Paul E. Arsenault, Q.F.D., Ret., age 76

of Brockton

Paul E. Arsenault, Q.F.D., Ret., age 76

Paul E. Arsenault, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 76, a longtime resident of Brockton, died peacefully, Saturday, June 19, 2021 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Quincy, to the late Edward and Jeannette (Veno) Arsenault. Raised and educated there, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1962. He had lived in Brockton for the past fifty years.

He was proud to have served as a Quincy firefighter and EMT for thirty-three years. He was appointed to the department on May 2, 1970 and retired on August 29, 2003. At the time of his retirement, Paul was assigned with Ladder 1 at Headquarters.

As an on duty EMT, he attended varsity hockey games in Easton for many years.

Paul was a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as a MM3/c aboard the USS Holland, (AS-32), the first ever submarine tender built specifically to service Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines (SSBNs).

He also worked in maintenance at 77 Adams Street in Quincy for seventeen years and as a bartender at the Wollaston Golf Club when it was in Quincy.

Paul was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #347 in Whitman and also a Fourth-Degree member of the Francis Cardinal Spellman Assembly, #407. He was a former coach in Brockton’s Downey Little League. He enjoyed traveling, deep sea fishing as well as playing golf and baseball. He was an avid Boston sports fan and a former New England Patriots season ticket holder.

Most of all, he was devoted to his family and friends, and adored his grandchildren.

Beloved husband for fifty-three years of Irene E. (Conway) Arsenault.

Devoted father of Michael P. Arsenault and his partner Jessica DeVoie of Springfield, and Christopher J. Arsenault of Brockton.

Loving grandfather of Emily, Kiley, Matthew, and Jonathan Arsenault.

One of three siblings, he was the dear brother of Nancy Milone of Quincy and was predeceased by Marie Blake.

Paul is also survived by his aunt, Doris McAloney of Wareham, as well as many nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, services were private.

For those who wish, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.


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  • Irene and family,

    I’m so saddened and sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. As a young firefighter in the 1990’s, I got to work with Paul at headquarters on Ladder 1 and learned so much from him. I was always impressed at how hard he worked whenever we were on a roof at so many fires we fought together. But more than that, I’ll never forget the laughter he provided along with Jimmy Kelly on and off the job while the 3 of us were together along with the rest of the men at headquarters. I look back on those days as some of the best I’ve had in my career. Your family should take comfort for the service he provided to his country and to the citizens of Quincy. He will be missed.

    Take care.

    Gary Smyth

  • Dear Irene & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy on Paul’s passing. He was such a nice man who certainly loved his food. I hope Jimmy was waiting for him, ready to play cards & have a good meal together & a manhattan! Now they will be able to watch the Pat’s games together again. He will be missed by his family & friends. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time.

    Love, Robbin & Tom

  • Rest in peace my high school classmate and friend.

  • Aunt Irene – We have so many fond memories of Uncle Paul. He always had a smile to share and an entertaining story to tell. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Such a good guy, always there for anyone. Our thoughts are with you, Michael & Chris. Our deepest condolences, Cathy & George

  • Dear Irene and family,
    I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Paul tucked away in my heart. His big smile and laughter brought so much joy to our family. He’ll be missed dearly.

    Marilyn and Joe Gaedtke

  • Dear Aunt Irene, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Paul. He was a good man, always smiling. I have so many great memories with him and all the family cook-outs and parties. With my deepest sympathy to you and family. You, Michael and Chris are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Susan & Chuck