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Paul W. Ekborg, 93, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016. He was being cared for at the Mid Pinellas Care Center, the Woodland House in Florida, following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Candace I. (Kelsey), with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.
Paul was born April 18, 1923, in Gloucester, son of the late Frank G. and Olga E. (Hagstrom) Ekborg. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1941. Paul spent the last years of his life in Florida, but Gloucester was always his home. Paul enjoyed spending time with his longtime companion, Barbara Francis. Together they enjoyed a large circle of friends, with whom they spent endless hours dancing, going out to dinner, playing cards and traveling to Vegas every year as a group. At the end of the winter they all packed up and headed back north to Gloucester, where they continued their social life together. One of Paul’s greatest enjoyments while in Florida was seeing both his granddaughters graduate from the University of Tampa. He was so proud.
He was a decorated WW II Army veteran and held the rank of PFC.
He worked for Mass Electric and North Shore Gas/Boston Gas, ending his career as Executive Vice President. He served for 37 years, until his retirement. After retiring from Boston Gas, Paul worked at Charlies Liquor Store for 20 years. He then worked at Jeff’s Variety for many years, until retiring at the age of 87, where Jeff and Leah were not just his bosses, but great friends.
Paul enjoyed many years with his children and especially his grandchildren. He was an avid dancer, card player, he enjoyed reading books and loved war movies. He took great pride in his home and loved yard work. Lighting the house up for Christmas was a great tradition he shared every year. He also enjoyed his many friends and neighbors and the people he met throughout his life.
Being a WW II veteran, Paul gave back to the system he believed very highly in, the V.A. He worked for many years as a volunteer at the V.A. Baypines in St. Petersburg, Fla., along with another group of his close friends from Gloucester.
Paul was a life member at the Gloucester Elks #892, a long time member of the VFW Post 1624, the DAV Chapter 74, American Legion Post 3, Gloucester and transferred to Madeira Beach Florida Post 372, the Italian American War Veterans, the Vittoria Rocci Post 56, Beverly, the Tyrian-Ashler Lodge of Mason AF & AM, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was a member and served the Trinity Congregational Church as a Past Deacon for many years.
In addition to his longtime companion, Barbara, Paul is survived by his children, Sandra K. Lakeman and her companion, James W. Robertson of Gloucester, Cheryl C. Bragg of Gloucester, Dennis P. Ekborg and his wife, Denise of Vermont and Brian J. Ekborg of Maine; his brother, Kenneth M. Ekborg of Gloucester; his loving grandchildren, Kristina L. Lakeman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and her companion, Paul Anhfeldt, Kelsey L. Lakeman of Danvers, Patrick Ekborg of Maine, Benjamin A. Ekborg of New Hampshire, and Peter R. Bragg of Gloucester. He was great-grandfather to Grayson L. Ahnfeldt-Lakeman, Lily N. Ahnfeldt-Lakeman and Kandace S. Ahnfeldt-Lakeman. Paul is also survived by his cat, Princess.
He was the grandfather to the late John M. Ekborg, great-grandfather to Aiden W. Ahnfeldt-Lakeman; brother of the late Marion C. Burgess, Ruth L. Decoste, Carlton B. Ekborg, Alice M. Bentley, Harold F. Ekborg and Edward F. Ekborg.
Paul’s Memorial Service will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 12 noon. There will be a visitation prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations in Paul’s memory be made to The Veterans Administration Bay Pines Health Care System, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd, Bay Pines, FL, 33744 or The Firstlight Homecare of Pinellas County Florida, 2750 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33761 or the Suncoast Hospice Mid Pinellas Care Center, The Woodland House, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL, 33760. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
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