In Memory of

Paul

Joseph

Feldman

Obituary for Paul Joseph Feldman

Paul J. Feldman, of Sea Girt, New Jersey passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the age of 73 from a rare complication following the liver transplant that he received after a long and courageous battle against Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Paul was born on March 19, 1950, in Buffalo, New York to the late George J. and Mary Ellen (Cronin) Feldman. As a child, he lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a short time before moving to Medina, Ohio where most of his formative years were spent. Paul was the oldest of 5 brothers: the late Mark (Patricia) Feldman of McKinney, Texas, the late Peter (Carol) Feldman of Seffner, Florida, John (Musetta) Feldman of Pensacola, Florida, and James Feldman of McKinney, Texas. After graduating High School, Paul briefly joined the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary working toward a BA in Theology before switching paths and earning a BA in Mathematics at The University of Akron. Later, he went on to earn a Master’s in Economics at Cleveland State University and PhD ABD in Econometrics at Case Western Reserve University.

As a young professional, Paul started working at AT&T where he met his wife, Jeaneen (Henry). Paul was a devoted and loving husband of almost 30 years. He and Jeaneen raised their family in Great Falls, Virginia for the past two and a half decades before recently relocating to Sea Girt, New Jersey. Paul hoped to enjoy retirement with his wife in Sea Girt, take long walks on the beach, enjoy a glass of wine on the porch, and spend time with his children: Elizabeth (Rob), Jenna (Daniel), John, and Sean and grandchildren Felix and Niles for whom he had immense pride. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

Paul was an avid adventurer and mountain climber. He completed 4 of the 7 summits along with 129 other mountains worldwide. He was invited to climb Mount Everest on the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition which aimed to answer the #1 question in mountaineering, “Did Mallory make it to the top?”. Paul’s interests were varied. He was a stamp collector and diligently worked to grow a collection passed down from his father and grandfather. He was also a talented gardener whose green thumb made for beautiful gardens at our Virginia home. Lastly and unbeknownst to most, Paul was a gifted poet and left us a special gift - a book of poetry encompassing thoughts on life events, his family who he credits as the source of all joy in his life, and observations of others’ lives during his world travels.

Paul was an accomplished executive, spending 23 years at AT&T followed by a stellar career in energy as the CEO of Utilicorp United of Kansas City and CEO of Columbia Energy in Virginia. During the dotcom boom, Paul started his own company and sold it to AES, Inc. in 2000. He was subsequently appointed to serve on the National Coal Council and advised the Secretary of Energy on matters related to electricity and transmission systems. He also served as President of The Arc, a nonprofit organization founded to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the latter part of his career, Paul served on multiple boards and was an advisor and investor to various energy, technology, and cyber security companies.

Throughout the years, work colleagues grew into coveted friendships. Paul always lent a listening ear and had a knack for giving reliable advice not only on business matters but on personal matters alike. He was dry in wit, quick with words, and deeply humble. He was known to give away material possessions in the blink of an eye to those who simply expressed interest. Paul was truly a man for others and this he leaves behind as his legacy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catharine’s RC Church, Spring Lake followed by the committal at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt. There will be no procession from the Funeral Home, everyone is to meet directly at the Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columban Fathers at www.columban.org .

Arrangements by the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall.