The Mashpee Public Schools’ beloved business administrator, Paul Funk, of West Harwich died Monday, October 5, due to illness. He was 75.
Mr. Funk retired from his position at the Mashpee schools this summer. His last day of work was August 21.
“The last night I saw Paul was at the school committee meeting [August 19],” said George Schmidt, chairman of the Mashpee School Committee. “At that point we did not know about his illness and neither did he.”
“The loss of our beloved Paul Funk is heartbreaking,” Superintendent Patricia DeBoer said. “We are still in disbelief that his illness took him so fast.”
Since 2003, Mr. Funk had worked for the Mashpee Public Schools. Prior to that, he served as the business administrator at other schools within the commonwealth and was a public school teacher for more than 20 years.
“He was an encyclopedia of knowledge,” Mr. Schmidt said. “Any question you asked him he didn’t need to research it, he already knew the answer. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the department and the school committee.”
Assistant Superintendent Hope Hanscom said she feels lucky to have learned from Mr. Funk’s wisdom.
“In addition to his remarkable knowledge of school finance, Paul was a friend to all and made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. We have all lost a champion of public education and I will forever miss my friend,” Ms. Hanscom said.
“His sense of style was unparalleled…he loved his Vineyard Vines…as was his sense of humor,” Ms. Hanscom said.
Mashpee School Committee member Geoffrey Gorman said he was routinely amazed by Mr. Funk’s work ethic and constant desire to do what is best for the students.
“It would not be hyperbole to express that the school district and Mashpee as a whole are better places due to his accomplishments as the business administrator,” Mr. Gorman said.
Due to COVID-19, there will not be visiting hours. Instead, friends and family are invited to attend a funeral Mass in Wakefield Friday, October 9, according to the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Homes.