Former Mashpee resident Paul Anthony Tedesco, 87, died at home January 3 after a battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Tedesco moved from Mashpee to Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 2009.
He was the husband of Catherine (Lavin) Tedesco, to whom he was married for 63 years. The couple met at a church dance.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, he was the only child of Paul M. and Caterina Tedesco. Upon his graduation from The City College of New York, he joined the Navy and went to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
Mr. Tedesco served on Midway Island in the South Pacific as a meteorology officer, leading to other Cold War duties in the Navy Reserve, including electronic warfare officer, through the 1960s and 1970s. He retired with the rank of commander.
He and his wife raised four children in three New York towns: Tappan, Dobbs Ferry and Armonk. During this time, Mr. Tedesco earned his master’s degree. His career as a civil engineer took him to Australia, Iran, Europe and Asia; on one of his last trips, he was confined in his Jakarta hotel room for days as unrest gripped Indonesia. He also worked on domestic projects that included upgrading the Northeast Corridor for high-speed trains and, early in his career with American Electric Power, transmission towers in the Midwest.
His last project came after his retirement from Gibbs & Hill (Raytheon), when he and his wife spent a winter in the Florida Keys while he finished his firm’s project improving the powerlines leading into Key West.
The Tedescos spent 10 years of their retirement in Mashpee, hosting their children and grandchildren for extended summer weekends. They attended church at Parish of Christ the King, where they served as Eucharistic ministers and Mr. Tedesco was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Tedesco played golf regularly and scored a hole-in-one at the Falcon Golf Club at Joint Base Cape Cod.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his two sons and two daughters and their spouses; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private.