Obituary for Paul Lofgren
Friends of the family are invited to a Graveside Service Time of Remembrance at the Oatka Cemetery, Scottsville on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11 AM. There will be a time at the Cemetery following the Remembrances to vist with the family.
Life Story for Paul Lofgren
Paul G. Lofgren of Wheatland, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by adoring family on May 13, 2017 after suffering a stroke on May 7, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara E. Lofgren and children, Paul G. Lofgren, Jr. (Kristen) and David W. Lofgren (Heather). At the time of his passing, Paul had 14 grandchildren, Faith L’Esperance (Joshua), Grace Thomas (David), Glory Thomas (Daniel), Patience Lofgren, Samuel Lofgren, Mercy Lofgren, Joy Lofgren, Humility Lofgren, Joseph Lofgren, John Lofgren, Elijah Lofgren, Cory Lacasse, Alayna Lofgren and Kyle Lofgren. He also had 6 great- grandchildren, Rebekah Thomas, Ruth Thomas, Jason Thomas, Vivian Thomas, Jedidiah Thomas, and Luke L’Esperance. He had a great love and affection for his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The Lofgrens and Graftons fondly recall the wheelbarrow rides he’d give the little ones around the backyard at 115 Glendale Rd in Sharon.
Paul was born on July 18, 1929 to Percival and Ruth Lofgren of Everett, Massachusetts, and spent most of his childhood growing up on West Wyoming Ave. in Melrose, Massachusetts. Percival was a steamfitter who was able to find work and maintain employment to provide for his family during the Great Depression years. This contributed to a very strong and loyal work ethic for Paul, which served him well during his lifetime.
Paul graduated from Melrose High School in 1947, and went to work for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston. At the same time, he attended night school at Northeastern University in Boston to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Paul was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in 1951, and was sent to basic training at Camp Edwards. His unit was then shipped to San Francisco, where he assumed the next stop would be the Korean peninsula. Thankfully, his unit was never called on for combat duty, and he was honorably discharged after two years of service in 1953.
After the service, Paul continued his employment at Liberty Mutual, and graduated from Northeastern University in 1958. Paul worked mostly as an actuary for Liberty Mutual for over 40 years, and retired there as a Vice President in the Actuarial Department. It was during his early years at Liberty Mutual Insurance that he met his future wife Barbara. She was working in the Benefit Plans Department. They were married on May 27, 1956 and, after living for the first few years in a couple of different apartments, resided on Belcher Street in Sharon, Massachusetts. Their first son, Paul, Jr. was born on January 3, 1963, and David followed shortly thereafter on June 20, 1964. They raised their sons at 115 Glendale Rd. in Sharon, MA, and moved to Wheatland, NY in 2001, across the street from Paul, Jr.’s residence and family.
One of Paul’s lifetime passions was bridge. Paul was a Life Master bridge player and actually taught bridge lessons at his home in Sharon, MA for several years.
Paul and Barbara’s favorite place to vacation was Candlewood Lodge and Camps on China Lake in South China, Maine. They made an annual trek each summer from 1977 to 2000. Paul and Barbara quickly became friends with the owners of Candlewood, Albert and Muriel Adams and their children, Lawrence, Scott, Robyn and Nancy. Paul and Barbara were particularly close with Scott and his wife Priscilla, and spent countless hours enjoying the Maine sunshine, day trips, great food and playing bridge well into the evening.
Paul was an avid collector and an expert in many areas of antiques and collectibles. He was very knowledgeable in the areas of numismatics, philately, and deltiology. He loved collecting first editions of various books and magazines and any antique items that were handed down to him from previous generations of his family. Thankfully, he had the foresight to set aside the baseball, football, basketball, and hockey cards that his sons had collected during the 1970’s, before they became lost or destroyed. He even set aside David’s Star Wars card collection from 1977! He often lamented his own baseball card collection from the 1940’s and 1950’s which had become forgotten to time or disposed of during his years in the service.
Paul was an avid Boston sports fan and throughout the decades enjoyed watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games with his children and grandchildren. Paul was an active and outstanding tennis player, a member of the Sharon Tennis Club throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Paul loved and was very knowledgeable about classical music, with Chopin a particular favorite.
A very special thank you to Kris Lofgren, especially in the last few years, for devoting countless hours of healthcare, wellness planning, and companionship for Paul and Barbara. Paul was a very special Dad and will be sorely missed by friends, family and acquaintances.