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BOOTHBAY HARBOR -- Mr. Paul Bernard Geddry Sr., of Boothbay Harbor, passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, with his beloved wife Cynthia by his side.
Born on April 2, 1943, in Boston, Mass., Mr. Geddry was the son of the late Bernard and Mildred Sheehan Geddry. Paul graduated from Boston Latin High School, Franklin Institute and Northeastern University, class of 1977. An active supporter of the Engineering Program at Northeastern, he has established and funded a scholarship for engineering students at the school.
He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army. He was attached to the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) Artillery Battalion, ultimately serving two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968 obtaining the rank of sergeant at his discharge.
Paul was employed by New England Telephone as an engineer and retired from Verizon in 2002 after 32 years of service.
Active in many organizations, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ashland, Mass., Post # 2331, serving as past commander of that post, Elks Post #1124 of Norwood, Mass., life member of the Society of the First Infantry Division, 2/33rd FA, Boothbay Region American Legion Post #36, and life member of Vietnam Veterans of America. Paul was a passionate supporter of the building and the maintaining of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (The Wall). His greatest honor was reading the names of his fallen comrades, including that of his dear friend, Ernest E. Simons, during the 25th anniversary of the rededication of The Wall.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Cynthia; Paul's children, Paul B. Geddry Jr. and his wife Lee Ann of North Attleboro, Mass., daughter, Nicole Leigh Geddry of Norwood, Mass.; his first wife, Joan Geddry of Norwood, Mass.; his brother, Bernard Geddry of Arizona; Paul's grandchildren, Samantha Geddry and Nina Tinsley of North Attleboro, Mass.; and his sisters- in-law, Niki Saltzer and Elaine Athans both of Naples, Fla.
Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at the Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home, 975 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Boothbay Harbor. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Boothbay. Condolences to the family may be made to Paul's memorial page at: www.hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Simmons Harrington and Hall Funeral Home, 975 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay.
Should friends desire, memorial
contributions may be made
in Paul's memory to:
The Vietnam Veterans
2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 104
Washington, D.C. 20037
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 6, 2010