Paul B. Cousineau

Paul B. Cousineau

September 13th, 1946 April 30th, 2020

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Obituary for Paul B. Cousineau

On April 30th, Paul transitioned into the next phase of his journey, enveloped by the loving energy of his life-partner, Scott Leatherman and his chosen family, Patricia Vesey-McGrew and James McGrew. Born in 1946, a son of the late Joseph Emile Cousineau and Annette (Berard) Cousineau, Paul lived in Swansea, MA until his early twenties when he moved to the Boston/Cambridge area where he resided until his death at the age of seventy-three.

The hallmark of his life was his devotion to, and caring for, the disabled, the chronically infirm, and the acutely ill. Paul began his career as a nursing assistant at St. John of God Hospital in Brighton, MA and for the next forty plus years worked as a nurse at Youville Hospital in Cambridge. At the age of seventy, Paul retired his position as nurse practitioner at what had become Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He left a legacy of committed, compassionate, intelligent, and loving nursing care.

A deeply spiritual man, Paul was a student and practitioner of Roman and Eastern Catholicism, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism, and Jungian psychological studies. He was, at heart, a monastic and a mystic. This rich inner life was nurtured daily by his love of music.

Paul leaves behind his devoted life-partner, Scott Leatherman, a nephew, David Cousineau and his wife, Kayleigh, their children, Lydia, and David; sister-in-law, Patricia Cousineau; and chosen family, Carole Ann Spear, Patricia Vesey-McGrew, James McGrew and their children,spouses, and grandchildren; the Gerasev family. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Norbert Emile Cousineau.

Due to the current precautions surrounding COVID-19, all arrangements are private.

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Comment | Posted at 09:22am via Condolence

Maggie Cousineau-Arndt

Dear Scott, How lucky you were to share your life with my cousin Paul. Our two families spent many Sundays together. Paul was so much like his mom, Auntie Annette. Both were incredibly kind and loving.. In reading other folks' tributes to Paul, whom I didn't see much after our teen years, helped me remember just what a great person he was. I think the fruit cake he made at Christmas Time was his wonderful mom's recipe.
Posted at 09:44am

Susan Pruyn

Dear Scott, it has taken some time for me to write because I still can’t believe it’s true. I am broken hearted. Paul was a colleague, most rare friend since 1995. So many of us colleagues at YH, SHC feel your loss and this loss for all of Paul’s close family/friends. Although Paul retired prior to many of us -(so much respect for so many years of dedication to his patients and staff) - I felt he was ALWAYS with us. Paul was the epitome of the perfect nurse and an unmatched mentor. So humble, so full of grace. The respect he held for every person made you want to be a better human. I loved sharing about the dogs and I appreciated his help for all my computer glitches at work. Paul was a master of so many things. He was so kind and would not hesitate to tell you that he could see the best in me - he made me feel very loved as a friend. It was a special gift to have walked along Paul’s path. There was so much left for him to teach us and for that I am sad. With my whole heart I know he no longer suffers and is on his journey continuing to light the path. They’ll be no other friend like Paul -
Scott, sending you love and strength as you heal - thank you for taking care of my friend 🙏🏼♥️
Comment | Posted at 12:05am via Condolence

Ml kauten

Sending our condolences to Scott and the rest of Paul’s family. I was one of Paul’s cousins on his mother’s side. His family use to come for Thanksgiving each year. We would always have such a wonderful time with both Paul and his brother Norbert. I still remember Paul trying to teach me the constellations! My family and I have very fond memories of Paul. He was such a kind person and someone who will always be in my heart!
Love you Paul,
Mary Lou

Comment | Posted at 02:47pm via Condolence

Maureen O'Sullivan

I enjoyed reading about Paul and his years of fine work as a nurse taking care of others. Scott, I know that you will miss him dearly after what seems like a wonderful life together. As your neighbors, we are thinking of you, holding you in our hearts and sending you our condolences.
Take care.
Comment | Posted at 12:39pm via Condolence

Lisa Simonian

I worked with Paul for many years at both Youville and then Spaulding. I enjoyed the many times we would all go out as friends for dinner. We had so much fun over the years. Paul would light up a room when he entered with his dedication and compassion. I will miss him dearly.
Comment | Posted at 10:57am via Condolence

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