US Air Force

Paul J. Cool

December 1, 1928 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 92)

Tribute

In Westfield, Massachusetts, on October 3, 2021 Paul J. Cool was called home to his Maker. Paul was born in Auburn, NY along with his late twin sister Paula (Falsey) on December 1, 1928. He attended Auburn Schools and graduated West High in 1947. He was a paper boy from 1942-46 for the Auburn Citizen and earned honors as best paper boy for two years straight in 1945-46. After graduating from Auburn Business School in 1948, Paul worked at Dunne & McCarthy Shoes, International Harvester and Firth Carpet. In 1950 Paul enlisted in the US Air Force for 4 years. His first assignment after basic training was at Westover A.F.B. in Chicopee, MA where he would meet the love of his life, Jean Brady. Paul and Jean were married on June 30, 1956 and were together until Jean’s passing in 2016. Paul went on to further his career opportunities at Auburn Community College and transferred to Western New England College in Springfield, MA where he graduated with an accounting degree. Paul and Jean’s careers and choices took them from Springfield to Enfield, Ct, to Old Saybrook, Ct, to Portland, CT, to their 53 year residency in Springfield. Paul has been a resident of both Quail Run Estates and The Atrium at Cardinal Drive in Agawam, MA over the last 16 months. Paul was also predeceased by older siblings Betty (Walsh), Peter and Robert; brothers-in-law Jack Walsh and Gerald “Buck” Falsey; nephew Michael Walsh and Jean’s parents Peter and Louise (Locke) Brady. Paul leaves his son Jeffrey and his wife, Bette and grandchildren Ben and Sarah, all of Meridian, ID; and his son James and his wife, Joann, and grandchildren Adam (of Enfield, CT) and Paige of Feeding Hills, MA. Paul also leaves several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews mostly from the greater Auburn New York area. Some of Paul’s greatest memories and achievements where crunching numbers on the original engine ordered by the D.O.D. for the new F-15 fighter jets in 1970 with contracts being awarded to Pratt & Whitney. In addition to the Air Force Assignment at Westover in Chicopee, MA, other assignments included at Lackand AFB in San Antonio, TX, Warren AFB in Wyoming, Goose Bay in Labrador, Canada and Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda, MI. Paul was honorably discharges as Chief Clerk/Staff Sgt. He also loved going back home to Auburn, NY with his wife and children creating memories and enjoying many laughs and coaching little league baseball and basketball for St. Paul’s Athletic Association, including ’72 Small Fry Champs in the J.L. Sullivan League. He was also a 50 year member of the Elks #61 in Springfield; 42 year member on Investigating Committee and several on Irish/St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Big E Program Committee. Paul and Jean joined organ classes at Falcetti Music in Springfield where they made many friends and thoroughly enjoyed being together for 14 years with the group of friends they made. Paul’s family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers and medical staff that have given him the attention he needed over the last sixteen months: Dr. Suzanne Jorey’s Office, Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Noble, Baystate Wound Care, and Visiting Nurses, Mercy Wound Care, Caretenders, the nursing staff and management at The Atrium at Cardinal Drive in Agawam, Dr. May Awkal and Visiting PCP Staff, and Joyce Downie and Mary Warren who assisted Paul during his residency at quail Run in Agawam. Services for Paul will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 with calling hours from 8:30-10:00am and a service beginning at 10:00am at Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation on 985 Main Street in Agawam, followed by a procession to the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam for Military Honors and committal prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham MA 02452. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.forastiere.com.


Services

Visitation
Friday
October 8, 2021

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation
985 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

Funeral Service
Friday
October 8, 2021

10:00 AM
Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation
985 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

Cemetery

Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery
1390 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

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