Portsmouth, NH – Paul Gene Landry, 71, of Portsmouth, NH, passed away peacefully at Cedar Healthcare in Portsmouth on May 13, 2023.
Paul was born in Lynn, MA, on May 2, 1952, the son of Edgar and Gladys (Rooney) Landry. He grew up in Lynn and was a 1969 graduate of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School. He also held an associates degree in Arboriculture from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst.
Paul was a licensed contractor and did business as Sound Construction. He was an excellent carpenter and never left a job until his customers were fully satisfied.
Some of Paul’s fondest memories were making his Cursillo at St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center in Methuen, MA, in Dec. 2001 and becoming a fixture in their kitchen afterwards, volunteering to cook for every Cursillo weekend. Another highlight was going to Rome That same year to see Pope John Paul II.
Paul loved golf and deep sea fishing and spent many weekends off George’s Banks with Jimmy Walsh and all his fishing buddies. He also loved canoeing and camping in Maine and NH.
He told many stories to anyone who would listen about hitch-hiking to the Woodstock concert in 1969 as a teen.
Paul was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Buddy and Jimmy Landry.
He leaves behind his former wife, Fran ‘Sis’ Landry of Salem, NH, who still cared deeply for him, his beloved sister Dorothy Ross, nephew Darren Ross and niece Darlene Smith, all of Lynnfield, MA. Also dearest life-long friends John ‘Ziggy’ and Carolyn Safranski; Ken Klimowicz; Andrea Kelly; Steve and Barbara Renda; Bob and Diana Dipaolo; and Iqbal and Ron Kurker.
A special heartfelt thank you to all those at Cedar Healthcare and Beacon Hospice of Portsmouth, NH, who did a phenomenal job of taking care of Paul, especially during his final days.
Paul’s cremation was handled by Direct Cremation of the Seacoast, Hampton, NH.
There are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a funeral Mass officiated by The Rev. Marc Gagne to be held Tuesday, May 23, at 11am. at St. Anne Parish, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, NH. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Paul’s name to St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center, 30 East St., Methuen, MA 01844.
Richard C. Wright says
Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, we were classmates for our high school years and have drifted apart although we worked in many of the same areas .
My wife Pat and I send along our thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.
Fran Landry says
Thank you, Richard. I contacted the friends of Pauls that I knew, including Ziggy, who you probably knew as well. Zig came to Paul’s funeral Mass, driving over two hours to get there. It was so nice of him and his family. Thank you for sharing your condolences.