Paul Francis McCauley

  • Born: July 6, 1947
  • Died: September 29, 2019
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Craft-Givnish Funeral Home of Abington, Ltd.

1801 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001

Tel. (215) 659-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

On Sunday September 29th, Paul Francis McCauley lost his battle with cancer and passed away at the age of 72. Paul was born in Philadelphia on July 6th, 1947 as the second child of Frank and Dorothy McCauley (his older sister Helen McCauley Helfrich passed in 2017, while Paul is survived by his sister Maureen McCauley and brother Joe McCauley). Paul spent his formative years in the beloved town of Kennett Square, PA, and survived the first eight grades at St. Patrick's Catholic School until transitioning to Kennett High School for grades nine through twelve. While at St. Patrick's, Paul frequently raised the ire of the priests due to his antics as an altar boy, and they were relieved that Paul never expressed an interest in a vocation for the priesthood.
          Early on Paul did express an interest in anything mechanical, and at the age of 16 caused a family crisis by pulling the engine out of the family Volkswagen – all was forgiven when he was able to put the pieces back together with no apparent harm. Paul was a mathematical wiz in high school, and would frequently bore his siblings with the intricacies of the slide rule. He was also proud to recite Pi out to dozens of digits – also without any encouragement from family members.  Paul subsequently put his mechanical aptitude to good use by getting a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Drexel University while working the co-op program at Westinghouse, and immediately went to work for Westinghouse Corporation in Lester, PA after graduation from Drexel in 1970 (Paul was especially proud of the fact that Drexel has never lost a football game). Paul worked with Westinghouse at the Lester plant until they moved the engineers to Orlando. Paul and his friend Dan Buquoi decided to bicycle from Philadelphia to Orlando – 1,300 miles in three weeks. Eventually they took their bikes to Ireland and toured the island. In total, Paul was proud that he put 130,000 miles on his bicycle (a figure we all questioned behind his back).
         Paul was very active in Boy Scout Troop 53 in Kennett Square; received the Ad Altre Dei Scouting Religious Award in 1961; achieved Eagle Scout status in 1964; and ultimately went on to serve as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 53. Ironically, while Paul loved Troop 53 and all the associated cold-weather camping activities, in later years his house temperature in Florida had to be 78 or above. When Paul arrived in Florida there was no troop in his area so he organized a new unit (Boy Scout Troop 205 - which is still active) and served as their first Scout Master for 10 years.
          Paul was a life-long bachelor; nonetheless he freely dispensed child-rearing advice to his relatives and friends – all of which was ignored. Regardless, Paul was beloved by all his nieces and nephews – possibly as they felt he was a kindred spirit in their antics. They often referred to him as their "crazy Uncle Paul" – due in part to Paul promising that if they unscrewed their dog or cat's head they'd find chocolate (no animals were harmed as their parents would quickly explain that Uncle Paul was just kidding). Paul was the quintessential engineer, and never bought into the "dress for success" mantra – Paul dressed for comfort, despite any embarrassment experienced by his relatives or friends.  
          Paul was an avid motorcycle enthusiast starting in his early 20's, and was blessed to be able to ride on countless trips with his like-minded friends for 50 years. The path through the garage into his Florida house was always circuitous due to the six or seven motorcycles stored in his garage at any one time, and typically motor cycle parts (or car parts) were in at least five rooms in the house.
          Paul was beloved by all and will be sorely missed for his sense of humor and overall decency – he was taken from us all too early but can now share his humor with our loved ones in Heaven (and hopefully his fondest wish of finding a good-looking blonde who's crazy over short, fat, bald-headed Irishmen will now come true)!

In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made in Paul's memory to the American Cancer Society…


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found out about Paul's death on November 9th. At the time I met Paul, he was post Drexel, working for Westinghouse, living in Folcroft, and proudly driving his Datsun 240 Z. Paul was so funny. His humorous quotes, stories, and family tales (all in loving humor) had me laughing silly. Remember his famous quote?--"Thin is in, but fat's where it's at." Paul was well-versed in just about every subject. You didn't need to hire a docent at a historical museum or park. You could just listen to Paul - he volunteered all the history and could almost bring wartime battles to life. Although not always followed, Paul gave good, well-meaning advise. Paul was missed by many from this area when he moved to Florida. His belongings and automobile went down by truck, but he bicycled the 1300 miles and made Florida his home. In the 1970's, there were't many ways to record your favorite music. Not to deter Paul, he owned a large, wheeled tape recorder with speakers. The first song on the tape may have been his favorite. It was "Here Comes the Sun". . . (it's all right). Paul McCauley brought his own sunshine to so many. That's how I will remember him.

Isabel McLauchlan, friend, Warminster, PA. November14, 2019

Posted by Isabel McLauchlan - Warminster, PA - Friend   November 14, 2019

great obit -paul will be missed rip

Posted by john r. thomas - kennett sq, PA - Acquaintance   October 03, 2019

Paul lived next door to my Aunt Wanda in Winter Park, FL and he was a kind, gentle person. When I used to visit her I would enjoy the conversations Paul and I had and the stories he told. The one that stood out was the time he told me how he got to Orlando from Philly. He rode his.. bicycle down the whole way which blew me away. My Aunt nicknamed him Wilson after the tv show Home Improvement. I hope there are Honda Gold Wings in heaven Paul. Rest in Paradise.

Posted by Brett - Reston, VA - friend   October 03, 2019

"Paul, we will miss you very much. We love you and thought a lot of you. Who else would call and offer someone to stay at their house during a hurricane when he was away. And always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Paul we will also miss your delicious homemade breads you would always bring to a Chapter function.

Posted by Dale & Helen Raesly - Orlando, FL - Friend   October 03, 2019

We met Paul at Westinghouse in Lester. He was a dear friend for many years, and he will be sorely missed. If you ever needed help with something, all you had to do was ask, and Paul would be there to provide both levity and assistance. If you ever wanted advice on any subject(or even if you didn't), he was there to volunteer an opinion.

After the Westinghouse migration to Florida, Paul assumed the role of informal social activities organizer for a number of the young (or relatively young) single professionals that moved down with him, organizing countless Friday evening get-togethers, camping trips, and other activities. One happy result of Paul's social machinations is that Dan and I (who had previously known each other only slightly) got together, and are still together to this day. Fittingly, Paul was the best man at our wedding, and we consider him to be one of the best men and best friends that we have ever known.

Speaking for myself, Daniel, and when we were on our bicycle trip, I had the privilege of having Paul as my private Civil War historian when we biked through many Civil War cites. Paul was very well read on the history of the Civil War.


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Rest in Peace, our friend.

Posted by Daniel and Vivian Buquoi - MONTEAGLE, TN - Friend   October 03, 2019

Paul was a dear friend of my late husband Eddie. I will remember him with fondness and a smile.
Joan Coffin

Posted by Joan Coffin - Kingston, PA - Friend   October 03, 2019

Sorry for the family's loss!
God bless you all!!

Posted by Sandi Seaworth - Wellington, CO   October 03, 2019

Maureen and family. I just wish I had known your brother after reading his obituary. You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Christina Lennox - Collegeville, PA - Friend   October 03, 2019

I have many great memories of Paul from when I was younger. I'll never forget his rough demeanor, though I, and everyone else who knew him, knows he had a good heart. I feel blessed to have had him as a small part of my life.

Posted by Nathan Shaw - Harrisonburg, VA - Family Friend   October 03, 2019

I know Paul because he was a friend of my Dad's from Westinghouse. I absolutely loved all of his stories and just his company (and emails) would make me happy! My love and prayers for him and his family will continue to flow, as someone as loved as he is especially missed! Debbie Goss (Hutter)

Posted by Deborah Goss - Hackensack, NJ - Friend   October 03, 2019

Paul was a friend for over twenty-two years after he joined the plant engineering group at Westinghouse. I had the pleasure of planning and conducting Paul's retirement celebration dinner. Early on we started a tradition of going out for lunch on Fridays and continued this for many years after our retirements. Paul was always there to help out if needed, whether it was a loan of a vehicle or tool, or a hand in building or repairing something. Paul always spoke with pride of his scouts, his school which never lost a football game, his bike ride down from Philadelphia to Orlando, his early years developing heat balances for steam turbines, and his automobiles and motorcycles.

I am thankful that I was able to get to know Paul over the years.

Paul, Rest in Peace!

Bill Turman

If I can assist the family to resolve any issues in Orlando, please feel free to contact me at 407-413-2950.

Posted by Bill Turman - Oviedo, FL - Friend   October 02, 2019

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