board of Trustees by Governor John Baldacci, serving his beloved University until 2014. In 2006, Paul was recognized by the Maine House of Representatives for a lifetime of achievement including serving as the President of the Maine Insurance Agents Association. In 2006, he was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Waterville and in 2017 a dugout was named for him at the Purcell Wrigley Field in Waterville in honor of his lifetime love of baseball.
Paul was first and foremost a family man. Nothing brought him more happiness than spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially at their sporting events or at his home away from home, his summer camp on Great Pond, which served as the family gathering spot and scene of happy memories for many years.
He loved his sports teams, and spent hours watching games, pacing the room, and analyzing the decisions of the players and managers, particularly those of the Red Sox. It was with great joy that he attended Game 1 of the 2004 World Series and saw his Red Sox defeat St. Louis.
Paul was also an avid reader and history buff. He was so proud of the library he built at his Eustis Parkway home. He was particularly interested in the Civil War and World War II, had an extensive collection of books on the politics, battles and leaders during those periods, and loved discussing them with his family and friends.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Yvette C., married for 68 years on August 20; his four children: Paul J. Mitchell Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Marblehead, Mass., Linda Mitchell Price and her husband Stuart Price of Tulsa, Okla., Jeffrey D. Mitchell and his wife Lisa of Winslow, and William E. Mitchell and his wife Vicki, of Waterville. He is dearly remembered by his 12 grandchildren: Colin, Nara, Stephanie, Stu, Bethany, Catherine, Jacqueline, Jessica, Taylor, Michael, Nicole and Sean, who affectionately call him Pappy; and his six great-grandchildren: Emlyn, Quinn, Mitchell, Charlotte, Vivian and Clara.
He also leaves his brother John Mitchell of Waterville, his brother George Mitchell and sister-in-law Heather of New York City, his sister Barbara Atkins of Waterville, and his sister-in-law Janet Mitchell of Waterville. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Mitchell.
The family would also like to thank Lakewood Nursing Home and its staff for their care of Paul over the last five months, and Debbie Bryand, our dear friend, for her love and support of Paul and Yvette. May God Bless them all.
Visiting hours celebrating Paul's life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church on Front Street in Waterville. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb.16, also at St. Joseph. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Paul's life. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville, Maine. An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at

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St. Joseph Maronite Church
3 Appleton St.
Waterville, ME 04901

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February 23, 2018
My sympathy to the family of someone who was always ready to share his time and stories. Our memories start at South Grammar School days and continue through WHS and all the points of contact in years after that. Glad there was that last brief visit in the office in the fall of 2016.
February 22, 2018
Our sincerest sympathy to the entire Mitchell family. Paul had a very full life of participating and serving in so many ways. We especially enjoyed our times together with the family in Key Biscayne. Paul would entertain us with his vivid imagination and humor, at any opportunity, to the delight of all. We will always remember him with a special fondness. Peace be with you.
Seth and Betty Bradstreet
February 19, 2018
My sincere condolence to all the Mitchells. Paul was a hard act to follow. He and I use to joke about my being half Lebanese and looking Irish and he being half Irish, but looking Lebanese. All of Waterville has lost one of their finest.
Terry McCabe distant cousin and former former Community Director.
Terrence Mccabe
February 18, 2018
Bill and Family. I remember your dad well. He was a wonderful person who always said hello to me when I walked into The GHM Insurance Agency. God Bless!
Leonard Cobb
February 17, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to the Mitchell family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Janie & Eli Sleiman
February 17, 2018
Bill and Jeff,

I was very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was truly an icon in the industry. I had the pleasure of going to Washington to meet his Brother on behalf of the Association.

You both should be so proud of the legacy and compassion he had for the State of Maine and the city of Waterville.

Take Care and know that Nancy and are thinking and praying for both you and your Mom.

John and Nancy Finnegan
John Finnegan
February 17, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Mitchell family.
Paul was a very nice man.
Jackie Rioux
February 17, 2018
We shared some laughs at Park Residences and discussed local issues as well-interestingly, we agreed on lots about our city. Would see him at Lakewood visiting his lovely wife. Time is moving on, love to all the family.
Norton Webber
February 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Mitchell family...he truly was a great man..
Sherry Furbush
February 15, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of another member of the Waterville, Maine Lebanese community. Paul channeled the path for community development in the 1960s, and built Waterville, Maine's economic growth throughout the years, and passed the torch of business and commerce development on to William. To the entire Mitchell family in New England, our thoughts and prayers are with you all now, and the days to follow.

Brice and Barbie Harris
Brice and Barb Harris
February 15, 2018
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Mitchell earlier this week. I send my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Mitchell, Bill, Jeff, Linda, Paul, and the entire extended Mitchell family at this difficult time.
Chuck Saliba
February 15, 2018
Jeff-I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was so welcoming when I started in the insurance industry and always held a special place in my heart. Thinking of you and your family.
Stephanie Brown
February 15, 2018
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I will remember him as a professional, kind, considerate gentleman. Best to you, Lisa and your family.
Paul Federico
Paul Federico
February 14, 2018
Tina Stubbs
February 14, 2018
So sorry to read about PaUL passing, Purnell Wrigley Field has great baseball history and PaUL is a great part of it, very honored to have known him. RIP
Fran Purnell
February 14, 2018
a gentleman from a wonderful family. I was fortunate enough to have known most of them. they were very community oriented. Particularly I am glad to have volunteered with Jeff and Lisa on Winslow's July 4th celebration. May Paul be remembered fondly. He certainly deserves it.
Paul Manson
February 14, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
The Purnell family
February 14, 2018
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