Paul P. Fuhs Jr.
January 19, 2019
Rockport - Paul P. Fuhs Jr., of Rockport, husband
of Mary A. (Curcuru) Fuhs, passed away peacefully with his family by his
side on Friday evening, January 19, 2019, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
He was born in Gloucester on February 17, 1933, son of the late Paul P. Fuhs
Sr. and Pauline (Marchant) Medland. He grew up in Lanesville, living with
his grandparents, Mary and Herman Marchant, and his aunt, Eleanor Marchant,
while his mother worked in Boston. As a boy, Plum Cove, Dogtown, and the
quarries provided endless adventures for him. He loved to sit by grandfather
Herm’s lobster/fish shack at Lanes Cove listening to stories of Gloucester
and the Maritimes.
At 14 he moved to Malden, where he attended Malden Technical. Working on
engines and restoring antique cars became a lifelong passion. He attended
Wentworth Institute and worked at John Hancock in Boston before serving in
the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea and then as an MP in Japan
in the 50’s. After his duty he became an apprentice union carpenter. He
later moved to Bay View and worked for several local contractors building
homes in Gloucester. In the early 60’s he became a self-employed building
contractor. Several times he was involved in commercial construction
projects, but building and remodeling private homes offered him control over
quality and craftsmanship. He was proud to have taught and mentored the
numerous young men he employed over 60 years. Paul was contractor and
builder of over 30 private homes throughout Cape Ann.
After living in Boxford for six years, Paul and his family moved to
Rockport. Paul served as Rockport Town Assessor for over 35 years. He was
active in the Rockport Rotary Club. In earlier years was President of the
Gloucester Kiwanis Club.
A boat-lover, Paul was a member of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club for many years.
He first learned to love boats rowing his grandfather’s heavy wooden dory
out of Lane’s Cove. He boated every summer he lived in Gloucester and
Rockport, often going on trips around New England. He will be greatly missed
by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary; daughters, Susan Barraclough
and her husband Scott and their son, Elliott, of Gloucester, Sandra Fuhs, of
Atkinson, NH; sons, Richard Fuhs of Virginia Beach, VA and Paul ‘Greg’ Fuhs
of FL, and his daughter, Dawn Hourican; sister, Janis Merritt of Saugus, and
niece, Loralee Wood and her son, Tyler Wilson of Saugus.
Paul is also survived by his step-children, Lael Cook and her husband Greg
and their sons Ted and Oliver of Hamilton, Thomas Dietrich and his daughter,
Deanna of Florida, Lissa Dietrich and her partner Sissy O’Callaghan of
Bonita Springs, Florida, and also his late son Jeff’s daughter, Jenny Esdale
and Jeff’s wife Cher and her son, Adam. Also, step-children William
Belanger, Dawn Bammarito and her husband Tom and their sons, Tom and
Matthew, Michael Belanger and his wife Tonia and their children, Ryan, Chad
and Rachel, Gary Belanger and his wife Robin and her daughter, Jamie all of
He was predeceased by his parents; his step-father, Harlowe Medland, whom he
considered his real father; his grandfather and grandmother; beloved Second
mother, “Auntie” Eleanor; granddaughter, Jaqueline Fuhs and step-son,
His funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 12
School Street, Rockport on Thursday, January 24, 11 a.m. A visitation will
be held prior to the service in the First Congregational Church from 10 to
11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial
will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul’s name to the ALS
Association at alsa.org in memory of Jeff.
Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
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