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Paul Joseph O'Leary

March 19, 1922 January 6, 2018
Paul Joseph  O'Leary
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Obituary for Paul Joseph O'Leary

Paul Joseph O’Leary (Red), 95, a longtime Hyde Park resident, passed away January 6, 2017 at home with his family by his side.
Born in Boston, Mass. on March 19, 1922, he was the son of the late Daniel A. and Mary Manley O’Leary. Paul re-ceived his degree in education from Albany University where he met his wonderful wife, Kathleen Rappleyea. Paul was a life-long educator, with most of his career spent in the Hyde Park Central School District as a Guidance Counse-lor, at both Haviland Middle School and Roosevelt High School. Many will remember Paul fondly for his kindness, his dry sense of humor and his exceptional ability to always give unconditional positive regard.
Paul proudly served his country during World War II; first with the Marine Corps before being transferred to the Naval Air Corps where he became a flight navigator in the Pacific Theatre on a PBY Catalina.
He was a former member of the Dutchess County Mental Health Board, an avid sailor, and a loving and dedicated husband and father.
On June 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Church in Poughkeepsie, he married the former Kathleen A. Rappleyea. Mrs. O’Leary survives at home. This year they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
He is also survived by his four children, Daniel P. O’Leary and wife, Cheryl, Kathleen O’Leary, Aileen O’Leary Rohr and husband, Michael, and Thomas O’Leary and wife, Carol, all of Hyde Park; nine grandchildren, Ryan D. and Erin K. O’Leary, Lila and Skyler Chambers, Kaileen Jafari MD, April and Natalie Rohr, and Connor and Sean O’Leary; great granddaughter, Kayla Beckingham; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Thomas and Daniel J. O’Leary.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, January 10th at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Thursday, January 11th at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Fr. Michael Morris will officiate.
Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
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4:00 PM 1/10/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/10/2018 7:00:00 PM
Sweet's Funeral Home

Rte. 9
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Sweet's Funeral Home
Rte. 9 Hyde Park 12538 NY





10:00 AM 1/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
Regina Coeli Church

2 Harvey Street
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Regina Coeli Church
2 Harvey Street Hyde Park 12538 NY

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St. Peter's Cemetery Final Resting Place

171 Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

171 Salt Point Turnpike Poughkeepsie 12603 NY
United States

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