Our father passed away July 4, 2008, and it was fitting that he did so on
Independence Day for he loved his country and served it well with the allied
forces in World War II. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather,
brother and friend who will be missed tremendously by all of those who loved
He was born on November
28, 1916 in Roxbury, MA,
to the late Badia Homsey Nahass and the late Adolph Nahass. He spent most of
his life in Wellesley, MA
where he excelled as a football player on the high school team. After high
school, Paul wanted to become an Air Force Pilot. The United States Air Force
would not accept him without a college degree, so he went to Canada
to pursue his dream. In 1940, Paul enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force as
a navigator/bombardier. He was eventually promoted to Flying Officer.
In WW II he took part in 37 of the great bombing raids over Germany,
North Africa and the Middle East.
He returned to the states following the death of his brother, Edward. He spent
the remainder of his service time as an instructor at one of the Canadian air
schools. This is where he met his future wife, Mae, on a blind date.
Mae and Paul dated for 4 months and were married on September 3, 1943. They have been
married for 64 years. He is survived by his wife, five children and 10
grandchildren: son Edward and wife Kathi of New Boston, NH, son James and Sue
Teeple of Amherst, NH, son Paul and Kathi of Norwood, MA, daughter Patricia
Gleason and William Van Dyke of Lynchburg, son Peter and wife Pam of Millis,
MA, grandchildren; Michael and wife Lara, Zachary, Andy, Peter, Brad, Ben,
Jessica, Eddie, Alexandra and Scott. He is also survived by two sisters, Mariam
Hamwey of Wellesley and Diana
Tapley of College Station, TX.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Edward and Robert.
A memorial service will be held in Wellesley at a future
date. In lieu of flowers we would be honored with donations to the Osteogenesis
Imperfecta Foundation, P.O. Box 630342, Baltimore,
or United Cerebral Palsey, 1660 L Street, NW, Suite
700, Washington, DC 20036
Spread your wings and fly dear father.