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John  Paul
John T. Paul, father, leader and philanthropist, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, passed away early in the morning of July 4, 2018. He was 69.

Born on July 25, 1948 in Buffalo, New York to Jane and Thomas Paul, John graduated from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia in 1966 and Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After graduation he met Judith Ann Savaiano, an honors graduate of Rosemont College and English teacher, while he was working in advertising sales for a consumer baked goods company. They subsequently married in 1972, the beginning of a wonderful family story.

John joined his father and siblings to build Thomas J. Paul, Inc., a creative marketing services corporation, where he served as president for over 30 years and led the company to consistent growth through innovation and outstanding service. He settled his wife and young children, Christopher and Laura, in a new house on Terwood Road in Huntingdon Valley in 1979 where they still reside. His instincts for leadership and community benefitted the Saint David CYO, La Salle College High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy and his venerable Monday Night Football fraternity.His vision launched countless careers and his mentorship to family, friends, colleagues and clients will endure for generations.

Always wanting business relations and new acquaintances to feel comfortable and welcome, he mastered greetings in dozens of languages. John’s love of family, friends, golf and his beloved grandchildren inspired him to build a home on the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey where everyone gathered on summer weekends. Family and friends will forever fondly recall the 4th of Julybarbecues and watching the fireworks.

John’s spirit of community and generosity was eminently evident in his support for Catholic education and healthcare. He led capital campaigns for Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, LaSalle High School, Saint Anselm College, Rosemont College, the Mount and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Beyond the boardroom, John was a consistent donor to numerous causes serving various needs in the community including Holy Redeemer Hospital and the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust.

John is the son of Jane (nee Wheeler) Paul of Meadowbrook, PA and the late Thomas J. Paul.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Paul (née Savaiano); his children, John Christopher Paul (Marcy), and Laura Lasky (Thomas); his grandchildren Ryan Lasky, Stephen Paul, Brooke Lasky and Alexandra Paul; his siblings Susan Exum (Joe), James (Denise), Jeffrey (Mary), Joseph (Donna), Thomas, Andrew (Denise), Jane, sister-in-law Ellen, and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ryan.

Friends and relatives are invited to his viewing on Monday, July 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. atOur Lady Help of Christians Church, 1500 Marian Road, Abington, PA 19001. Mass of Christian Burial will be held there on Tuesday, July 10th at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at George Washington Memorial Park, Butler Pike and Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in John’s name to the Villa Joseph Marie Angel Fund, 1180 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966.

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