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McGreevy, Paul Francis

mcgreervyDecember 5. 2020

McGREEVY, Paul Francis Dec. 9, 1930 - Dec. 5, 2020 Paul was born in Lowell, MA. He completed BA & MA programs in Boston prior to moving to Peru & Ecuador with the St. James Society, where he was involved in Education and Community Development.He returned to the US & trained in the field of Psychology with the VA prior to working in their hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.In 1971, he moved to Philadelphia and earned his M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees in Psychology at Temple University. He worked for Phila school district until 1979, when he was offered a position as Bilingual Psychologist with the Chula Vista, CA School District.He earned his 2nd Doctoral degree, a Juris Doctor (J.D.), in 1986 from the University of San Diego & was admitted to the Bar in CA & numerous other states. He retired from Chula Vista Elementary Schools in 1991. Paul worked for the Superior Ct. of CA as Hearing Officer in several County Jails and LPS Hospitals. He subsequently served as Small Claims Judge and Administrative Law Judge ProTem.He is survived by Martha, his best friend and wife of 49 years. He died 4 days short of his 90th birthday. Paul is also survived by his sister Ann Marie Gorski, his niece JoEllen Dunne (Jim), nephew Paul Gorski (Linda), and Martha's brother and sister Bill Niedzwiecki and Helen Strahan. He was predeceased by his parents, Ellen & Peter McGreevy.Paul will be buried in St. Patrick's cemetery in Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to St. James Society, 24 Clark St., Boston, MA 02109.

Paul was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston and was assigned to St. James Society in Peru & Ecuador.  His legal expertise was helpful many years later advising and working with Bill Manseau on the CORPUS Pension Advocacy Program.  See below:

Paul Francis McGreevy was 6 years my senior and because we both grew up in St. Margaret Parish in Lowell, MA and were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston I felt a particular kinship with him. That became a lot stronger when I was on the CORPUS Board and Paul contacted me about the need for advocacy on the issue of the earned retirement benefits which were being denied to priests who had resigned in good standing and for honorable purposes. Paul was an attorney at the time and a  resigned priest classmate and colleague from Boston had been denied his retirement benefits. Paul responded robustly to the need for justice on the issue. He was a trailblazer in that regard. He contacted me and we resolved to work together. I was able to build on what he was doing under his guidance. As a result, a number of priests across the USA were able to receive their earned pensions until the clergy sex abuse scandal took center stage and a lof of money out of the Church's coffers which could have gone to pensions for resigned priests. Paul was a dynamo. Many of us are in his debt. May he rest in a well deserved peace.