Paul R. Callan, 83

Aug 30, 2016

Attorney Paul R. Callan, of Mattapoisett, formerly of Middleborough, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 27. He was 83.

Paul was the devoted husband of Mary K. (Rudolph) Callan, and the loving father of four children who survive him: Paul F. Callan of San Diego, California; Susan E. Callan and her husband, Stephen Morris of Falmouth; Claire A. Callan of Falmouth; and Mary A. Callan of Boston. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Jessica, Alyssa, Brianne, Ashley, Michael, Olivia, Conor and Maeve; eight great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Terry Sparrow; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ann (Callan) O'Connell.

Born and raised in Middleborough, Paul was the son of the late Honorable Luke Francis Callan and Bertha (Gibney) Callan. He was graduated from Middleborough High School in 1950, and from Bates College in 1954, and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Mary, in 1957.

After graduating from Boston University Law School in 1959, Paul practiced law with Judge Callan until his death, and then continued to operate a successful law practice in Middleborough for over 40 years. He was chief counsel for Mayflower Bank, and served on its Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hannah BG Shaw Home in Middleborough for over 50 years, and was involved in many community and civic organizations.

Paul was an avid sports fan, and especially fond of collegiate athletics. He was rarely seen without his cap bearing the insignia of Notre Dame – perhaps his favorite place on earth (other than home) – which he referred to as “God’s Country.”

His family and several lucky friends were fortunate enough to “experience” a Notre Dame football game with Paul. He was instrumental in the organization of the Youth Football program in Middleborough. Paul was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hannah BG Shaw Home 299 Wareham Street, Middleboro, MA 02346, or to Community Nurse Home Care/Hospice 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. His funeral mass will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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