Paul Arthur Jensen

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Paul Arthur Jensen

March 23, 1941 - September 23, 2018

Paul Arthur Jensen Gloucester - Paul A. Jensen, also sometimes known as Paul A. Roby, age 77, died of a heart attack on September 23, 2018.


Paul was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., on March 23, 1941. He graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He toured as a puppeteer, was Artist-in-Residence at Amherst College, and music director at the Weston Playhouse, and taught music at several schools in Massachusetts. He, for a time, lived in New York City, and was active in Shakespeare in the Park, primarily writing music to accompany the plays.

Paul moved to Gloucester in 1991, and opened The Inn at Babson Court in 1999. He was active in theater and music in the North Shore area. In recent years, he could frequently be seen riding his red scooter around Gloucester, jokingly threatening to mow people down with it.

Paul is survived by his husband Donald Roby of Gloucester; his daughter, Heather-Jo Burgess of Lowell, Mass.; twin granddaughters, Sasha Pepicelli and Courtney Burgess; his brother, Edward Jensen of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Eldred and Mildred Jensen.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to The North Shore Health Project at 5 Center Street, Gloucester.

Plans are underway for a memorial concert of Paul's music, but the date and location are not yet determined.
Published on October 1, 2018
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Frederick Crane
Nov 07, 2018
I didn't know Paul well nor long, but always looked forward to his joy of connection, his playful engagement with life. Donald, Tess and I are very sorry for your loss...
Charles Robert vogel
Oct 25, 2018
Donald. My sincere condolences on the loss of Paul.I will always remember working on Scrooge and Marley he was a presence that was as the days take you into tomorrow,never loose sight of your past though your days ahead seem uncertain your memories will ever las
t.much love
Ed Rozmiarek
Oct 04, 2018
I can't claim to have been a friend of Paul's, but I wish I had been. I sang with him for a couple seasons in the Chorus North Shore, many years ago. He was such a big, boisterous, joyous presence, and he made it fun just being in the room at the same time. I am sure he is a great loss to the people who knew him better than I did.
Michael Paolucci
Oct 01, 2018
My heart is heavy for Paul's loss, my condolences to his wonderful partner Don, and my prayers go out to to him, and his family! Paul was a joyous ray of light, in a dark world, may he soar with angels!
Jim Koerth
Oct 01, 2018
May he rest in peace and may Donald be comforted in his grief. May his family remember the good times and may we all appreciate God's gift of music as Paul did.
Katy Lehman Landishaw
Oct 01, 2018
Paul was a good friend for many years. There are many memories I treasure, most especially his gift that continues, sharing his family.
Amy Pigeon
Oct 01, 2018
Paul enjoyed life. No matter how he was feeling, he always had a smile or a joke. I will never forget his laughter on Easter Sunday as he watched the "kids" (adult children and grandchildren) racing through the house looking for eggs.
He may be gone from Babson Court, but he will live in many hearts.