LTC Paul R. Villare
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Paul R. Villare, 67, a longtime resident of Woodbridge, VA., passed away on May 9th, 2022 at Lowell General Hospital after a two year battle with cancer.
Paul was born on November 26, 1954 in Landstuhl, Germany to Paul R. Villare Jr. and Mary M. (Taggart) Villare. He graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1972, earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 1976, and later earned his MBA from Liberty University.
Following the completion of the ROTC program at Northeastern University, Paul became a commissioned officer in the United States Army, Armor Division. Throughout his 24-year career he was stationed at, and later traveled to: Fort Knox, KY., Portland, ME., South Korea, Germany, France, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In August of 2000, Paul retired from the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and transitioned to a civilian contractor with the Army.
LTC Villare heard the call to serve the United States Army once again in December of 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After distinguishing himself with exceptionally meritorious service to the United States as Deputy Chief, Operation and Plans Officer, Combined Operations Division, Combined Joint Operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq Baghdad, Iraq, LTC Villare once again retired from the Army in December of 2008 upon the completion of his tour.
During his 24-year-long career, LTC Villare was awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait).
Leading up to and after his retirement from his civilian position with the United States Army, Paul actively continued his service to the military community by volunteering at his local VFW post including building scenes for their annual haunted house, serving on the Honor Guard and acting as post photographer.
Paul's favorite pastimes were conversing in sarcasm, appeasing his inner child with yearly trips to Disney World, travel, photography, birdwatching from his back deck, gardening, playing with his 3 dogs, and visiting family.
Paul leaves behind his children, Jason Villare of Green Cove Spring, FL, Michelle Fenderson of Stafford, VA, Gina Villare of Cairns, QLD., Australia, and Maria Villare of Chelmsford, MA; his sister M. Kathryn Villare of Chelmsford, MA, and brother Robert (Susan) Villare of Nashua, NH; grandchildren, Bre'anna Villare and Haley Ward; also nieces and nephews, Eugene Villare, Sarah Brown, Kimberly Desire, Bridget Shaw, John Villare, Annie Villare, Ashley Villare, and Nicholas Villare.
Funeral Services and Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. For online condolences please visit CHELMSFORDFUNERALHOME.COM and find us on Facebook.