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Obituary: Paul G. Kenahan, 45

Paul met life's milestones with joy and gusto.


Paul G. Kenahan, 45, passed away peacefully at his sister’s home on August 22, 2012 in East Greenwich, RI after a month long struggle with cancer. He was born in Rockaway, NJ to Richard Kenahan of Scottsdale, AZ and the late Shirley H. (Lent) Kenahan of East Greenwich.

Born developmentally disabled, Paul met life’s milestones at his own pace with joy and gusto. An accomplished socializer, Paul made friends with all that he met. Since 1994, he worked at the Trudeau Patterson Vocational Center in Warwick and very much enjoyed delivering Meal on Wheels for seniors, attending social events, and dressing up for each holiday with his special ties and goofy hats.

Hobbies of Paul were many. He enjoyed camping in the White Mountains in NH with his family. Swimming, boating, fishing, playing card games, especially Apples to Apples, puzzles, watching cooking, sports, and law enforcement shows, and shopping were activities Paul treasured. An avid collector of baseball caps and Spiderman memorabilia, Paul entertained all with his stories and skits.

Paul is survived by his father, Richard Kenahan (Ellie) of Scottsdale, Arizona; sisters Kathy Kenahan of Totowa, N.J.; Joan Burbridge (Jim) of East Greenwich; Donna Tully of Piermont, N.H.; and Mary Norgren (Kent) of Louisville, Colo.; and one brother, Rick Kenahan (Brenda) of Bedford, Mass. Nieces are Kathryn Vacca Good, Kristen Tully, Emily Burbridge, and Emma Stelzner. Nephews are Tim Burbridge, Bryan Burbridge, Daniel Vacca, Sean Tully, Ian Stelzner, Sean Kenahan, Evan Kenahan, and Dylan Kenahan. He is survived also by his wonderful group home family in West Warwick.

Paul embraced life always with a smile. His passion for life shaped and inspired his family and friends. He was the fabric of our lives and the center of all family events. We will honor his legacy by cherishing our memories.

A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at the Veteran Firemen’s Hall, 80 Queen St., East Greenwich on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 12 noon for family and friends. Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center/Patterson Vocational, 250 Commonwealth Avenue, Warwick, 02889, (401) 823-0051. Information and condolences, please visit: www.galloglyfuneralhome.com.

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