Paul C. Louis

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 8:30am

Paul C. Louis passed away on Jan. 20, 2021, a victim of COVID-19.

Born in New York City on Jan. 28, 1969, he was raised in Ramsey, New Jersey. Paul graduated from Barnstable Academy and earned a degree in communication from Emerson College in Boston. While at Emerson, Paul served as the voice of Emerson basketball.

After briefly pursuing a career in communication, Paul followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, and worked for many years for Mariner’s Bank in Ridgewood, N.J. He was a favorite amongst his colleagues and customers, and he enjoyed serving the public.

As a devout Christian, Paul was a regular communicant at All Saints Episcopal Church in Glen Rock, N.J., where he served as a chalice barer, usher and member of the vestry. While spending summers in Boothbay, he attended All Saints in Southport and St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor. A gentle soul, Paul lived his faith and was admired for his thoughtful and caring nature.

Paul spent time during every summer of his life in Boothbay Harbor. While in college, Paul worked at Andrews’ Harborside and for nearly 30 years thereafter, he made a point of returning to Boothbay to visit with his Aunt Karen and Uncle Ted Beal on McFarland Point. Paul thought of Boothbay as his second home and considered his many visits here to be the highlight of his year. He made a point of being in town for Windjammer Days and while here enjoyed visits to his favorite spots in the area. Hendrick’s Head and Robinson’s Wharf were among his “must stops” and every morning he would walk across the footbridge and around the harbor, often followed by breakfast at Mama D’s. He truly loved his time in Boothbay.

While Paul faced challenges in his life, he was never discouraged. He was a model to all who knew him for his ability to move past the limits others placed before him. While he championed many important causes, he was a particularly strong advocate for the autistic community, participating in numerous Autism Speaks walks and as a speaker in support of those with autism.

A loyal Yankees and Jets fan, Paul suffered much good-natured ribbing from his numerous friends and family members. Above all, family was important to Paul.

He is survived by his parents, Kristan and The Reverend Richard M. Louis of Mahwah, N.J.; his brother Andrew and his sister-in-law Rasdy of Arlington, Virginia; uncles and aunts Erik Bertelsen and Abby Jones of East Boothbay, Karen and Ted Beal of Fair Haven, N.J., Jim Louis of Kent Ohio, Susan and James Downes of Millheim, Pennsylvania, and Dawn Maron of South Portland, Maine. Paul was a very proud uncle of Raika, Toran, Amer, and Desmond Louis. Paul’s cousins were especially important to him as he was to them. Those surviving cousins include Katherine Haynes of Little Silver, New Jersey, Ted Beal Jr. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Kristen Postma of Amersfoort, Holland, Karen Baker of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Linda Brittain of Flagler Beach, Florida, Matthew Downes of Millheim, Pennsylvania, Christian Bertelsen of Portland, Maine, Jane Bertelsen also of Portland, Maine, Andrew Bertelsen of Lewiston, Maine, Anne Louis Ilcus of West Palm Beach, Florida, Susan Louis of Silver Lake, Ohio, and Karen Louis of Los Angeles, California.

Paul was predeceased by nephew Desmond Singh Louis and cousin Laura Downes.

To honor Paul, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eastside Waterfront Park in Boothbay Harbor.