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Paul Henry Kearney

June 6, 1934 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Paul Kearney Obituary

Paul Henry Kearney passed away January 27th, 2024 following complications from multiple health issues. He was 89 years young. Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joan Lankford Kearney, 2014, and oldest son Tom Kearney, 2019. He is survived by children Theresa Saby, Patrick Kearney and Paul Kearney Junior, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Paul was a loving and considerate husband, father, friend, and neighbor. 

In his younger years Paul and Joan were very involved in theatre arts. Their small performance group did local productions such as "Porgy and Bess," and "West Side Story." The undying love of “Tony and Maria” could not have been a more metaphoric example of the devotion of Paul and Joan.

But with a growing family Paul soon employed his vocal talents singing with a local nightclub band to help bring home extra income. Think “The Four Seasons” on the local Baltimore nightlife scene and you have “The Four Continentals.” Venues such as The Patapsco Inn, The Green Dolphin and the Club Venus Lounge saw the guys four nights a week throughout the 1960s and early 70s.

All that would change in 1973 as Paul’s day job with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade led to a three year tour to a small town in Washington State. The change to a less urban setting and slower pace of life was a welcome change for Paul, Joan and their kids. Paul was often asked “Paul, what do you do at that job in the NSA?” So, due to the secure nature of the NSA workings, he would always jokingly reply, ”Well, I make screen doors for submarines!” That was Paul, a patriot with a wry sense of humor and loved by all who knew him.

He was also a deeply devoted man of faith. In the years after Joan’s passing he moved into the Glen Meadow Retirement Community, Glen Arm, Maryland, where he enthusiastically coordinated weekday Catholic Mass services for the faithful. Also, he was “that guy” always there helping the less capable members on and off the shopping bus, carrying bags, and just there for anyone needing some extra assistance.

After Joan’s passing in 2014 Paul strongly yearned for the time they would be reunited. Early in the morning of Saturday, January 27th, his longing was over and now, he and Joan, together, sing for the angels their own rendition of West Side Story’s “Somewhere, A Place for Us.”

 Join us at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 7th, at St. John Hydes Catholic Church, as we celebrate Paul’s life and his reunion with the love of his life.

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