Letter: One of the lucky ones

Thursday, December 28, 2017

As this year comes to an end, I am reminded of a man whose decency and kindness to me will never be forgotten. This man was my boss for seven years and he sadly passed away this year. He was a man whose working life was devoted to the City of Concord for over 38 years as its city solicitor. He was a family man first, a devoted father and husband, and a friend to any that truly knew him.

Paul Cavanaugh was the best boss I ever had in my 27-year career as a paralegal. He was patient and kind, he trusted me 110 percent, and I never let him down. He never, ever raised his voice in anger to me or to anyone else. We worked side by side on more briefs to the Supreme Court than I can remember. We were a team like no other. We took on every task as it came, never turning anyone away if they needed a helping hand.

In my seventh year at the city, Paul decided it was time for him to retire. Saddened by the news, I held on, for as long as I could. But things changed after he left and were never quite the same.

I remember those last years with Paul with a keen fondness. It was fun and exciting and the law was interesting and challenging and always changing. But he was the key to it all, my boss, and my friend.

He passed away only seven years after retiring. He will be missed by all who truly knew him as a friend and counselor, always willing to lend an ear to a problem or concern. Always there, ever the compassionate ensign to whatever came his way. Here’s to you Paul. I raise my never empty coffee mug to you, my friend, my best boss ever in this life.

Suzie Blake