Paul R. Desilets, 71, lost his battle with cancer Friday night at Jordan hospital surrounded by his loving family. Paul, the only child of Jeannette A. (Lamarre) Desilets and Adelard J. "Whitey" Desilets, was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 2, 1942.
Paul met the love of his life, Claire, at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a long-time resident of East Sandwich, Massachusetts, where he and Claire raised their family. Paul served in the Army and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, during the Vietnam War where he first became active in the Boy Scouts. He later served in the Army National Guard for 20 years at the Massachusetts Military Reservation. As a proud American, Paul always flew a flag in the yard. He worked as a pharmacist for over 40 years on Cape Cod and the South Shore, most recently at Adams Pharmacy in Provincetown.
A proud and loving husband and father, Paul's life was centered on his family with involvement in the Boy Scouts, SHS marching band, and beekeeping. Paul also loved the time that he spent volunteering with the Senior Environmental Corps, especially when water sampling in the salt marshes of Sandwich. Even before retiring, Paul was kept busy by his wife in their beekeeping hobby and they maintained over 50 hives on family cranberry bogs in Sandwich, at Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich and at local vegetable and holly farms. Those who knew Paul from across the pharmacy counter, through Amsoil, or from his long-term service with the Barnstable County Beekeepers' Association know that Paul was always ready with a joke to make you laugh.
Paul is survived by his wife, Claire (Canning) Desilets, his son and daughter-in-law Jean-Paul and Kathryn Desilets of Punta Gorda, Florida, his daughter and son-in-law Andrea and Chris Agostino of Ayer, Massachusetts, his daughter Danielle Desilets of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and his grandson Vincent Agostino.
Services at the National Cemetery in Bourne will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.