Monson-Thanooe P. Paul, passed away from Small Cell lung cancer, on Saturday November 12, 2022 at the young age of 34 surrounded by love of family. It was determined he acquired this cancer due to exposure from burn pits, during his active service between 2007-2008. #pactact. Thanooe was in the Army for 9 years, he went on two tours – to Iraq and Kuwait and a partial to Afghanistan. He was also a Cannon Crew member for one of those years. He received many Medals including: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Campaign star, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional, Army Service Ribbon, 2nd Award – Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Thanooe loved his country, he was a true Patriot.
He had a greater than a three year fight with this cancer. He endured 8 treatment rounds of chemo, a half a dozen sessions of radiation, Immunotherapy and a Mass General cancer treatment trial. All these things were to fight this cancer to give him more quality time with his family. No one ever gave up hope until it finally took over. His Army friends nick named him “Battle”, and he truly did try so hard to fight this fight with all he could.
During the last three years of this life he spent as much time as possible building memories with his family and extended family. This was so important to him. He even started recording science experiments with his daughter on YouTube, so she could look back on those times and remember him. He and his wife bought a home, adopted the family dog and participated in many of the town events. They have been active in sports, scouts and dance with their daughter. "My Daddy was my hero - he was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things, but most of all he was fun." Bindi Irwin"
Thanooe put his family first. He loved cooking, fishing, hiking, traveling and his community. He loved football, the Patriots were his team, but Tom Brady was his player.
Thanooe leaves his loving wife, Amanda L (Greiter) Paul and their daughter Ava L. Paul; his mother, Donna L (Paul) Darling of Rhode Island; his sisters, who he loved dearly, Elizabeth Paul, Sara Paul and Sabrina Paul all of Rhode Island, Crystal Beas of California and Joleen Darling of Georgia, along with many extended family members and friends. Thanooe's loss has devastated the entire family. He was so proud of all of them. He was a devoted husband, father, son, son-in law, brother, brother in-law, uncle and friend. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we deeply love becomes a part of us." Hellen Keller". The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of care and compassion from family, friends and community during this difficult time.
Lombard Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, November 20, 2022 form 1-4 at the funeral home located at 3 Bridge St. in Monson. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home Monday November 21, 2022 from 9-10am for a procession to The Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam for an 11am committal service with Military Honors.
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