Paul Martin ShanleyOctober 9, 1953 ~ August 9, 2017 (age 63)
Paul Martin Shanley, 63, of East Hampton, Connecticut, died on August 9, surrounded by his loved ones at Hartford Hospital. He was born on October 9, 1953 at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT. Paul was a social worker who began his career as a child protection worker in Alaska. He later obtained his MSW at the University of Utah. He and his family moved to Connecticut where he dedicated 30 years to child welfare through his administrative position with the Department of Children and Families. Paul was passionately committed to serving others, whether it was family, staff, community or anyone in need. He was an avid hiker, camper and lover of nature and wilderness. He welcomed challenges, sought out adventures and inspired others, including his family members, to pursue their full potential. Paul was an environmentalist and was committed to protecting our Earth. He was focused on his spiritual path and was a long time member of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Glastonbury. He practiced meditation and made several trips to India, including a trip last year. Paul is survived by his wife, Cathy and two daughters, Prema and Sandhya, his parents Mary Lou and Bernard Shanley, his two brothers Scott and David Shanley and his mother-in-law Cecilia Stoll, as well as his faithful dog Marty and cat Baxter. He was predeceased by his father, Paul Burgess and a special great aunt, Helen Martin. The family will receive guests on Friday, August 11, from 6-8 pm at Spencer Funeral Home in East Hampton, CT. Contributions in his name can be made to the East Hampton Food Bank at 43 West High Street. Paul lived his life by these words--"Love All, Serve All"