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LeRoy P. “Paul” Reynolds

November 14th, 2020

LeRoy P. Reynolds, “Paul”, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.), United States Air Force, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020, at the Winchester Hospital.

Paul was born on November 26, 1946, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna Reynolds. Paul was raised in Arlington and Chelsea; he graduated from Chelsea High School.

Paul was drafted into the United States Air Force and began active duty on September 20, 1966. This was a start of a long and rewarding career in the Military. Paul served all over the world where he visited many places and met new people; his endearing and selfless personality led him to involve himself in lots of humanitarian work all over the world. Paul married “his sweetheart” Virginia on June 16, 1974 and together they traveled to different duty stations; Virginia was always so supportive and proud of her husband. As Paul was transferred from various duty stations he managed to continue his education and earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in teaching from Southern Illinois University. Throughout the years, Paul worked through the ranks and was honorably discharged from active duty in June of 1990 as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Paul and his family moved back to Massachusetts and bought their family home in Wilmington in 1991 where they would raise two wonderful children; Gene and Venessa. Paul continued to work with the Government as a Veterans Agent with the Department of Employment for the next 24 years before his retirement. Paul had a passion for helping “his Veterans”; he cared deeply for and went above and beyond to help everyone but especially the homeless Veterans in Boston. They always held a special place in his heart.

As a family man, Paul, was second to none; he was very involved with his children’s sports, school events or anything else they were doing in their lives. He was and avid sports fan who enjoyed coaching hockey for his sons teams and also for Nichols College; he was a wonderful mentor to his son, his friends and fellow teammates. Paul never missed an opportunity to spend time with his wife or his children; he was their biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and would help out whenever and wherever he could. When Paul became “Papa Jack” to his grandson Erick and “Papa” for his granddaughter Gianna, he began a whole new role; he adored his grandchildren and beamed with pride as he spoke of them. To say that Paul loved his family and friends unconditionally would be an understatement; he was just a great guy.

Paul’s passion for sports also included taking in a game or watching his favorite teams with his buddies or practicing Karate where he earned a Black Belt.

Paul will be remembered as a special person; he gave his time, talents and help to anyone in need. He was kind, caring and had a huge heart. He loved his family, friends and fellow Veterans and he will forever be loved and missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of Virginia (Vivero) Reynolds, devoted father of Gene Reynolds & his wife Yaijara of Haverhill and Venessa Azevedo & her husband Marcio of Woburn. Loving “Papa” of Erick Reynolds and Gianna Proulx, cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna (Stafford) Reynolds, dear brother of Alice Reynolds and Marie Reynolds both of Arlington.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middelsex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the National League of POW / MIA Families at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTQzNTc.

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17 Entries in Guest Book for “LeRoy P. “Paul” Reynolds”

  1. William E Stafford says:

    Gina, Gene & Venessa

    I am so sorry when i heard about Leroy having passed not good this time of year and a terrible year for everyone. Skippy Will be missed deeply.

    William E Stafford

  2. Janice Murray says:

    Vanessa and family. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a sweet, gentle soul, and it was my pleasure to have known him. May all your memories comfort you at this difficult time.

  3. Bill Leamy says:

    Condolences to the family – Paul’s efforts in the Veterans’ community are known throughout the Commonwealth – he will be missed.

  4. Pat Grieci says:

    Gene- May the happy memories of your father help bring you some comfort in this difficult time. My deepest condolences to you and your Family.

  5. Kathy Andre says:

    Venessa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ????????

  6. Mike Kelley says:

    Paul Reynolds was always a great contributor to the Veteran Employment numbers when I served at different Career Centers, in the same capacity.
    His dedication and passion for assisting his fellow brother and sister Veterans
    was well known.

    I send my condolences to his family, I know he will be sorely missed.

    Very Respectfully,
    Mike Kelley RMCS, USN Ret.

  7. Christopher Brennan says:

    Dear family,
    I had the privilege of working with Paul at The Career Place center in Woburn for a good number of years. He was very devoted to the needs of Veterans seeking employment and training. He went above and beyond to meet their needs.
    Paul was so proud of his whole family, including his children and grandchildren.
    He had many good stories about his hockey playing days.
    I was very pleased to know and work with such a good man.
    Chris Brennan

  8. Steve Mitchell says:

    Paul was a highly respected member of the Veterans Community and set a role model for those that worked with him and those that will follow.

  9. Linda Pedersen says:

    I had the honor of working with Paul at The Career Place. I will always remember Paul’s devotion to helping veterans and their families, and how he spoke of his love for his family.

  10. John Hogan says:

    I am sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. Paul expertly and diligently assisted his fellow veterans and was known as someone, who could be counted on to go the extra mile for anyone who was facing a serious situation.

  11. barb parmet says:

    I worked with Paul at The Career Place. He spoke fondly of his wife and children and was very proud of his work with Veterans.
    We sadly lost another member of The Career Place family.
    My sympathy to his loved ones.

  12. Marcey C. says:

    I became acquainted with The Reynolds family in a special way and learned very fast that they had a strong bond . There was nothing that Paul would not do as a father for his children and as a spouse for his wife. Paul was a proud man , a strong man , an intelligent man but despite this he had no problem humbling himself to ask for help if it was for the betterment of his family. Paul was so proud of his children and would do whatever it took even go outside his comfort zone to prove his love and devotion . I’m privileged to have met him. Thank you for your service to our country and devotion to your community and your family . Rest easy .

  13. lawrence clark says:

    Paul was truly a great Veteran Advocate. We did many Veterans programs together Veteran Stand Downs will always be remembered. You will be missed
    greatly. RIP my brother PCMDAV, PCMDAL,PCMRVFW

  14. Jim Glenning says:

    Gene and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I thank your father for his service to our country and will keep him and your family in my prayers.
    Jim Glenning

  15. Katy Gentile says:

    Paul was my buddy at the Career Place, made me laugh all of the time, he and I tried out talking each other!! We got to meet Vanessa when she came in to the office. This is super sad news. Paul was the best at his job serving veterans. So so sorry for your loss!

  16. John A. Webster says:

    To the family of Paul I am so sorry for your loss he always worked hard for every veteran. RIP.my fellow vet.

  17. Jennifer L. Hinde says:

    Paul was a great man and loved by many. We never doubted his work ethic or the way he loved his family. I think of the many stories he shared with all of us at The Career Place. He worked with my husband and shared his beautiful and talented Daughter Venessa, who was very talented. He was kind to all and loved his family. He will be missed by many.

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