In the Memory of Paul A. Funk Jr.: A Great Baseball Player Of Massachusetts Sudden Death
On April 15, 2023, Paul A. Funk Jr., who was 51 years old and lived in Duxbury, MA, died suddenly. He was born in Malden, MA, on September 22, 1971, and grew up in Wakefield, MA. Loved the son of Paul and Marie Larsen Funk, who died before him.
His wife Heather, his children Molly and Madison, and his son Jack will miss him. His sister Jeannie Jayne and her husband Paul live in Woburn, Massachusetts. His mother-in-law Dianne Young, sister-in-law Hollie Landwher, and her husband Bobby all live in Hampstead, North Carolina.
Uncle Charlie, Ben, Andrew Jayne, Katelyn, and Karlie Landwher love him. Many people loved him as a friend, cousin, or nephew. Paul graduated from Wakefield High School in 1989. He was a great football, hockey, and baseball player there.
He went on to play baseball in Division 1 at the University of Connecticut, where he started as a freshman and was a co-captain in his final year. Paul was proud of what his baseball team did, like winning the Big East Championship in 1990 and attending the NCAA playoffs in 1993.
Paul went to the University of New Mexico after he graduated from UConn. There, he worked as a teaching assistant and assistant baseball coach while getting his master’s degree in exercise physiology. There, he met his wonderful wife, Heather.
Paul moved back to Massachusetts in 1996 and started teaching science in the Everett Public Schools that same year. Here was the start of his work as a coach and teacher. Paul first taught science at Parlin Junior High School, and then he moved on to Everett High School.
He was also a football assistant coach, a hockey assistant coach, and a baseball assistant coach. In 2001, he worked as a teacher and head football coach at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. As a football and baseball teacher at DY, Paul was well-known for his skills.
He made a scheme to make the Dolphins proud in the sports he coached. Within ten years of becoming a head football coach, Paul took a struggling team to the Super Bowl three times and won titles in 2011 and 2017. In 2017, Paul was named “Coach of the Year” by the New England Patriots.
Paul became the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at DY High School after almost 18 years as a teacher. Then, in 2015, he got his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, and in 2019, he became the head of DY High School.
Even though he disliked traveling, he would go anywhere for his kids’ games and contests. He loved his many friends and would do anything for them. Paul’s death has made a hole in the lives of many people who loved him. It’s hard to think about what life would be like without him.
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Like his parents, who died before him, a bright light has left this world to shine brighter in the sky. On Friday, April 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., people can pay their respects at the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St., Kingston, MA.
On Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can pay your respects at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, MA. The service at the grave will be private. In honor of Paul, donations can be made to an education fund for his children.
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