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Paul M. Leary Jr., 83; U.S. Army Veteran, Former Business Owner

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 13, with the funeral scheduled for Wednesday, May 14.


Paul M. Leary Jr., a former Greenwich resident, died in his sleep on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Ridgefield. He was 83.

Mr. Leary was the husband of the late Carol (Costello) Leary who predeceased him in 2012.

Born in Nyack, NY, Sept. 18, 1930, Mr. Leary as a child relocated with his parents to Covington, Kentucky where he attended local schools and graduated from Xavier University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving in the Signal Corps from 1953 to 1955.

His entire career was spent as a manufacturer’s representative in the electrical industry. He was first employed with Plastic Wire & Cable of Jewett City, CT. In 1969 he established Paul M. Leary & Associates. For more than 30 years he represented the finest manufacturers supplying electrical materials to the New York City construction market. His many accomplishments included supplying material to the World Trade Center, Empire State Building and the New York City Transit Authority. He served on many industry committees and Manufacturer’s Rep Councils, he was instrumental in launching many new and innovative products. His company frequently enjoyed top sales honors amongst his peers.

He and his wife, Carol, met on a blind date in Manhattan. After marrying in 1959 they moved to Greenwich, in 1960 where they raised their family. Most recently, Mr. Leary was a resident of Ridgefield for the past three years.

He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish of Greenwich. He was an early member of the Stanwich Club and longtime supporter of the YMCA and Greenwich Library.

Surviving Mr. Leary is a daughter, Beth Perlman and her husband, Andrew, of Ridgefield; a son, Chris Leary and his wife, Jennifer, of Greenwich. He is also survived by his five granddaughters, the greatest joys in his life, Sarah and Allison Perlman; Mary Kate, Meg and Callie Leary.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 14, at 10 AM in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 469 North St., Greenwich.

Interment will take place in a private service at St. Michael Cemetery, Springfield, MA.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT on Tuesday, May 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions may be made to the Friends of Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT.

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