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July 1, 2019


Paul J. Shinney

Shinney, Paul J. of North Weymouth, died July 1, 2019.

Paul proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He founded the Vietnam Memorial in Weymouth in 1983 and cared for it meticulously ever since so that those who couldn’t come home would never be forgotten. It is only fitting that he passed away at the park, caring for the memorial that he was so passionate about, during the most patriotic time of the year. Paul was a past president of the North Weymouth Civic Association and a retired Weymouth Police Officer. He was an avid gardener, history buff and Christmas enthusiast. His enthusiasm and generosity at Christmas filled the family with joy. Paul also loved the beach, vacationing with family, fishing and trying his hand at the slot machines. He left an indelible mark on his family, community and country. 

Beloved husband of 47 years to Anne (McLaughlin) Shinney of North Weymouth. Devoted father of Paul Shinney and his wife Marybeth, Suzanne Shinney and her husband Andrew Kalafatas, Matthew Shinney and his wife Erika, Stephen Shinney and his wife Colleen and Kaitlyn Farina and her husband Corey. Cherished Bumpa of Noah, Willow, Rowan, Nolan, Maren, Ella, Colman, Liam and upcoming Baby Shinney. Loving brother of Frank Shinney of Weymouth, Peter Shinney of Hanover, Martha Berman of Weymouth and the late Mark Shinney. Brother-in-law of Father Pat McLaughin of Milton, Marie and Eugene O’Brien of Waltham, James and Barbara McLaughlin of Abington and the late Eleanor and Walter Delaney. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home NORTH WEYMOUTH at 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A – Bicknell Square). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Jerome Church, Weymouth at 10:30 AM. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later day.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Friends of Weymouth Vietnam Memorial, 93 Bluff Road, Weymouth MA 02191.