Paul “TooTall” J. Socquet Sr., 84, of 58 Hillside Road passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, October 15, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 24, 1937 to Ernest and Eleonore Socquet of the Socquet Hillside Farm in Montague, MA, and resided his entire life on Hillside Road.
Paul was predeceased by his parent’s Ernest and Eleonore (Allard) Socquet and his daughter Tami (Socquet) Mayers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Margaret (Sachse), his son Paul J. Socquet Jr. and his wife Amy, his daughter Gail Pearson and her fiancé Jonathan Bevins, his son-in-law, Robert Mayers, and his step-children, Steven Curtiss and his wife Keri, and Paul Curtiss and his wife Beth. Paul also leaves his grandchildren Kaeden and Keltyn Socquet, Ryan (Pearson) Sena, Corey Pearson, Kayleigh, Kyle, and Steven F. Curtiss, and his great-grandchildren, Ava Sena, Ella Pearson, Oliver Pearson, and Brantley Curtiss. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Louis Socquet, his sisters Jeanne O’Connor & Marguerite McDonald, and his brother-in-law Michael Sachse, as well as his favorite canine companion, “Dixie”.
Paul attended St. Anne’s School and Turners Falls High School and was a long-time member of St. Anne’s Church and communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls, MA.
He worked for the Socquet Family Hillside Farm, Agway, Valley View Apple Orchard, Rice Oil, and Roadway Express where he retired with a million-mile award for safe driving. In his retirement, he worked part-time at Bond Auto for several years.
Paul was an active member of his community. He was a member of the Lion’s Club for 25 years, having served as both the President and Vice President for a number of years. While he was President, he and his wife helped raise $5000 towards the Montague K-9 vehicle. He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones award, in recognition of his many years of dedication and service to the Lions. Paul was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #997 in Greenfield, MA.
He was an avid bowler and played in local leagues for many years and won numerous trophies. Paul and Margaret enjoyed traveling to many places, including Florida, Las Vegas, Alaska, The Panama Canal, Canada, Hawaii, Branson, and California. These trips gave them many happy memories.
A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Charlene Manor, Fr. Stan and the parishioners of Our Lady of Peace for all their thoughts and prayers. At Paul’s request, funeral services will be private with interment to take place at the convenience of his family in Calvary Cemetery, Greenfield, MA. Visiting hours are omitted. Expressions of affection are suggested in lieu of flowers, to the American Cancer Society, 330 Whitney Ave #420, Holyoke, MA 01040 (on line at https://donate3.cancer.org/) or to Pioneer Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.
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