Paul Lord's Story
Paul Lord Whitley of Andover, died peacefully on Friday, February 17, surrounded by the love of his wife, children, and grandchildren and under the care of the compassionate staff of the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.
Paul was born in Newark, N.J., and was the son of the late Walter and Ethel Lord Whitley. He spent his early years in Methuen before moving to Andover, where he graduated from Punchard High School in 1954. At Punchard High School he excelled in football, basketball, and track and was named the most outstanding athlete of his graduating class. He continued to play football while studying education at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and was the outstanding fullback of the 1956-57 Yankee Conference Champions. He was later inducted into the Andover Punchard High Sports Hall of Fame. He was a proud graduate of UConn and later received his M.A. in Education from North Adams State College. Paul served in the U.S. Army after college and was a member of the Third Armored Division in both Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany.
Paul especially enjoyed his family, travel, teaching, and sports. His coaching and teaching career started at North Adams, MA and continued in Stoneham and Billerica, where he was a biology teacher and head coach of football and track teams. His abiding enthusiasm for sports led him to a career change when he became president of Whitland Fitness Corporation, which sold athletic equipment and manufactured high jump pits for meets large and small, from Madison Square Garden to local high school gymnasiums. His enjoyment of sports and his alma mater continued right up to watching the UConn Women’s basketball team win their historic 100th game in a row from his hospital bed.
As a youth he sang in the boys’ choir at Grace Episcopal Church, Lawrence. He later became a lifelong member of Christ Church, Andover and served at various times as usher, vestryman, and building committee member. He also took great pleasure in travelling with his family. Camping and road trips across the country were complemented by sojourns to Europe, where he made lasting connections with friends and family, especially in Germany.
Paul will be greatly missed by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 58 years Lesley (Westfall) Whitley; his four devoted daughters and their spouses, Paige Whitley and her husband, David Dollar of Chevy Chase, Md., Paula Whitley-Miner and her husband Ronald Miner of Norwich, Conn.; Lauren Whitley of Waltham, Layne Whitley of Tilton, N.H.; his German AFS daughter Simone Tavenrath and family of Marburg, Germany; and his grandchildren, Isabel and Evan Dollar and Regan and Brenna Miner.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to a memorial service for Paul at Christ Church in Andover, on Saturday, March 4th at 11 a.m. A reception with the family will follow the service. A private family burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at West Parish Garden Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, MA and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
Published on  February 23, 2017