Paul S. Verrell, Sr.
December 10, 1946 - January 23, 2020
Service Date: January 31, 2020
A service celebrating Paul's life will be held at Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street in Alfred, Friday, January 31st at 10:00 a.m.
Paul S. Verrell, Sr., 73, a longtime resident of Waterboro, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 23, 2020, with his family by his side.
Paul was born in Lynn Massachusetts on December 10, 1946, the son of Frederick H. and Dorothy M. (Buskett) Verrell Jr.
He grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts a graduate of Lynn Trade High School in 1963. Paul learning valuable skills in electrical wiring and worked in the electrical field as well as security positions from 1963 to 1965.
In 1964, Paul decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy, in May the following year Paul completed his electrician’s mate class training and was advanced to the rank of fireman where he was awarded the national defense service medal for service during the Vietnam era. Paul was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1967 at the rank of E5. During his time in the Navy Paul attended Electrician’s Mate School, Great Lakes Illinois training center.
Paul always took advantage of every opportunity to further his interests and training in public safety and the service of others.
During the years of 1972 and 1985 Paul completed many training courses, including radiological monitoring through the Civil Defense of Massachusetts; Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance through the Lynn Hospital; E.M.S. communications at Washington County Maine; Maine Criminal-Justice Academy, Reserve Police Officer Certification; PR-24 Police Baton Training with Sanford Police Department along with attending a seminar offered through the Portland Maine Police Department regarding the laws of search and seizure.
Paul had an extensive work career in the field of public safety, including the Lynn, Mass. Fire Department; Princeton, Maine Police Department; Kennebunkport, Maine Police Department; Wells, Maine Police Department from which he retired from in June 1990.
Even after retirement, Paul continued to volunteer and work as a civil servant, volunteering as a firefighter for the Town of Waterboro and as the Waterboro’s Constable/Animal Control Officer.
Paul’s ability to run into burning buildings without much regard for himself showed how much he cared for others; this quality was also carried over to his family.
A simple phrase or three short words that carry the greatest example of fatherhood could be “Best Dad Ever.” Paul was very protective of his children but was always present to lend a helping hand when they needed him, his love for his grandchildren could be seen on his face each time they visited with him. “Grampy” was soft, loving, and gentle; it was not uncommon to see this gentle giant sitting on the couch teasing and laughing with his grandchildren asking for hugs and kisses.
Paul loved to collect John Wayne and firefighter memorabilia; many special-edition John Wayne and firefighter trains are carefully displayed throughout his home.
He also believed in being prepared and was very well organized so in the event of a power outage; he made sure everyone in the house had a flashlight on hand just to be on the safe side.
Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing in Northern Maine, and he would often reflect on spending time with his father and friends during these trips.
Paul’s son Paul Jr. shared in their first Moose hunt in 1987, and his father was successful in “bagging a moose.”
Both Paul and Paul Jr. went out hunting last year, and although they did not see any deer Paul Jr. recalls that his dad did get in a “great nap.”
Paul loved to cook; he was super organized and always went by the recipe if Kraft Macaroni and Cheese asked for two tablespoons of milk, he added exactly two tablespoons of milk. He loved making his lasagna and meatballs; when Paul Jr. married his wife, Paul baked six pans of lasagna for the wedding. He also cooked for his fireman family at the Lynn Fire Department on many occasions.
Paul was certainly the patriarch of his family; his loss will weigh heavily on all the hearts that loved and had the pleasure of calling him a friend.
Paul is survived by one son Paul S Verrell Jr. and wife Melissa of Waterboro; one daughter Bethany L. Paul and husband Justin of Waterboro; two sisters; Carol Helinsky of Florida; Gail Ladd and husband Jim of New Hampshire; one brother Mike Verrell and wife Debbie of Massachusetts; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Paul is predeceased by one brother Steve Verrell, who passed away in 2008 and one brother in law Robert Helinsky.
Paul’s service with full military honors will be held on January 31st at 10:00 a.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred with Deacon Paul Lissandrello officiating; friends and family are invited to share stories immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers and keeping with Paul’s passion for public service, please consider making a donation to your local fire department, his fire-fighting brothers do much for their communities but ask for little in return.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling the arrangements.