BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Paul Charles Jensen of Bellows Falls, Vt., passed away peacefully at Elmwood Center in Claremont, N.H. from complications of Lewy Body Dementia on Feb. 2, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest daughter, Anne Jensen Griffin. He is survived by his brother and sister, his daughter Susan Jensen and her partner Janna Thomas, his three grandchildren Tess, Joe, and Ellie Griffin and son-in-law Sean Griffin.
Born April 30, 1953 in Plainfield, N.J., Jensen spent his childhood in Livingston, N.J., where he graduated from high school in 1971. He then graduated from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island in 1977 and got married, delighting in the birth of his daughters Susan and Anne. While they were young, he worked as a magazine editor in Connecticut and then as an educational paraprofessional in Winchendon, Mass. He moved to South Carolina where he spent six years caring for his ailing father and most recently returned to education, spending 12 years working as a paraprofessional at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, Vt.
From an early age, Jensen was curious and interested in big ideas – notably peace, social justice, and left-leaning politics. He never liked rules and joyfully subverted authority whenever he could. He developed passions for music – Bob Dylan, The Band, John Prine, Grateful Dead – and later running and hiking in the New England outdoors. He enjoyed surfing the Jersey shore, walking and swimming the beaches of Hunting Island, S.C. He was a kind man with a deep love for his daughters and his grandchildren.
The family will be holding a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association in Westminster, Vt. at www.windmillhillpinnacle.org. The woodland trails provided him hours of joy and peace.