Paul E. Bérubé ’59

Paul E. Bérubé ’59 died on September 5, 2018, in Pelham, Massachusetts.

(The following was published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on September 18, 2018):

Paul Berube of Pelham, passed away peacefully at home on September 5, surrounded by family.

Born to Alice and Ernest Berube in New Bedford, Paul was a proud graduate of Bowdoin College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Southern California.

Originally trained as a potter, Paul was a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts for over forty years. Although he called Pelham home, taking active roles at the town library and in local politics, as well as being a devotee of the Amherst Take-It-Or-Leave-It, Paul and his late wife, Gail, were world travelers.

Their adventures included numerous study trips around Europe and the Yucatán, an accidental encounter with Northern Irish border guards, and their final trip together, to Egypt. Paul leaves behind two children, Jon Berube of Pelham, and Karen DiPersia of Princeton, New Jersey, as well as five grandchildren, Jon C. and Hannah Berube, and Sofia, Vanessa, and Gaetano DiPersia.

The Berube family hopes that Paul’s generous spirit and boundless enthusiasm for life’s simplest pleasures continue to inspire his friends and community members as they have our family. We would like to thank Cooley Dickinson Hospice and Visiting Nurse Association for their care and guidance.

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