Paul Edward Mallon, 88, passed away peacefully on his birthday, June 4, 2018. He was born June 4, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Francis Mallon and Ann Downs of County Antrim, Belfast, Ireland. He lived the early parts of his life in Detroit, before moving his family to Grosse Pointe in 1969, then retiring to Tampa in 1988. When his beloved wife Mary Jo passed away in 2013, he moved to Maryland to be with son Timothy and family.
Left behind to remember his love are daughter Peggy, sons Timothy, Michael, and Patrick, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Paul was an avid sportsman, an All-City Center for the Holy Redeemer Lions High School basketball team in 1948, and an over-the-top fan of his beloved Detroit Red Wings. He loved to fish and to take his family camping. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and came home to earn a degree from the College of Business Administration, University of Detroit.
But most of all he touched his friends and family with a unique sense of humor, generosity, quiet exercise of his Catholic faith, and an uncanny ability to be the life of the party. He was the go-to guy to make impromptu speeches at social events and gatherings. A two-time Salesman of the year with his company, he lived the life of a graceful Irishman with an innate trait to make everyone feel welcome.
“My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
Paul had the highest respect for the dignity of hospice care, and asks that any memorial donations be made to one’s hospice care center of choice.