BENNINGTON, VT – Paul Andrew Tenney left his earthly body on May 30, 2019 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, Vermont. Paul was born November 3, 1969 in Berlin, Vermont, the youngest child of Walter J. Tenney and Bernice “Bea” LaHue Tenney. His early years were spent in Barre City and he attended St. Monica’s Catholic School. At the age of thirteen his parents moved to Richmond, Vermont and Paul went to Mt. Mansfield Union High School where he graduated in the class of 1987. After graduation and at the age of seventeen he followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the United States Navy where he was stationed in San Diego, California. After an honorable discharge Paul then made his home in the Burlington, Vermont area where he worked in the automotive industry. Paul’s passion and love – from a young age - was the fife. He started playing fife at the age of six in the Green Mountain Fife and Drum Corps alongside his parents – Walter with his musket and Bea carrying the flag in the color guard. With the move to Richmond, they joined Hannaford’s Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps. With the corps Paul marched in parades everywhere – including Boston and Washington D.C. His favorite times were at the musters, where fife and drum companies from everywhere met to compete and play together. Fifing and drumming was everything to him. Paul’s life took an unexpected turn when he learned he had multiple sclerosis. After a brief stay in Virginia he returned to Barre, Vermont to be independent and live his life on his own terms. When he was no longer able to care for himself he then lived at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington. Paul was a resident there for five years. During that time he made many friends – both residents and staff. Paul made a difference for so many people. His sense of humor, quick wit, and biting tongue brought smiles and laughter to all who knew him. Paul never gave up and lived each day to the fullest – as he wanted. It was at the Veterans’ Home that Paul met the woman who held his heart. She gave her time, compassion, laughter and love to him. This past year Paul had peace and light, and someone to share his love of music and life with. We cannot thank Liz enough for everything she did for Paul. He is survived by his son Andrew of West Olive, Michigan; his mother Bea of Chelsea, Vermont; his special someone Elizabeth “Liz” Oertel of South Londonderry, Vermont; his sister Jean and her husband Frank Ellis of Barre, Vermont ; his brother Don and husband Mark Dion of Las Vegas, Nevada; his sister Doris and husband Christopher Pate of Newport News, Virginia; and nieces Amanda Saladino of Barre, Vermont and Shannon Pate of Newport News, Virginia. He was predeceased by his father Walter. A small memorial service was held at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington on June 1st so his friends there could make their goodbyes. On Wednesday June 5th a Catholic Mass was held for Paul at the Veterans’ Home chapel as well. Interment will be at a later date at the North Troy Cemetery in North Troy, Vermont. Arrangements are in the care of Doris Pate and E. P. Mahar Funeral Home, Bennington Vermont. Contributions may be made in Paul’s name to the charity of your choice.
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