Capt. David W. Paquin, age 71, passed away at home, on Friday, April 12, 2013, with his family at his side. Born in New Bedford, MA, he was the husband of the late Jane (Isaksen) Paquin and the son of the late Atty. Zephyr D. Paquin and Olive (Weaver) Paquin-Brown. He was a resident of Fairhaven, MA and Lake Park, GA.
He served in the US Coast Guard, retired as a Marine Traffic Controller with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Cape Cod Canal and as a New Bedford Harbor Pilot. Capt. Paquin was also the operations manager for Sanchez Tugboat Service for many years and worked part time for the Town of Marion as a Police Officer during the 70’s.
He attended Victory Baptist Church and South Coast Community Church in Fairhaven and the Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Park, GA.
Among his many interests, he enjoyed playing and singing Gospel and Blue Grass music and was a member of several local groups. He was a co-founder of the TLC Play & Learn Campus in Fairhaven and received an award for his service in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
Survivors include three daughters, Erica (Paquin) Meyers and her husband Peter of West Chester, PA, Jennifer (Cass) Brown and her husband Robert of Acushnet and Haylie (Cass) Mattos and her husband Antonio of Fairhaven; a son, Nathan Cass and his wife Shannon of Baltimore, MD; a sister, Lisa (Paquin) Dunaway and her husband Kenneth of New Bedford, and a brother, Pierre Paquin and his wife Leslie of Dennis and 13 grandchildren.
He also leaves his mother in law, Malene Isaksen of Fairhaven, his aunt and Godmother, Jeanne Swiszcz of New Bedford and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Visitation is on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M., with a Memorial Service to follow, at the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven, MA.
Memorials may be sent to The Trinity Lutheran Church Play and Learn Campus, 16 Temple Place, Fairhaven, MA 02719 or The Tomorrow Fund, Rhode Island Hospital Campus, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903 in memory of Amy Johannessen.