GREENWICH, Conn. - Deacon Paul E.Tupper of Greenwich died Sept. 23. He was 83.
Tupper was born March 19, 1930, in Ludlow, Mass., son of Paul Erwin and Evanore Beebe Tupper. He graduated high school at the age of 17 and enlisted in the army. During four years of enlisted service, he rose to the rank of staff sergeant. He returned home in February 1952, commissioned as second Lieutenant/Artillery, and assigned to the 5th Armored Division at Fort Chaffee, Ariz., as a platoon leader. After six years of total service, he accepted a discharge from active duty and went into the Army Active Reserve where he rose to the rank of major. Shortly after, he enrolled at Columbia University and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He spent his entire career in financial management.
One of Tupper's accomplishments was the day he was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Bridgeport in May 1985. He served as a Deacon for 27 years at St. Clement Church (Stamford) and St. Mary's Church (Greenwich).
Tupper is survived by his wife, Aurora; children, Mark (Susan) Tupper, Christine (John) Dunster, Kathleen (Carl) Prutting and Paul (Jean) Tupper; 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his firstborn son, Paul Eugene.
Calling hours are Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., in Greenwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at St. Mary's Church in Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.