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John P. Fenlon, “Paul”, age 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Fort Myers, FL and Addison, IL, passed away on September 19, 2023.
Paul was born on July 10, 1939, in Lowell, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John J. and Beatrice (Gillespie) Fenlon. Paul was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. Some of Paul’s fondest memories included his childhood years of growing up around Silver Lake with his four sisters and his friends. He often retold stories of his youth with a smile or a laugh.
Following graduation, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 19, 1960. He proudly served his country for two years before being honorably discharged on September 6, 1962. Paul returned home to his family and enrolled in Bentley College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Paul started his accounting career with the U.S. government. He worked for the government for several years which led to him taking a position with David M. Griffith & Associates as a founding partner at the firm. Paul had a wonderful career and after many years of working, he retired in 1992, eventually moving to Florida to focus on his golf game.
Paul married his first wife Virginia and the couple lived in Massachusetts and Maryland before settling in Naperville, Illinois in 1973, where they raised their three children, Shaun, Kerry, and Alison. The family enjoyed many special memories together including neighborhood parties and trips, ski trips at their condo in Colorado and watching the Bears at Soldiers Field. Paul and his family took trips “home” to New England every year; in the summer his first stop was to get New England fried clams. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends especially his nephew, Kevin Giroux, who lovingly referred to each other as “Bob Barker” and “banana nose.”
Paul married Barbara (Gren) Fenlon, and they settled in Florida. Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed taking his grandchildren on a pontoon boat to relax and fish. Paul enjoyed watching and playing golf; he was proud of the fact that he made two “hole-in-one” shots throughout his golfing career. He enjoyed visits with his children and grandchildren in Florida and loved to take them to the golf course. He cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren, often swimming with them in the pool and “being silly”. He was a proud grandfather.
Paul spent his final three years at Blaire House in Tewksbury in their memory care unit. During his time at Blaire House, his sense of humor and easy-going personality made him a favorite of the staff. His family is appreciative of the care that he received at Blaire House.
Paul will be remembered for his great sense of humor; he was a gentle man with a wonderful smile. He was known for being silly and enjoying life to the fullest, especially with his former neighbors in Naperville. Growing up with four sisters really made him a “quiet guy” since he couldn’t get a word in, but he loved to joke around when he had the opportunity. Paul will always be remembered as his Mum’s pride and joy as she referred to him as “my Paul”. His humor withstood Alzheimer’s Disease even in his final days. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Paul was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Gren) Fenlon, devoted father of Shaun Fenlon of Pittsburg, PA, Kerry Fenlon of Littleton, and Alison Cagle & her husband Blaine of Largo, FL, loving “Grandpa” of Anna Juriga & her husband 2nd Lt. Luke Juriga, Patrick Fenlon, Carolyn Fenlon, Antonio Ramos, Tyler Fenlon-Abousy, and Alivia Cagle, cherished son of John and Beatrice (Gillespie) Fenlon, dear brother of Donna Mutchler & her husband Bruce, Geri Gotaas & her late husband Arnie, the late Bea Boring & her husband Ed, and the late Jeanne Giroux and her late husband Howard “Tad”. Paul was the adoring uncle of the late Kevin Giroux, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 -12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.