Dateline – Clifton Park, NY
Paul Phillip Caron, age 70, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at home on Monday, January 30, 2017. Paul will be sorely missed.
Born on December 3, 1946 in Salem, MA, he was the son of the late Adrien (“Pete”) and Helen (Powers) Caron. Paul was a graduate of Salem High School in Salem MA, and went on to SUNY Oswego where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Speech and Theater. Higher education was important to him and he went on to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Speech Communication from SUNY Cortland. He was very proud to have earned is Doctor of Arts Degree in Community College Education from George Mason University later in life.
Paul’s passion in life was his family. Paul was a devoted, loving, kind, caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend and coach to many. He adored his wife Ann, his sons Matt and Adrian, and his loving brother Michael. He loved his grandchildren Madeleine and Ethan and with Adrian loved to tell funny, silly stories. He loved his weekend chats with Matt and Michael and always enjoyed a good laugh. They were all the light of his life and will continue to be as he looks down upon us.
Paul’s other passion in life was his dedication to serving youth and learners of all ages. He was a life long professor, teacher and coach. He spent his days positively affecting people and always making people smile. Paul worked tirelessly to further student athletes at all age levels. He was inspired by his father “Pete” who was larger than life in sports in Salem MA and had Paul, his late brother Peter and his brother Michael growing up on the ponds skating, playing hockey near Forest River Park. These were joyous days for Paul and his family. He spoke fondly of his father’s life lessons, Forest River Park and being near the water. He cherished his times as a kid playing in the playground or on the slides, swim in the bay or play on the baseball field that his father built. And, he would always stop by for a candy treat at his Mum and Pop’s 5 and dime corner candy store. Life was simple and good, growing up in Salem, MA and Forest River Park.
Through the years Paul dedicated himself to being a hockey player, coach, referee and even reached the highest levels of being an NHL Scout for the Quebec Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche), something he was very proud of. He also was pleased to have refereed many high level games including one in particular with the US Naval Academy. He passed on his hockey skills to son Matt who a successful hockey career at SUNY Oswego and also as a coach in the Syracuse area. Paul was very proud of Matt’s accomplishments.
As much as he loved his time in hockey, in his later years he turned his attention to serving as a baseball coach and FL Northeast scout, and sharing life lessons about baseball to son Adrian and many boys in the local area. He loved his time on the field, smelling the green grass, playing ball and having fun. He taught the boys good baseball, about trying your best, being a good sport, having fun in the process and getting better with each game. He and his extended baseball family had just spent a wonderful time at Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports with our friends in Orlando at a baseball tournament over the New Year’s Eve holiday. It was a wonderful experience and he came back excited, looking forward to baseball’s spring season.
Besides his parents, Paul is predeceased by his beloved brother Peter Caron of Stowe OH, his loving daughter-in-law Kristen Caron of Syracuse NY; beloved Aunt Elizabeth (Betty) Ash of Peabody MA; Uncle Phillip Powers; mother in law Mary Mulvany of Queensbury NY.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife Ann C. Mulvany Caron of Ballston Lake NY; loving son Matthew Christopher Caron of Syracuse NY; adoring son Adrian Carson Caron of Clifton Park NY; caring and loving brother of Michael (Cindy) Caron; grandfather of Madeleine and Ethan Caron of Syracuse NY; and nieces Kirsten and Cassie Caron of Chesapeake VA; sister in law Nona Caron of Stowe OH, and nephew Jason Caron of Maryland. He is also survived by his dear cousin Lisa (Dennis) Gagliano of Peabody MA; Larry and Terry Ash of Saugus MA; Anne-Marie (Fred) Eugley of Malden MA; and many, many extended family members. Paul is also survived by father in law Dominick Mulvany of Queensbury NY; James (Barbara) Mulvany of San Diego CA; and nephews and nieces Patrick, Declan, Fiona and Maeve.
Paul is survived by the many, many friends that he met along his journey, whether in Salem MA, Oswego NY, Cortland, NY, Syracuse, NY, Clifton Park NY, and in FL particularly more recently his friends in Orlando and Jacksonville FL.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
Fr. Thomas Kelly will preside.
Burial will be held in Salem, MA at the convenience of the family.
Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas TX, 75231
The family wishes to thank the team of first responders and the team of doctors and nurses that had Paul under his care.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, and they encourage you to view and leave messages on Mr. Caron’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com