Paul Edward Zamagni, age 84

of Braintree

Paul Edward Zamagni, age 84

Paul Edward Zamagni, age 84, a longtime resident of Braintree, died suddenly, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at home.

Paul was born in Boston, to the late Bruno J. of Forli, Italy and Anna H. (Monahan) Zamagni of Boston. He especially adored his mother, who he called Ma, and with whom he shared an unbreakable bond. Raised and educated in Roxbury, he was a graduate of Boston Technical High School, Class of 1955. Paul also served in the Army National Guard and lived in Quincy briefly before spending the last fifty years in the Braintree Highlands.

Paul retired in 1999 from Back Bay Advisors as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Prior to that, he was employed with The New England, formerly New England Mutual Life Insurance Company at 501 Boylston Street in Boston, where Paul spent the majority of his career, working his way from the mail room to executive leadership.

Paul was an avid golfer and also enjoyed baseball, bowling, skiing, biking and travel throughout his lifetime. In recent years, he led family trips to Italy, Prague and Austria, and even celebrated a long weekend in Bermuda for his 80th birthday with his entire family and all of his grandchildren.

Most of all, Paul Zamagni was devoted to his family, especially his children and his grandchildren.

Paul was the beloved husband of the late Gail Charlene (Downing) Zamagni, who predeceased him in 1987. As a widowed father of four young children, Paul first put his exclusive focus on raising his children who were his greatest accomplishment, his pride and joy. He was dedicated and relentless in all of his pursuits, he led by example, and was an extraordinary man.

Devoted father of Charlene A. Leiss and her husband Philip of Topsfield, Raymond P. Zamagni and his wife Colleen of Topsfield, Paula M. Norton and her husband Richard of Franklin, and Anne M. Cedorchuk and her husband Mark of Franklin.

Loving grandfather to Brenna, Caroline, Charlotte, and James Leiss; Kate, William, and Nolan Zamagni; Anna, Meghan, and Sara Norton; and Bryn and Cole Cedorchuk.

Dear brother of William E. Zamagni of Norton and Alberta A. Zamagni of Worcester, Paul was also predeceased by his siblings Frederick Zamagni, John B. Zamagni, and Dorothy M. Fallon, with all of whom he was very close. Paul is also survived by many nieces and nephews, most notably Barbara Webster of Braintree and Michael Fallon of Milton, with whom he shared a special relationship.

Paul was the beloved companion of twenty-five years to Patricia Peck of Scituate, and also had enormous affection for Pat’s three children: Julie, Matthew and Tricia.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, September 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of Saint Clare, 1244 Liberty Street, Braintree, on Wednesday, September 29, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  • My deepest condolences for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Paul was one of the nicest people I knew at New England Life. Had the privilege to work with him in several capacities and bowled with and against him. Great guy who will be missed by many. Best wishes to the family and I know he will rest in peace.

  • Dear Charlene and family, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love, Jenn Beal

  • Charlene, our deepest condolences for your dear Dad. God bless you and your family.

    Jon and Susie Conahan

  • Charlene and family,
    My deepest condolences over the passing of your father. May he Rest In Peace Always.

  • Ray, I am so sorry for your loss. After reading about your Dad now I know where your passion for sports comes from! Our prayers are with you during this difficult time!

  • Charlene. Matt and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. – Victor

  • Prayers for your family and thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

  • Dear Charlene and family
    My sympathies for your loss and after reading about Paul I can see the strength, energy and positivity that Charlene you too have always shown. A big Australian hug and my thoughts are with you.

  • Dear Charlene,

    I know how much you loved and admired your dad. He was the life of the party. A great salesman who taught his children well.

    Your kids are going to miss him as will you and Phil. You will always have great memories. Love you! Joab. ❤️❤️❤️