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Paul Foley Nace, Jr., of Gloucester, died on March 16, 2017. Paul was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Hamilton, Ontario, and Woods Hole on the “other cape”. Paul loved boats and the ocean. He got his first skiff at age 10, and he intimately knew the waters of Massachusetts. He lived for summer days on his cherished his Wilbur 34, Sally Forth.
Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1964 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1966. As a Lieutenant J.G. in the U.S. Navy, he served for four years including a tour in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. When he returned to Vietnam in the 1990s, he chartered a boat and his knowledge of the waters in that the river and its canals was as sure as it had been in 1969.
Paul had multiple distinct and successful careers. He was a partner in a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C., advising Democratic candidates both in the U.S. and abroad.
In the late 1970s Paul transitioned from politics to public service in the administration of Governor Michael Dukakis as a director of the Outer Continental Shelf Development and as Commissioner of the MDC. In 1980, he began a 20 year career in real estate development. He consulted on and developed medical and mixed use projects.
His Navy friend, John Kerry, drew Paul into politics one last time in 2004, and he moved to Washington to be a close advisor to the campaign.
Fifteen years ago, Paul’s interests turned to alternative energy. He co-founded and was chairman of Econox Technologies, a company that develops combustion-efficiency technologies. At the time of his death he was chief development officer of BioFine Technology, LLC, an entrepreneurial venture that owns a proprietary process for the conversion of cellulosic waste into renewable, green chemicals.
After spending several winters in Gloucester, Paul and his wife, Sally Jackson, moved here permanently in 2005. Our tight knit community reminded him of his childhood in Flatbush and quickly fell in love with the town.
In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his sister, Eleanor (Susie) Nace of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; his sister, Kate Nace Day of Woods Hole; two nephews, Jeremiah Day and Daniel Dozier, and his beloved dog, Salty. Paul was predeceased by his father, Paul Foley Nace, Sr., his mother, Eleanor (VanWagner), and his younger brother, Richard.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Chapel in Woods Hole at 11 a.m. on June 9. Donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the veterans’ support organization, Home Base at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston MA 02114.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 3, 2017
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