P/D/C Paul J. Nordquist, AP

Paul J. Nordquist of Framingham died peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2018. He was 85 years old. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of Clarence and Mabel Nordquist and the brother of the Marshall Nordquist, Norma Finke and Wayne Nordquist. He is survived by his wife Shirley-Ann, they were married for 60 years.

A resident of Framingham for 60 years, together he and Shirley raised four daughters, Betsy Manzelli of Natick, MA; Laurie Mailman of Freedom, NH; Paula Gleason of Northfield, VT; and Kristen McCabe of South Kingstown, RI. Paul is also survived by his son-in-laws; Peter Manzelli, Bruce Mailman, John Gleason and Mike McCabe. Paul loved spending time with his eight grandchildren; Jeffrey Geissler, Kelsey Silverio, Brittany Mailman, Lacey Ricker, Eli Gleason, Hannah Gleason, McKenna McCabe, Jack McCabe; and his one great granddaughter, Bianca Silverio.

Paul was a mentor, teacher and incredible father. Paul received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and later served on their Engineering Advisory Council. Paul served as chief instructor in the electronics fundamentals section of the Ordnance Guided Missile School within the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He began his career at GTE in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1993. His work at GTE often took him to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. An avid sailor, Paul and Shirley had many happy memories on their boat with friends from the Nobscot Power Squadron and the Duxbury Cruising Club. Paul was an energetic squadron member and held many leadership positions over the years. Paul was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA, for the past 60 years. He was a devoted congregant and enjoyed the lifelong friendships he had there. A Memorial Service was held on July 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook please visit everettfuneral.com. –David F. Danehy

Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 1, 2018

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