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Updated: 12/11/2013 08:00:01AM

Paul R. Vachon

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Paul R. Vachon, age 75, of Venice, Fla., passed away peacefully at home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 24, 1938, to Larry and Rolande Vachon. He attended local schools, then, after a three-year tour in the U.S. Army, graduated from New England College in Henniker, N.H.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marie Laronde Vachon, of Venice, Fla.; his children, Christine Radavich and husband, Jim, of East Hampton, Conn., Louise Vachon of Cromwell, Conn., Larry Vachon of Manchester, Conn., and Patricia Zima and husband, Jim, of Manchester, Conn.; and a sister, Suzanne Vachon, of Manchester, N.H. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Kevin and Renee Radavich, of East Hampton, Conn.

Paul spent 33 years in the corrugated package industry mostly with Continental/Stone Container out of Portland, Conn., where he won numerous sales awards. He also was very active in his hometown politics in Ellington, Conn., where he was elected to various boards and commissions, most notably the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks Commission. He also was a Republican Town Chairman for 10 years.

Among other activities, he was a member and president of the New England College Association for six years, and in Venice, Fla., he served as a member and president of the Meadow Run Homeowners Association and the East Village Master Association over a 10-year period.

Among his favorite pastimes were playing golf, volleyball and softball. Paul also enjoyed his Boston Red Sox and NASCAR, but most especially being a member and president of the Connecticut Society of Ferroequinologists and model railway engineers in Manchester, Conn.

Services: A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice, Fla., Monday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is handling the arrangements. To send condolences, visit:

Contributions: Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.