Paul J. Andrews

January 1, 2022

Paul J. Andrews

The Funeral Mass will be lived streamed via St. Charles website on Saturday, January 8th at 10 a.m.

Paul J. Andrews – of Woburn, peacefully, January 1st at the age of eighty- four. Beloved husband of Janet (Duran) Andrews. Proud father of Paul J. Andrews, his wife Dianne Kenzy – Andrews of SD, Kevin T. Andrews, his wife Julissa Rivera and Marcia Andrews, all of Woburn. Cherished grandfather of Thomas, Jeffrey, Brady, Paul, Jacqueline and David. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday morning, January 8th at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, January 7th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Please, in lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Andrews to Cambridge-Somerville Catholic Charities, 270 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 or to Paul J. Andrews Scholarship Fund c/o Woburn High School 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801

Paul J. Andrews, Former Superintendent of Schools for the City of Woburn, who was a friend to all and a mentor to hundreds of educators, passed away January 1st at the age of eighty-four.

Andrews, a lifelong native of Woburn, was the was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Harkins) Andrews, who lived for years in the Green and Mount Pleasant Street area of Woburn.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet Louise (Duran) Andrews of Woburn, his daughter Marcia, his son Kevin and his wife Julissa, and his son Paul and his wife Dianne and his grandchildren, Thomas, Jeffrey, Brady, Paul, Jacqueline, and David Andrews. 

A graduate of St. Charles and Boston College High School, Mr. Andrews received his A.B. from Boston College (Class of 1959) and his M.Ed. from Boston State College, later doing advanced graduate work at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Boston University, and Boston College.

Mr. Andrews began his long educational career in 1961 teaching Biology and Physical Sciences at McCall Jr. High School in Winchester and Advance Placement classes and Winchester High School.  He left the Winchester Schools in 1968 to become Project Director for the Office of Health and Human Development in the Bureau of Student Services in the Massachusetts Department of Education, where he served until 1976.  During his tenure with DoE, Andrews authored several publications which were used by administrators and educators throughout Massachusetts in formulating classes and programs for drug education and awareness.

Following three years as a member of the Woburn School Committee, including one as Chairman, Andrews was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Woburn School Department where he served for five years.

In 1981, Andrews became the first-ever Woburn native appointed as Superintendent of the Woburn Public Schools.  He took over during one of the most difficult times in the School Department’s history as budget cuts created by Proposition 2 ½ imposed staffing cuts and school closures.  Nonetheless, he diligently worked to develop a spirit of harmony and increased morale among all staff members, despite these economic hardships, ultimately creating a spirit of cooperation and teamwork between administration and staff to better serve the students of Woburn.  He also tackled the logistical challenges of developing a fully coordinated central office staff and overseeing the renovation of many of the City’s schools, including the fire gutted Linscott School in North Woburn.  He also worked to create innovative programs such as his close collaboration the with the Judges and staff of the Woburn District in developing programs addressing changes in the law, along with the establishment of workshops for staff on topics from child abuse to basic teaching skills.

His hard work and creative leadership were acknowledged by his colleagues across Massachusetts who elected him as the President of the Harvard Superintendents Roundtable, Executive Board Member for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, President of the Merrimack Valley Superintendents Association, Chairman of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s School Superintendents Advisory Board, and Chairman of the LAWW Education and Industry Advisory Board. 

Following his retirement as Superintendent of Schools in 1994, Andrews joined the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents where he served for 28 years as the Director of Professional Development and Government Services.  While at M.A.S.S. he instituted and oversaw various training programs for Superintendents across the Commonwealth, culminating in the Group’s annual Summer Institute on Cape Cod, which Andrews initiated shortly after joining M.A.S.S.  In recognition of his efforts in training hundreds of school superintendents, the event was renamed the “Paul J. Andrews Executive Institute” in July 2019.

In addition to his work with M.A.S.S., Andrews was a member of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Professional Certification and Review Board; President and Founder of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Project Alliance Partnerships for Youth; and Chairman of the Mystic Valley Mental Health Association.

In 1981, Andrews was invited to join the Board of Directors of Winchester Hospital.  In 1999, Andrews was elected Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors, a position he held for 20 years, making him the longest serving Chairman in the Hospital’s history.  During his tenure as Chairman, Andrews oversaw the expansion of the Hospital’s Emergency Room and its acquisition of the Cancer and Surgery Center on Washington Street in Winchester.  His most notable achievement during his tenure as Chairman was orchestrating the merger of Winchester Hospital and Lahey Health in 2014.  After 40 years of service, Andrews was recently referred to as the “heart and soul” of Winchester Hospital.

For over 60 years Andrews had a close affiliation with the Daily Times Chronicle, beginning in 1961 when he submitted an article from Washington on his personal experience as an invited usher at the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy and the subsequent Inaugural Gala. During his early teaching years Andrews worked summers with the then-Woburn Daily Times, covering a variety of news events, particularly fires. In addition, Andrews undertook the task of ‘obituary writing’ which he saw as the last chance to bring a former resident into contract with the Times Chronicle readers.  As Superintendent he wrote a weekly column, “Happenings in Education,” which he saw as a way to keep the citizens of Woburn informed about issues impacting the children of the city.  He later originated ‘KAP Photos’ named for Janet and Paul’s two sons Kevin and Paul, later to be joined by their sister Marcia, which photographed news and social events in the Woburn-Burlington-Winchester area and continues operate to this day.  He maintained his love for journalism throughout his life and enjoyed his many friendships with members of the Daily Times Chronicle family. 

Despite his very busy life, Andrews enjoyed his all too seldom quiet time with his wife Janet and their children and later, their grandchildren.  One of the highlights of his life was the 1987 trip he and his beloved wife had as they traveled to Ireland to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary going from Shannon Airport to all corners of the beautiful Irish countryside.  Of particular enjoyment to him were the weeks he spent with his family every summer in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod.  He liked nothing better than taking leisurely boat rides with his family around Lewis Bay and enjoying the chance to escape his many responsibilities.  Having “recharged his batteries” he was always eager to get back to work, whether serving the children and citizens of Woburn, his fellow educators, or simply anyone who needed it, Paul Andrews’s life was truly one dedicated to service to others. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday morning, January 8th at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, January 7th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

The former Superintendent and his family have asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to the Woburn Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 22, Woburn, MA 01801 ( or the Catholic Charities,    

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday morning, January 8th at 10 a.m. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, January 7th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Please, in lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Andrews to Cambridge-Somerville Catholic Charities, 270 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 or to Paul J. Andrews Scholarship Fund c/o Woburn High School 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801


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  1. Betty and Jim Foley

    Dear Andrews Family
    Although I had known Paul since our school days together, and was aware of many of his activities, I had no idea how many and far ranging they were. He certainly gave of himself for the betterment of others. Please accept Betty and my sincere condolences on your loss.

  2. My sincere sympathy for your loss. I had the privelege of knowing Paul through my work at the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. He was dedicated and passionate about his work. His sense of humor served him well. May memories sustain you during this difficult time.
    Joanne Rys

  3. Mildred and jack kelly

    Janet and family. Jack and I were so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Over the years we have shared good times and his help and advice were priceless. We have many fond memories of dinners, school events, weddings and graduations, but especially our trip to many pictures so much fun. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Millie and jack Kelly

  4. Dear Andrews Family,
    Please know that Paul was so special to all of us! He was always ready to help a colleague at any moment. It was an honor to know him! Most recently he cut out an article from the paper and sent it to me with congratulations on the topping off ceremony for the new school we are building. That was Paul-always there with a friendly face and positive support. I used to enjoy his summer drop in visits at my Cape Cod office when he would drop by to print something out or use a copier. It always gave us a few minutes to catch up. Please know how much he was loved by his superintendent community!
    You all will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead! Bless you all! Carol Woodbury

  5. To the Andrews Family: Paul became a dear friend when we worked together on Project Alliance, a nonprofit organization of schools, police, fire, and the Middlesex DA’s office. Paul was a leader and supporter of programming and relationships to make schools safer for all students and teachers. His commitment and contribution cannot be overstated. The last time I saw Paul, he was cheerfully picking up some items in a Woburn grocery store! He left a big footprint and he will be missed.

  6. Jim and Alice Doherty

    Dear Bob Duran, sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, we couldn’t make the service as Jimmy was in the hospital at the time, our condolences go out to Janet as well, our prayers are with him and his family. Love Jimmy and Alice Doherty

  7. I will always remember our work together on the DESE license panels. He was an amazing educator and mentor to all of us in the field of education. He will be missed

  8. joan ellen carr

    Andrews family we have many great memories of all of you on Lewis Bay every summer. Paul had so much fun with his family and we were all lucky to know him and Janet. The Carr family

  9. Dear Andrews Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Paul. He was a very kind and thoughtful person who did much for many people during his long career. I appreciated his encouraging support when I became Superintendent in Arlington. He will be missed.

    I always looked forward to reading his column in The Daily Times and will miss his wise and insightful comments, as will many people.

    Prayers for your comfort and peace.

    Kathleen Bodie

  10. Marsha, so sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember himself school sup. I’m glad I got to meet him.
    I’ll be thinking of you.

  11. Marcia, On behalf of the Woburn Middlesex Lions Club we offer our sincere sympathy in the passing of your father.
    Donna King, President
    Woburn Middlesex Lions Club

  12. Dennis Naughton

    Paul was a kind person, someone you were glad to see coming and who made you smile when you saw that he was in the room. I offer my sincerest condolences to Paul’s family.

  13. Kathleen O'Doherty

    Dear Marcia: my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.
    Kathy O’Doherty

  14. Thomas Consolati

    Paul helped with much timely and effective professional advice over many years. He also helped me to stay upbeat during the trying times. I feel blessed to have worked with him and will miss him immensely.

    Tom Consolati

  15. A dedicated educator and truly the nicest person I’ve ever worked with. He made me smile every time I saw him.

  16. Paul was more than a friend and colleague. He was a motivator and inspiration for those who were fortunate enough to cross his path. As a colleague on the Woburn School Committee and a fellow Woburnite, he was an important part of my life. Paul was a leader but he also had a sense of humor and could have fun wherever he was. His loyalty inspired loyalty, as evidenced by the many, many people who called him “friend.”Thank you, Paul, for being my friend.

  17. Karen and Mike Manna

    Marcia, our deepest condolences to you and your family as your father did so much for so many children.

  18. Carol Youngclaus

    I did not know Paul Andrews well at all, and having read some of his history and accomplishments here, I wish I had. My condolences to the entire family, and particularly to you, Marcia, who I have gotten to know better over the past few years. I wish you some measure of comfort in the tributes from your friends and neighbors in Woburn.

  19. I’ve known Paul since we were Altar Boys at St. Charles over (Yikes!) 70 years ago. Later we served together for many years on the School Committee and when he became Superintendent. We discussed and debated countless issues and not infrequently on opposite sides, but remained friends to this day. I’m totally shocked and saddened by his passing and extend my deepest condolences to Janet, Paul, Kevin and Marcia. Paul’s energy and “always positive and upbeat” ” attitude will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  20. Jannell Campbell

    I met him this summer at the conference. He said keep going and learn all you can. God Speed.

  21. Paul and I first worked together in the early 70’s at the Department of Education until he left to become Superintendent of the Woburn School District. Our paths crossed occasionally over the years but it was clear that Paul found his metier at MASS where he mentored so many new Superintendents and befriended those well established. He will be missed by all. My sincerest condolences to the Andrews’ family and Paul’s family at MASS.

  22. Dr. Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D.

    To the Andrews Family: With much sorrow and sadness I have read of Paul’s passing. My condolences and sympathies are extended to you.

  23. Frank Markiewicz

    Andrews family, sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. It is a great memory of mine serving on the Woburn School Committee and working with Paul, he certainly worked diligently as Superintendent to serve the students and citizens of Woburn. His impact as a educator and mentor over the years is far reaching and greatly appreciated by many. RIP

  24. Bonny and John Gifford

    Dear Andrews family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. His dedication, wisdom and kindness will be sorely missed. His love for the profession and his colleagues were evident in everything he did. I always enjoyed chatting with him at our various functions and loved working with him on the PD committee. I can still hear his laugh! Please accept our sincere condolences.

  25. Eileen Williams

    My sympathy on your loss. Paul’s was a life well lived, always in support of students, families and his fellow educators. It was a privilege to have worked with him.

  26. Bobbie D'Alessandro

    When I arrived as Superintendent in Cambridge from Florida, Paul welcomed me immediately. Over the years we have worked on many projects. He was always there to help when needed. He was a man of honor and I will always remember his wisdom and thoughtfulness. He will be missed by all.

  27. Irene M. DeCata

    Marcia I am so sorry for your loss. Please express my heartfelt condolences to your family.
    Irene DeCata

  28. Margaret Valentine

    Condolences to you and your family. Your father meant a great deal Woburn School system, St Charles, most of all your family. Embrace the support you receive and memories of him.
    Rick, Margaret & Emma

  29. Please accept my condolences on the passing of this wonderful man. I was lucky to work with Paul and watched him give patient and grounded advice to so many educators, counselors and administrators on their respective journeys. Paul was a champion, an ever-present trusted resource, a mentor and my friend.

  30. Janet, Marcia, Kevin and Paul, I am so sorry to hear about Paul. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Paul was a wonderful friend and mentor to me through my years in the Woburn School system and my years in the State Legislature. He was beloved in Woburn and throughout the State for his devotion to helping others. Job well done – a good and faithful servant. May he Rest in Peace.

  31. My heart goes out to you Marcia and to your family. I loved chatting with your dad when I came to visit Mom. He was always interested in my opinions. He never forgot that I went to Fitchburg State University and was always giving me little gifts he got from his friend Bobby. I can still see the pride on his face when your mom won the Educational Support Person of the year from the Mass Teachers Association. He had received so many awards himself but this one meant a lot to him. You are so lucky to have had two amazing parents in your life. Hold onto the memories.

  32. Chris & Nancy Doherty

    So very sorry for the loss of you Dad. Sending our thoughts & prayers to you & your family.

  33. Janet& Family.

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Paul was the best! One of a kind! A remarkable Man!
    May the reflection of amazing memories bring you comfort and solace in the days ahead.

    Mike & Joanie Daggett

  34. Mary Contalonis Regan

    There’s not enough room on this website to do Paul justice! A great educator, and superintendent but more than that a great friend! Mary and George Contalonis, Sr. were friends for a long time! Paul will be missed amongst his family and fellow colleagues! God speed!

  35. Katherine Craven

    So much love for Paul Andrews, my friend of 25 years. He changed my life for the better. I am grateful for his friendship and wisdom and am shocked that he won’t be with us one phone call away.

  36. Robert V. Antonucci

    Janet and family,
    Our since sympathy to you on the loss of Paul. He truly was an outstanding individual who did so much for so many. He was a special friend and we had many happy times together when we served as Superintendents and when I was Commissioner. He will be missed. Jeanne and I offer our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
    Bob Antonucci

  37. Charlie Culhane

    Andrew’s 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

  38. Lois Ferullo-Friedrich

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Ed and Lois Friedrich

  39. Robert Andrews Family

    So very sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. Sending much sympathy and prayers for the family….BoB & Veronica Andrews & Family

  40. margarette masotta

    Dear Janet, My memories of Paul are his valuable friendship and his help and advise over many years. His kindness and patience I appreciated. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and everyone who this great loss has effected. He has become part of my favorite memories Love Margarette Masotta

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