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Dear MRRA,

it is with great sadness that I learned that our friend and fellow dedicated rower, Paul Wenger, lost his battle with brain cancer on Wednesday and passed away.

For those who knew Paul, he was a person who exemplified the spirit of the MRRA - he started with us in Learn to Row and soldiered through learning to scull before we had the Zephyrs (which was quite a feat). He was one of a group of men rowers with the moniker "the Good Guys" who rowed in the Quad and then rowed Sweep, competing in the Head of the Charles under the MRRA banner summer 2011. Several amazing notes about Paul: he competed in a 2X with Ginny at Masters Nationals last summer, during a haitus in his treatment! he was always available as a volunteer for any job or need and actually apologized to Jay that he could not help at the TRR this year due to his waning strength! Paul always has a big smile, big hands to help and we know about his big size 14 feet too!

Please keep Paul's family in your hearts and prayers - they have also been strong supporters of the MRRA and volunteers at the TRR!

Peace to all,

Karen Scammell


SERVICES: Calling hours are Wednesday (12/26) from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (12/27) at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford, NH. Private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Needham, MA.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory
1799 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03104


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Paul H. Wenger, 60, of Amherst, NH died December 19, 2012 at Ridgewood Center in Bedford, NH after a valiant yearlong battle with brain cancer.

He was born in Boston, MA on May 1, 1952 to Paul C. and Ruth (Harrington) Wenger. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester, NH and Boston College. He also earned master’s degrees from Northeastern University and Western New England College.
Paul worked at Kalwall Corporation in Manchester, NH for many years. He also worked in western Massachusetts and the Buffalo, NY area. He served as Director of Public Transportation for the state of New Hampshire from 1978 to 1981.
He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford, NH. He was an avid rower and a member of the Merrimac River Rowing Association. Three months before his cancer diagnosis he rowed in the Head of the Charles races in Cambridge, MA. He was also an avid cyclist, cross country skier and supporter of Boston College athletics.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
The family includes his wife of 34 years, Lorraine (Shannahan) Wenger of Amherst, NH; three children, Elizabeth L. Wenger of Brookline, MA, Paul S. Wenger and his wife, Elizabeth, of West Henrietta, NY and Johanna H. Wenger of Amherst, NH; a granddaughter, Molly E. Wenger; his father, Paul C. Wenger of Bedford, NH; seven siblings, Jeanne Wenger of Andover, MA, Kenneth Wenger and his wife, Deborah, of Cambridge, MA, Gregory Wenger and his wife, Lisa, of Hampton Falls, NH, Macrina Cassidy and her husband, Donald, of Manchester, NH, Mary-Beth Elliott and her husband, Christopher, of Hopkinton, MA, Margaret Hano and her husband, Randy, of Winnetka, IL and David Wenger and his wife, Kristin, of Manchester, NH; his mother in law, Helen Shannahan of Holliston, MA; four brothers and sisters in law, John and Suzanne Shannahan, Mary-Caryl and James Ferdenzi and Megan and Ronald Hovsepian all of Holliston, MA and James and Ellen Shannahan of Milford, MA; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at, or to the National Brain Tumor Society at



Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 02:28