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Paul G. Genetti
1950 - 2019
Obituary of Paul G. Genetti
Paul Gerard Genetti, age 69 of Bedford, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 with loved ones by his side while listening to Desperado after putting up a fight against the nefarious actor, cancer.
He is preceded in death by his parents, the late Josephine (Poleo) and Nicholas Genetti. If there is gambling in heaven, you better believe that Paul and Nick are at the track betting on ponies together while Jo will be thrilled to play a game of Scrabble or walk the beach with him again.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Anita Genetti Roy, and son-in-law, Christopher Roy. Regardless of how well or long you knew Paul, you likely knew of his ‘Nita ‘Netti. He was a proud father and was quick to find a way to bring her and Chris up in any conversation to tell stories of their military service and adventures.
He was an even prouder grandfather, affectionately known as “Grumpus." and is survived by his two granddaughters, Audrey and Madilyn, who loved playing tea party, dress up, and reading stories with him.
Paul is also survived by his sister Barbara Bailey; brother-in-law Donald Bailey; and nephews, Christopher Bailey, Scott Bailey, and Michael Bailey. While Barb and Paul weren’t close in age, they became close friends as adults. You’d be guaranteed to hear playful banter when they were together but always knew it came from a place of love. Paul had the utmost respect for her as a wife, mother, and friend.
Paul is survived by his aunts, Marie Printon and Alberta Genetti. He was extremely proud of his heritage and family. Marie and Paul had a special relationship as she always understood him and all his eccentricities. Paul marveled at Alberta’s green thumb and creativity.
While his time may have been cut short, Paul was truly a renaissance man who lived an abundant and full life.
After graduating high school, Paul served in the U.S. Navy and, throughout his life, had a deep appreciation and respect for those who serve/d our country.
Paul was a legendary storyteller, actor, and playwright. He was well known for Prairie Flowers, which he wrote and directed. However, Paul didn’t need a stage to entertain, just a listening ear.
His letter writing was prolific and many people still have cherished letters tucked away somewhere that were written on yellow legal pad paper. Those letters contained many wonderful insights and commentary on the current state of affairs and the world around him.
He was passionate about the relationships with people he encountered throughout his life. He enjoyed a lengthy conversation at midnight about the true meaning of the latest Kinks album, as much as he enjoyed a phone call to an old friend to congratulate them on the birth of a child.
Regardless of the time of year or temperature outside, Paul always felt called to the ocean. No need for a swim suit. He would dive right in clothes and all. He considered it a religious experience.
He enjoyed cooking, feeding, and hosting. He didn’t need a recipe. Paul had the unique ability to make the most delicious meals from a little of this and a little of that ... with a lot of tasting in the process.
Paul delighted in sports talk and was always up for a healthy debate about the merit of a recent trade or call up from the minors. He loved the Red Sox but was ultimately a fan of the underdog.
He loved gardening … digging his hands into the dirt or reviving a plant to blossom and fruit. He was dedicated to the care of his parents’ gravesite where he will soon be laid to rest.
Paul always said that his three true loves in life were his old Knucklehead Harley, his late dog Merle, and Anita. Be comforted to know that he’s now riding that Harley in heaven and spending evenings petting Merle ... all while watching over Anita and her family.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael’s Church, Bedford on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Henry David Thoreau
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Tony Rice Center in memory of Paul to change the course of someone’s life as they did his. Donations can be made online at https://givingmatters.guidestar.org/profile/2076/tony-rice-center.aspx# or mailed to 1300 Railroad Ave Shelbyville, TN 37160.To send flowers to the family of Paul Genetti, please visit Tribute Store