Richard A. Paulson, 83, of North Falmouth, died December 23 at Falmouth Hospital.

He was the husband of Gay (Campbell) Paulson for 48 years.

Born and raised in Brockton, he was the son of Raymond P. Paulson and Ethel F. (Hall) Paulson. He graduated from Brockton High School and Boston University with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

For many years, Mr. Paulson worked at AVCO, RCA, GTE and Raytheon as an environmental test engineer for government projects. One of the most rewarding parts of his career was being part of the first Apollo Moon project.

In his younger years he was an avid sports car racer, belonging to the SCCA and the Scudira. Later in his life he became an avid sailor. He and his wife sailed for many years, locally around the Cape and islands and also to the British Virgin Islands, often joining up with their friends.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Eric Paulson of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Raymond P. Paulson Jr. and Robert Paulson.

A celebration of his life will be Thursday, January 9, at 1 PM at the Courtyard Restaurant & Pub, 1337 County Road in Cataumet.

Burial will be private.

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