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Paul Alger Cragin, 66, of Amesbury, Mass., passed away February 11, 2017, of heart failure. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on January 3, 1951, to Edith (Culver) and Raymond Alton Cragin. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Catherine (Rowan) Cragin. They lived in Newburyport for 32 years before moving to Amesbury 10 months ago.
Paul grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he attended the Cranbrook School and was awarded the Booth Citation for his personal contributions to the Cranbrook educational community. He also tutored inner-city students through the Horizons Upward Bound program. He was an avid football and hockey player, and he started the Cranbrook lacrosse program, for which he was inducted into the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
Paul graduated from Boston University where he started the B.U. Rugby Football Club, whose original members remain friends and still meet regularly. After college, he took up court tennis at the Tennis and Racket Club in Boston where he was a national champion, winning the Etchebaster Cup. 
Locally, Paul was instrumental in founding the Newburyport Girls Basketball Association (NGBA), coached various softball teams through the Newburyport Pioneer League and coached the championship Newburyport Girls Indoor Field Hockey team.
Paul's competitive spirit drew him into sales. Since 1998, he was eastern regional sales manager for Giesecke & Devrient. Prior to that, he worked at NCR, Recognition Equipment, and owned his own marketing survey company, Data Capture Solutions.
Paul will be remembered for always having a positive outlook, loving life, and finding humor in every situation. He will forever be “the coach."
In addition to his wife, Paul leaves behind a daughter, Gaylen Cragin Hubbard and her husband, Jared; a grandson, Cragin Hubbard; and a grandaughter, Rowan Hubbard of Newburyport, Mass.; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Bonnie Cragin McCuskey.
Friends are invited to attend visiting hours this Friday, February 17, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport, MA. Parking available behind the funeral home. There will be no public service.
Paul was passionate about Cranbrook and always wished to establish a scholarship so other students could experience what he did. Donations should be made to the Cranbrook Schools (please note on check, "Cranbrook Educational Community") and mailed to Paul Cragin Scholarship Fund, Development Department, 77428 P.O. Box 77000, Detroit, MI 48277-0428 or call 248-645-3140.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 16, 2017
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