Since 1873

Official Obituary of: Paul R. Dugan, 71, on March 10, 2024

Paul R. Dugan, 71, on March 10, 2024

Paul R. Dugan, 71, of  North Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at home. Paul was known for his quick wit, joke-telling, and stories. He had a gift of bringing laughter to any gathering and could talk with anyone and make them feel special, even during what he called his long ‘dance with cancer.’

Born in Amsterdam, NY on August 17, 1952, he was a loving son of the late Edward Dugan and Xenia (Klymkiw) Dugan.

He grew up in Tribes Hill, NY, the third son of seven siblings. He attended the College of the Holy Cross and spent a year in Ireland. After college, Paul spent many years on Block Island, working in hotels, construction, plumbing, and even lobstering. After he married, he moved to the mainland and worked for OSHA.

Paul loved history, photography, feeding his backyard birds, old-time movies, calling radio stations, listening to Radio Dismuke, and always relished a heated political argument. When calling his family and friends, he would start talking as if in the middle of a conversation until they guessed who it was. He also knew how to skillfully exit an event unobserved. He quietly left the same way on March 10th, at home, in his favorite recliner, holding his TV remote.

He will be missed by his devoted wife of 40 years, Karen A. (Milone) Dugan, his personal nurse, Mavis Davis, his family, and many friends. He leaves his brothers and sisters, Edward (Wendy), Michael (Gail), Martha Morini (Thomas), Teresa Kelly (Jeff), Amy, Brigid, and beloved Aunt Katherine, cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families.

All services will be held privately at a later date.

Instead of flowers, please donate to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and if you are so inclined, enjoy a Guinness in his name.

  • Comment (12)
  • The highlight of my day as a 16 year old waitress at the Surf was when Paul walked through the door. The room came alive and all I remember was thinking damn that is a fun handsome older guy!  He was just the most charming!!!  Rest easy Paul. 

  • When Paul was working with me lobstering many years ago he was living at the Wayside Inn, and he often would change rooms to make it more difficult for me to Rouse him in the morning to head out on the boat. we would usually take one day a week to do the bait preparation, and Paul love to wear a dress shirt and tie for the occasion just to get the conversation going with the onlookers. I was fortunate enough to have him on the back deck with me for a couple of seasons and man it was never dull. I remember him telling me about what he believed to be a very special gal that had come into his life, and that he thought that she might be the one. Turned out to be his wife of 40 years. sorry for your loss Karen, and to the whole Dugan clan❤️?

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Paul, Karen and Family. I will never forget the days plumbing with you and Johnny D. Always a good person and friend. Rest in Peace. See you down the road.

  • Sending love to Karen, Bridget, Amy, Mike and the rest of Paul’s family❤️.
    He always had a funny story and a big smile. RIP my friend,

  • Sending love to Bridget, Amy, Mike and the rest of his family❤️. 
    He always had a funny story and a big smile on his face..RIP my friend!

  • His love of birds, hand painted silk ties, hats of all kinds, the Three Stooges and his love of family are what will be in my thoughts and memories ❤️ Amy

  • Dugan is a well remembered HC Class of 1974 member. He will be missed at our 50th Class
    Reunion this coming June 2024. R.I.P. Paul.

  • I attended Junior High School with Paul back in Amsterdam NY. He always had a smile on his face. Many a beer we had together at Burza’s Bar in Amsterdam.  We who knew him, mourn.

  • God and his mother called him up on our mother’s birthday. Now at rest and free. I’ll love and miss you always and forever my Paul ♥. Hug Mommy for us !

Leave Your Comment

12 Responses

  1. God and his mother called him up on our mother’s birthday. Now at rest and free. I’ll love and miss you always and forever my Paul ♥. Hug Mommy for us !

  2. I attended Junior High School with Paul back in Amsterdam NY. He always had a smile on his face. Many a beer we had together at Burza’s Bar in Amsterdam.  We who knew him, mourn.

  3. Dugan is a well remembered HC Class of 1974 member. He will be missed at our 50th Class
    Reunion this coming June 2024. R.I.P. Paul.

  4. His love of birds, hand painted silk ties, hats of all kinds, the Three Stooges and his love of family are what will be in my thoughts and memories ❤️ Amy

  5. Sending love to Bridget, Amy, Mike and the rest of his family❤️. 
    He always had a funny story and a big smile on his face..RIP my friend!

  6. Sending love to Karen, Bridget, Amy, Mike and the rest of Paul’s family❤️.
    He always had a funny story and a big smile. RIP my friend,

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you Paul, Karen and Family. I will never forget the days plumbing with you and Johnny D. Always a good person and friend. Rest in Peace. See you down the road.

  8. When Paul was working with me lobstering many years ago he was living at the Wayside Inn, and he often would change rooms to make it more difficult for me to Rouse him in the morning to head out on the boat. we would usually take one day a week to do the bait preparation, and Paul love to wear a dress shirt and tie for the occasion just to get the conversation going with the onlookers. I was fortunate enough to have him on the back deck with me for a couple of seasons and man it was never dull. I remember him telling me about what he believed to be a very special gal that had come into his life, and that he thought that she might be the one. Turned out to be his wife of 40 years. sorry for your loss Karen, and to the whole Dugan clan❤️?

  9. The highlight of my day as a 16 year old waitress at the Surf was when Paul walked through the door. The room came alive and all I remember was thinking damn that is a fun handsome older guy!  He was just the most charming!!!  Rest easy Paul. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *