Paul Vincent Palange
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SEEKONK - Paul Vincent Palange, age 66, of Seekonk, MA, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 4, 2021. Paul Palange took on many challenges in his life. And he met them all head-on.

This proud Syracuse University graduate began his working career as a reporter for the Woonsocket Call in 1978. Paul rose up through the ranks to become Managing Editor and then General Manager of The Call's sister paper, The Times of Pawtucket. His corporate bosses, the Journal Register Company, sent Paul to Norristown, PA in 1993 as Executive Editor to straighten out the newspaper in that town, and then Paul returned to Pawtucket as Managing Editor. Journal-Register also sent Paul to its Fall River Herald newspaper as Executive Editor. He returned to Pawtucket as Publisher of The Times in 1999 and served in that role until 2004. Palange was called upon one more time in an executive role from 2014-2017 as General Manager of both The Times and The Call, overseeing both the business and newsroom operations.

When the daily newspaper business faltered, Paul started his own monthly newspaper, the Senior Digest, in tandem with his wife Andria, who designed ads and pages. They were a great team. On the side, Paul kept busy, selling radio ads. He was always doing something. His final job came as development manager for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, a job he held until his death on Easter Sunday.

At heart, Paul was a newsman through and through. During his first stint at The Times, Paul displayed his unique talent for getting business done with business executives over lunch and challenging his reporters and editors at night while putting together the next day's product. Paul often put up an intense demeanor as he drove his newsroom to find the best stories in the community and then write those stories in time for deadline. He learned how to design pages on a computer and send them to the press room during an era when computers and new technology streamlined the newspaper operation. Paul kept up with the changing times.

Paul was a hands-on boss who knew the jobs of everyone in the newspaper because he had done them all. And when the paper had gone to press, Paul sometimes found time to go out and have a beer with his fellow workers. He led and he could also just gear down and become part of the team, laughing at work stories and moaning over Red Sox games in a neighborhood bar. Paul probably enjoyed being one of the guys more than being leader. He was a man of many loyalties, and once you earned his trust, Paul had your back forever. Paul earned the respect of community leaders throughout the Blackstone Valley. His dedication to community work first showed itself in Woonsocket during the 1980s when he became a driving force behind the newspaper's Milk Fund campaign. "Paul was very passionate about the Blackstone Valley," said Larry Berman, who worked as Sports Editor and then Managing Editor of The Call during the 1980s.

When he came to Pawtucket, Paul soon became deeply involved in charity promotions with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
"Paul was a credit to the newspaper industry," said Mike Tamburro, President of the PawSox when Palange worked in Pawtucket. "He was an honest, straight-shooting individual who cared deeply about the community and gave back at every opportunity."

Paul fell in love with his wife Andria when they worked together at The Times in the 1990s. He became a role model for Andria's son, Jonathan, who grew up to be a dedicated social worker. And the birth of Olivia sent Paul over the moon. He and Andria could often be seen walking with Olivia in Slater Park or at McCoy Stadium where Olivia became good friends with the PawSox mascot, "Paws." Olivia brought out the caring side of her father, cracking that stern façade he sometimes used at work. Paul was devoted to Olivia, Jonathan and Andria, and he never seemed to have enough time in the day to do all his work and still be with his family.

Paul Palange was born in Somerville, MA on Dec. 6, 1954 to Emil and Jennie Palange. He came from a big family that loved to share time together as they grew older.

Paul is survived by his wife Andria (Siniak) Palange, his daughter Olivia Palange, and his stepson, Jonathan Barry, LISW. He was also the brother of Mark Palange, and his wife Donna, Joanne Hill and her husband Don, the late Lisa Chisolm, and the late Richard Palange.

Due to current health safety precautions, there will be a private family service on Saturday. A public memorial celebration service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Unity Circles (unitycircles.org).

Arrangements entrusted to Rebello Funeral Home.

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Published by Pawtucket Times from Apr. 8 to Apr. 16, 2021.
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I knew Paul in high school though I did not keep up with him after graduation. We rode the bus to Xaverian and were on the school newspaper. What a great life he lived, and the positive influence he had on the people he came in contact with. Happy to read that his love of journalism stayed with him throughout his life. My condolences to his family and friends on their loss.
Andrew Dempsey
Classmate
April 15, 2021
At this difficult time, may you find comfort in knowing that others share in your sorrow. With Deepest Condolences to the family,
Joan Crawley
joan crawley
Friend
April 11, 2021
Though I never met you, Melissa always shared stories of you and your love of family. May those memories and stories give your family love, comfort and smiles through the tears in the difficult days ahead. My condolences to the entire family.
Karen Galasso
Family
April 10, 2021
Paul was a great neighbor and friend. Taken so young, my heart is with Andria, Olivia and Jonathan.
Jacque Deschampd
Friend
April 9, 2021
My heart is heavy with sadness. My sincerest condolences. I did not know Paul personally, but through the words of his family, and posts they have shared, I knew him to be a kind and loving man. May the comfort you receive from friends and family lift you up through this most difficult time.
Joanne Daum
Friend
April 9, 2021
Andria and Family:
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Paul. From the days of his unparalleled advocacy for the Pawtucket Arts Festival thru to his same support for seniors, his commitment to the community was boundless. Paul exhibited an equal commitment to quality journalism, based on facts and accuracy. A true gentleman who will be missed.
Peter & Kristine Kilmartin
Friend
April 9, 2021
My memories of Paul come from a time when his sister Lisa and I were in high school and he was the big brother who was in college. When he was home I would call and ask if Lisa was there- he would answer yes and hang up the phone. I would call back and say I would like to speak with Lisa- he would yell Lisa do you want to speak with Colette and then he would say she doesn't want to talk and hang up. Of course I would call again and then he would give the phone to Lisa.
He always had a story to tell or a joke to share. I always looked forward to seeing him when I would visit over the years during holidays.
I share this story with tears in my eyes because I know his love and presence will be missed by his family- especially Andria. I hope this story will be one of many that brings comfort to your hearts as time goes on. May God Bless you at this sad time and bring strength and peace to your hearts.
Love & prayers,
Colette Lepkowski
Colette Lepkowski
Friend
April 8, 2021