Paul Meyer

Paul E. Meyer

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Paul Eugene Meyer, 87, of Westerly passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 1, 2020 after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Joan Redden Meyer.

He was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, to Joseph and Alice Meyer. Paul moved to Westerly as a young child. He attended Immaculate Conception School and Westerly High School (1951) where he served as senior class president. He received his engineering degree from Yale University in 1955 and a masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958. He began a 37-year career at Pratt and Whitney right out of college. He was a Designated Engineering Representative of the Federal Aviation Administration both at Pratt and at his own consulting business, which he ran for many years after his retirement.

Paul and Joan married in 1959 at Holy Name church in Springfield, MA. Together they raised five boys in Vernon, Connecticut, happily spending summers in Westerly. He was active in the Boy Scouts after having attained the rank of Eagle Scout during high school. Paul served as Pack Leader while his sons were Scouts.
At various times in his life, Paul was a dedicated track and field weight-man, an avid boater and fisherman, and a graceful skier; he shared his love of these activities with family and friends for decades.
Paul was an active and willing volunteer in all the endeavors he took up during his retirement. This included being a parishioner and lector at St. Clare Church and taking an advisory role in the reconstruction of the Cabanas on behalf of the Watch Hill Yacht Club Cabana Group. He was perhaps most proud of the work of the Westerly Land Trust, where he served as a Board Member and supported its Coffee & Clearing Club.

In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Thomas and Wendy Meyer of Old Lyme, CT; Kevin and Julie Meyer of Simsbury, CT; Christopher and Katherine Meyer of Tolland, CT; Jim and Leah Meyer of Middletown, CT; and Peter and Ann Meyer of Shrewsbury, MA. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Jay Meyer (and his wife Caitlin), Annie Wadsworth (and her husband Blake), Ted, Jackie, and Ellen Meyer; Katia, Julia, and Laura Meyer; Veronica and Eric Meyer; William, Joseph, and Rebecca Meyer; his great-granddaughter Lydia Joan Wadsworth; and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul also leaves his four siblings: Joan Shea of Pawcatuck (and her husband Charles Shea); Barbara Pierce of Bradford (and her husband Martin Pierce); Peter Meyer of Westerly (and his wife Dorinne Meyer); and Dr. Kathleen Meyer of Westerly and West Springfield, MA.

Paul spent a lifetime enjoying the natural beauty of Westerly and liked nothing more than to share his love of the beach with his children and grandchildren. One of his favorite sayings was “Oogala beach!” which roughly translates to “Let’s hit the beach!”.

The family would like to thank Care at Home, LLC and HopeHealth Hospice for their wonderful care.
A public Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday, October 7 at St. Clare Church, 4 Saint Clare Way, Westerly, RI. The burial is private.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, there are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to The Westerly Land Trust, P.O. Box 601, Westerly, RI 02891 or St. Clare Church. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Clare Church
    Address
    Corner of St. Clare Way & Crandall Avenue-Misquamicut
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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    Location
    *Private
    Address
    Private
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Fred Hetzer

Posted at 08:19am
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Joan. I worked with Paul @ P&WA during the 1970-80's. He was a great engineer and a pleasure to work with.
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Mary Mitchell

Posted at 02:03pm
My deepest sympathy to Paul's wife Joan, to his sons and their families, and to his sisters and brother. May he rest eternally in the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Mary Mitchell
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Martin J. (Joe) Pierce

Posted at 08:34pm
I would like to share my condolences with Aunt Joan, the Meyer boys and their families, and Uncle Paul's brothers and sisters. Uncle Paul was someone who I always looked up to both as an example of how a person should live and conduct themselves and also as an engineer. As a fellow engineer in the jet engine business, I modeled my career after his and have also become an FAA DER. In my conversations with other DER's of his generation, I have found many that had worked with him in some capacity and all remembered him with the utmost respect. I remember that one of Uncle Paul's greatest sources of enjoyment was spending time at the beach in Watch Hill. In my photo archives from one of my trips back to RI, I found a picture of him paddling a kayak towards the beach, which I have attached here. He was particularly proud of the refurbishment of the cabanas that he oversaw. Refurbishment does not actually do justice...more like major overhaul. Others may have better pictures, but I have attached a couple that show the before and after. I also attached a before and after shot from Hurricane Sandy. The sand may have disappeared, but the "Cabanas That Paul Built" were up to the challenge.
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Lynne Ransom

Posted at 04:43pm
Sincere condolences on your loss to the whole family. I have many memories of growing up next to the Meyer family! Like the tree fort your dad built and we all played on. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Steve & Lynne (Manchester ) Ransom
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Joanna Gradilone

Posted at 10:28am
My sincere condolences Joan.
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