Calling hours will be held on Saturday, June 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Brandon Funeral Home in Fitchburg, MA. A private burial ceremony will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Clear Path for Veterans New England, clearpathne.org
Paul E. Walker, 72, of New Ipswich, NH, passed away at Monadnock Community Hospital on the morning of May 29, 2018.
Paul was born in Boston, MA, to Charles and Mary (Malone) Walker. He grew up in Charlestown, and after graduating high school enlisted in the US Army. He served in the 3rd Battalion, 325th Brigade of the 82nd Airborne. During his enlistment, he was deployed to the Dominican Republic during Operation Powerpack, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Following his enlistment, he enrolled at Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and later earned a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College.
Paul worked as a Social Worker for emergency services in central Massachusetts for over 35 years, retiring from Community Healthlink. He was a supporter of veterans, especially those returning from deployment, as well as a passionate advocate for people struggling with mental illness.
Paul was an active member of the James M. Gavin Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association.
Paul is survived by his wife of 30 years Gretchen (Hall) Walker, his son and daughter-in-law Sean and Sarah Walker, his daughter Laura McAleavey, and his two grandchildren Aedan and Raegan McAleavey.