Paul always appeared as a happy person, known for his ready
smile, great sense of humor, and his deep knowledge and love
of waterlilies and water gardening.
As a returning veteran of World War II, he turned his early
fascination with waterlilies into a successful water garden enterprise
of international fame. He and his family won prestigious awards
for their water garden displays at the Boston Flower Show.
Paul was a Founding Member and a long time Director of the
International Waterlily and Water Garden Society (IWGS) and a
Charter Member of Water Gardeners International. He regularly
attended IWGS annual meetings in the USA and abroad until a few
years ago when a heart attack prevented him from traveling.
Paul loved to travel around USA and the world searching for
different aquatic plants wherever he went. He and Perry Slocum
maintained a special bond; he often referred to Perry as his
father. They sometimes traveled together, including
at least one trip to Australia. Paul was also a popular speaker
who visited many organizations to speak about water gardening.
His wife Evelyn, children (Paul, Jr., Ann Thompson, Cheryl
Quaglia, and Patricia Donovan), six grandchildren, and countless
friends will miss Paul.
Blanchard Funeral Chapel maintains an email guestbook that
you are invited to sign at http://www.legacy.com/SouthOfBoston-Enterprise/GuestBook.asp
Charles B. Thomas
Note. I met Paul about 50 years ago, and this
summer I plan to write a brief biography about him.