Paul J. McGoldrick ’57 died July 23, 2015, in Katonah, New York.
(The following appeared in the Union Leader on July 19, 2015):
LITTLETON – Paul J. McGoldrick, 80, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in New York, where he had moved to be cared for by his daughter.
He dedicated his life to helping the town of Littleton and northern New Hampshire prosper with employment, public services and education opportunities for all.
The fourth of eight children, he was raised in Westwood, Mass. Between 1953 and 1959, he graduated from Boston College High School, earned a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He moved to Littleton in 1964 while working with the N.E. Telephone Company. Paul found he enjoyed the rural lifestyle and sought to be self-employed, a desire that fueled a nearly 50-year long career as a successful financial planner and life insurance agent.
With exceptional foresight and dogged persistence, he threw himself into community work with a host of local organizations. His decades of leadership were especially instrumental in the Rotary Club, Littleton Industrial Development Corporation, and The Littleton Area Learning Center.
Communities outside of Littleton noticed his work ethic and results, and he was asked to serve with the N.H. Charitable Foundation and the N.H. Retirement System, among others. One such organization, the Mayhew Program, that helps at-risk New Hampshire boys, he supported with particular passion and commitment. He felt his service to Mayhew was in honor and memory of his son Michael, who died in infancy in 1965.
For his dedication, Paul was recognized as an outstanding community leader on both local and state levels. In 1995, the community surprised him at the ribbon-cutting of the new high-capacity bridge leading to the Industrial Park by naming it in his honor. Ultimately, what was most gratifying for him, was to see the fruits of his labor: over 1,200 jobs and $60 million payroll in the Littleton Industrial Park or word from one of the many Mayhew boys, who had grown into productive adults.
In 1974, he married Linda Clark and helped raise her young daughters. Together they had a third daughter and shared a loving and happy home until Linda’s death in 1992.
He is survived by brother Dick McGoldrick; sisters Betty Ann Trought and Susan Moore; daughters Arden Lindsey, Heather Powers, and Elizabeth McGoldrick and their families, including seven grandchildren.