Thomas Francis Meagher Award
Paul was born in Southie but was raised in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury, MA. He attended St. Joseph’s grammar school, Roxbury, MA and Cathedral High School, Boston, MA.
Paul honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969-1973, as a Radar Technician, aboard the infamous EC-121 Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWAC) planes. AWAC planes Paul was assigned to flew missions in support of the Vietnam War out of Korea and Thailand.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Paul attended and graduated in 1978 from Northeastern University, Boston, MA earning a degree in “Electrical Engineering Technology”. From 1980-1985 he worked as a Technician at Honeywell Electric Optics Division, Lexington, MA. For the next 27 years, he worked as a Technician in the Research and Development (R&D) division of Flir Systems, Billerica, MA where he helped design and produce thermal imaging cameras, components and imaging sensors, many of which are still in military use today.
Paul moved to Cape Cod in 2010 seeking retirement but that was elusive. He became very involved in supporting the various Cape Code Veteran groups, which include the VFW Post 10274, Dennis, MA and the Cape Cod Veterans Inc. He holds the title of Vice Commander, for VFW Post 10274, Dennis, MA and is President of the Cape Cod Veterans Inc.
Paul and numerous others from the Veterans organizations assist Cape Cod veterans and their families in times of need. Additionally, the Veteran organizations provide support to various food pantries, the Sons of Erin scholarship funds and many other charitable organizations. Paul and the Cape Cod veterans also provide assistance to non-veteran individuals and their families who are in need of assistance. Paul’s mission statement is to take care of others whenever and however he can. In a changing world he would like to project peace and positive energy to all whom he has contact with.