Paul Sweet

Paul M Sweet

Thursday, February 12th, 1953 - Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
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SPENCER-Paul Sweet, 66, passed away on July 30,2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Paul grew up in Auburn, MA and attended Boys Trade High School in Worcester, MA, then went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Quinsigamond Community College. He was a machinist and lent his talents to both Wyman Gorman and Gallant Machine in Worcester, as well as Miller & Turner Machine in Southbridge, before his illness forced him into early retirement.

Paul was a beloved father and grandfather. For him, family was everything. He was a man with a big heart, known for his kindness, generosity, gregarious nature, and the zeal with which he pursued his many interests.

His passion for music and bringing people together came to life through Mary’s Place, a community coffee house he ran in Spencer in the early 1990s. His inviting nature meant that his door was always open, and he enjoyed the company of the many friends and acquaintances who would drop by.

For many years, Paul spent his summers traveling to Music Festivals, and he regularly volunteered at the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. He had a larger than life personality and will be missed by many, but none more than those closest to him.

He is survived by his three daughters, Anne and her husband Craig of E. Brookfield, MA, Sandra and her husband Nicholas of McGuire AFB, NJ, and Sara and her husband Anders of Alameda, CA. He leaves behind several wonderful grandchildren: Anne, Oliver, Felix, Harvey, and Mattias, as well as his sister Susan and her husband Donald of Pelham, NH, and his many friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his beloved mother, Joyce, and his infant grandson, Samuel.

Dad, “Take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.”

A Memorial Mass for Paul will be held on Thursday, August 15,2019 at 11:00am in Our Lady of the Rosary Church 7 Church St. Spencer. Burial will follow in New Notre Dame Cemetery in Southbridge. Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. has been entrusted with arrangements.
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Our Lady of the Rosary Church
    7 Church St.
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  • Interment

    New Notre Dame Cemetery
    N.Woodstock Rd
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Posted at 09:49am
Suzie, Sandra, Sara, and Anne - Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Patricia Berard

Posted at 07:04am
So sorry for your loss Paul was a good friend to my children, I remember the wonderful birthday party he threw for my daughter years ago and seeing his old van loaded up ready for the yearly trip to Old Songs, my condolences go out to his family.

Posted at 08:46pm
Sandy, Sarah and Annie, I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Sending you love and keeping all of you in my thoughts. Here are my memories... Sometimes we are fortunate to find a friend in life that we can hold in our hearts despite the passage of time and “place”. Paul was that person, father like to me, so kind, always quick with a warm smile, the best listener, he was there to wrap an Indian blanket around my shoulders and offer me a cup of coffee and a seat on the front porch rocking chair when I needed to know I wasn’t alone in the world, he taught me to drive a standard with the patience of a saint through many bucks and stalls, he fixed windows and couches for me, babysat my cats, I could always look forward to weekly potlucks with our group of friends at his home with guitars, laughs, silly stories. All those crazy trips, and enduring his favorite Vietnamese restaurant, music festival years at Old Songs and Falcon Ridge, curling toes, his bumpy old van with the tiny beach in the console, and Greek pizza, and late evenings smoking Clove cigarettes listening to folk music and poetry at the coffee houses. He threw me the most awesome 30th welcome home party after my wayward year in the desert and moved me to New Hampshire, twice. He was the biggest fan of my paintings and art. Ive often regretted that in his final years time and life found us states apart and as with many old friendships from times past we seldom crossed paths, yet my memories remain ever fond. Paul, I imagine your standard greeting “Hi honey did you miss me” and I offer you this in reply my dear dear sweet illustrious friend, “I’ll see you in the recent future”

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