Paul James Shanley, Junior, passed away on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno, California.
The eldest child of Paul J. Shanley, Sr., and Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, he was born in Bangor, Maine, on September 15, 1934.
His siblings were Eugene, Cecelia, Juliana, Ellen, and Fredericka, and he is survived by his sister, Rose and his wife, Celia.
With Constance J. Taylor, his sons are Kevin, Paul, and Dennis. With Celia Belle Miller, he has a daughter, Sara Jane and two stepchildren Ken & Jeff Percival.
His grandchildren are Jacob, Ethan (Kevin & Amie Gellen); Paul, Brandon, and Ella (Dennis & Stephanie Ybarra); and Nicholas (Nicholas & Sara Bitler); step grandchildren Katie & Ian (Ken & Maribel);Christie & Tabitha (Paul & Linda); step great grandchildren Eli, Austin, Paul Sebastian, Ayden, & Santana; and step great great grandchildren Jackson & Kenzelee.
Paul attended Fairmont School and St. Mary's School in Bangor, Maine; Saint Theresa's School in South Brewer, Maine, and graduated from John Bapst High School in Bangor, Maine.
He served three years with the Marines, five years with the Air Force Reserve, and fourteen years with the Navy Reserve.
Paul earned a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Maine, studied graduate Psychology pursuing his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, and earned an M. Ed. in elementary education from the University of Maine.
In Milo, Maine, he taught at Milo Elementary School. After enjoying three wonderful years on the Niven Busch Ranch in Hollister, California, Paul moved back to Maine, where, in Bangor, he taught at Harlow Street, Union Street Junior High, Vine Street, and Fairmont Elementary schools. He also taught at Indian Island School in Old Town, Maine.
In Hollister, California, Paul ran a daycare center for the children of Mexican Migrant workers, taught grade six at Sunnyslope Elementary School, and grades seven and eight at Southside Elementary School.
Later in life, Paul returned to Maine where he worked with special needs children as a Behavior Specialist.
In 2005, Paul moved back to California to be closer to his family and to enjoy the warm weather of Hollister, California, where he worked at Gabilan Hills Elementary as a yard duty aide. Later on, in Hollister, he worked at Calaveras Elementary, Ladd Lane Elementary, and Maze Middle schools as an instructional aide.
Paul wrote and published ten novels:
A Bit of Irish Earth
Hash and Dandelion Greens
A Girl to Run The River With
That Evil Woman
Burn The Witch! (Paul was in the middle of revising this book and to rename it, THE BURNING)
Follow The Sun
Danger & Destiny
The Chickens & The City Council of San Juan Bautista, Shelley's Gambit
Sitting Bull & General Custer
Paul co-authored A Gateway to Hell with Ken Percival.
He also edited Prisoners of Our Own Beliefs by Gary Parent, In These Walls of Time by Kathryn Rothert, and The Great Game by Kenneth Percival.
He invented two board games, GRAMPY'S GAME and SNEAKY!, as well as several card games concerning U.S. historical facts, political figures, and inventors.
Paul was a member of the Democratic Party and the Sierra Club.
He enjoyed cross-country road trips, national parks, the great outdoors, chess, and canoe trips on Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway. He was a strong advocate for putting the wild back into the Allagash.
Paul would like to thank Sadie Rabusin for the privilege of working in her classroom at Maze Middle School in Hollister, California.
He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he had touched.
Memorial Service will take place at: Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home, 901 West Main Street, Merced, CA on Thursday December 20th, 2018 at 2pm.
"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night."
~ Mary Elizabeth Frye