Paul C. Deane, 92, of Newtonville, Stoughton and East Boston, Massachusetts and lately, Vernon, Vermont, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 5th supported by family.
Paul was born August 20, 1928 in Boston, MA to Charles Roland and Grace Isabella (Page). Born just a year before the stock market crash that started the Great Depression, he grew up in one of the poorest sections of Boston. Educated in the Brighton, MA public schools, he graduated from Boston University in 1950. Early in his life, he embraced the promise of education and self-supported his way through a variety of degree programs, culminating in a Doctorate, awarded by Harvard University, in 1967 (American Civilization). He taught college level English, Public Speaking, and Drama and Humanities, at Boston University, Clark University, Suffolk University and at Bentley University where he was a tenured professor for over three decades - until his retirement in 1994. He was the author of hundreds of articles and critical essays and founded the Bentley University Experimental Theatre in 1966. He also directed and wrote a variety of short neighborhood films, including: The Mad Scientist of Walker Street and The Revenge of the Mad Scientist.
Paul had deep New England roots. A Mayflower descendant, most of his family tree reaches back to England's Great Migration, 1620-1640. He loved to read and had a large collection of movies from the 1940s and 1950s. His knowledge of classical and swing music was encyclopedic, which started during his early employment at Beecher-Hobbs Music in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth and his second wife, Phyllis and by his son, Christopher. He is survived by his son Shaun and his daughter-in-law Patricia (Wilson), of Brattleboro, Vermont, and by his grandchildren Travis (USN - active) of Norfolk, VA and Gretchen, of Williamsville, Vermont. Paul loved animals and supported many animal welfare organizations. After his marriage to Phyllis, they traveled extensively and repeatedly throughout Europe. They spent many summers in the Lake District (Grasmere, England). Paul had a long life and will be greatly missed. He will be interred at Newton Cemetery in Newton, Massachusetts.