Ret. Woburn Fire Chief Paul Tortolano

August 20, 2019

Ret. Woburn Fire Chief Paul Tortolano
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Vietnam War

Ret. Woburn Fire Chief Paul Tortolano – of Woburn, in Maine, August 20th at seventy-one years of age. Beloved husband of Donna (DeMonico) Tortolano. Devoted father of Laura L. Rebelo, her husband Neil of Woburn and Andrea M. Tortolano, her wife Christine of Wakefield. Loving brother of Philip Tortolano of CA and Ellen Tortolano of Melrose. Cherished Papa of Mia, Evan, Colin and Allison. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. A Prayer Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 28th at 12:30 p.m . Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. prior to the Service. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in Paul’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801 

Retired Fire Chief Paul Tortolano passed away suddenly while vacationing in Old Orchard, Maine.  The beloved husband of Donna Lee (DeMonico) Tortolano, he was seventy one years of age.

Born in Winchester, Paul was one of three children born to the late Silvio and Marjorie (Doucas) Tortolano.  Raised in the South End of Woburn, Paul had attended Woburn Schools, having graduated with the Class of 1967.  Following high school in September of 1968, Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served his country proudly until September 1974, during the Vietnam War.

In 1977, Paul married his sweetheart Donna, with whom he brought two lovely daughters into the world.  In 1976 the year before, Paul secured a position and was assigned to the Woburn Fire Department, as a Fire
Fighter and began his journey as a public servant for the City of Woburn.  He was elevated to lieutenant in December 1980 and promoted to captain on March 1, 1987. He had been serving as the interim chief since he succeeded Raymond Mooney Sr. in January 1998. He was a 22-year veteran when he achieved the rank and appointment of Chief of the Woburn Fire Department. Paul retired in 2013, after thirty-seven years of service.

Over those years, Paul had received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Salem State College in Fire Science Technology and his Master’s in Fire Science Administration.  During his tenure, Paul had often held two jobs. One position he held for a number of years, was with the National School Studios, where he would take individual photo’s in educational settings.  He also spent several years teaching night school to fire fighters, who were studying for promotions.

His family was truly his world.  He encouraged his daughter in sports and softball was their game!  They played from the time they were young through college graduation.  Paul was with them every step of the way.  They were both on city, high school, college and travel teams, all of which Paul was their number one fan.  He enjoyed every game and had the great pleasure of meeting and establishing many new friendships along the way. In addition, he was a vivid gardener, coin collector, dog lover, jokester and reveled in his Saturday card games with the guys. Nothing gave him more joy than working in his yard and doing activities with his family.

Paul and Donna have a beach house in Old Orchard where many family memories were made. They have enjoyed many summer vacations there over the years. It was a place filled with family, friends, love and laughter.

Paul was a very loving, supportive and dedicated gentleman.  He was an extremely hard worker and his loyalty was evident to all he came in contact with both personally and professionally.  In 2010, Paul became known as “Papa” which added a new dimension to his family, one that brought him great joy. He cherished time spent with his four grandchildren. His special relationship with them will be treasured in their hearts forever.

Beloved husband of Donna (DeMonico) Tortolano. Devoted father of Laura L. Rebelo, her husband Neil of Woburn and Andrea M. Tortolano, her wife Christine of Wakefield. Loving brother of Philip Tortolano of CA and Ellen Tortolano of Melrose. Cherished Papa of Mia, Evan, Colin and Allison. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

A Prayer Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 28th at 12:30 p.m . Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. prior to the Service. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in Paul’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

A Prayer Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 28th at 12:30 p.m . Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. prior to the Service.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Paul’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Margarette Masotta

    To the family of Paul, He will remain in some of my fondest memories. With my deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Love Mrs. Margarette Masotta

  2. Kathleen MacAdam

    Andrea, I was sorry to hear about your father. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathleen MacAdam

  3. Andrea & Family, I just heard today of your Dad’s passing, I wanted to express my sincerest condolences. I did not know your father personally, but knew of him well being in the fire service. He had a great reputation in the fire service as well. May He Rest in Peace & God Bless to you and your family.

  4. Joe and Vivian Fore

    Donna and family, Sorry for your loss. Paul has been in our prayers for quite a while. Our family are so glad, we got to know you all and have a lot of wonderful memories from it.And from his loving Mom, Marge.
    When I was 18 and in Vietnam, Paul was the one that I always went to for advice and my problems.
    Love, you all
    Joe Fore and family.

  5. Nicole Callahan

    Donna, Laura, Andrea, and family… I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr T’s passing. May you’re children, and family find peace. He’ll always be remembered by so many. God bless oxoxo

    Love,
    Nicole Callahan

  6. You will be missed, I enjoyed our years playing softball as rival coaches, But the times spent coaching our daughters together on allstars. Our heart and prayers go out to your family. A lot with my regrets of not keeping in closer touch.
    I will miss you Coach Tortalano
    Coach Wayne

  7. Michael J Casey

    Andrea, so sorry for your loss, by what I just read it seems evident that your Dad lived a couple of lifetimes in those 71 short years. I’m sure he’ll be missed by all. God Bless and Semper Fi!

  8. Dear Donna,
    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts
    and prayers.

    Kathy & Bill Russell

  9. Stephen, Jody, Mikayla & Marisa Smith

    Laura, Neil, Mia and Evan and the entire Torolano Family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  10. Kathie Anderson

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. But I am so glad to have been a part of your family for these many years, and to see Paul with all of you. There is no doubt of his love and devotion to you all.
    My best memories will be of the last few family get together, where I got to sit with Paul and chat about his pride in all of you, his hopes for his grandchildren, politics, nature, White Horse Beach, changes in the Woburn area over the years, changes in firefighting…he was truly a Renaissance man.
    As sad as I am that he is gone, I will take comfort in seeing him in all of you and hearing all the stories about your wonderful times together.
    Love, Kathie

  11. Lorraine Butler

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with him

  12. May God watch over you Paul.Dedicated fireman that did a lot for your town and it’s people.you will be missed.

  13. Dear Donna and Family, Please accept our Heartfelt Sympathy on your loss.
    Chuck, Jan and Patrick Callahan
    Ryan Callahan Family

  14. Charles Culhane

    Donna and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  15. Donna, so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for you and your
    family.

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