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Celebrating the life of
Paul John Shammas
November 19, 1974 - August 20, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm - Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Graveside Service
  • 9:30am - Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

We wanted to share our condolences with Paul's family and friends. Paulie was a wonderful person to know and we're grateful Diana introduced us to him. We send much love to all of you who are missing him for we know he loved you very much. May his soul be forever at peace.

Well FED Savannah, Savannah, GA

I am sorry for your loss. Death is always a painful event for us all. However Jehovah offers us comfort in the Bible at Isaiah 25:8. I always find this scripture to be of encouragement. Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. How satisfying that will be. May joyful memories fill your minds and hearts through this difficult time.

Roosevelt G, Savannah, Ga

My sincere condolences,Hosea 13:14 reminds us of a wonderful hope for the future, it says: From the power of the grave I (God) will redeem them; From death I will recover them. May this scripture offer you and your dear loved ones a measure of comfort during this difficult time.

Ursula , Pooler , Ga

I'm sorry for your loss. Death is a painful ordeal. The scripture at Revelation 21:4 gives hope. There, Jehovah God, promises to do away with sickness and death very soon. This scripture has helped me in the past when dealing with loss. I hope it helps you too. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Brittani, Pooler, Ga

Condolences from the Viola family. Sending our love.

Joe Viola, Los Angeles, CA

SALUTE RIP

Bert Morse, Conway, Sc

May God bless your family in this time of grief. Paul was loved by so many and will always be in our hearts.

Isabelle leonardo, Columbus, Ga

My heartfelt sympathies are with you & the Shammas family during this very sad time. I've known Paul & his family for many years & was saddened to hear of his passing.

Deborah Ricci, Dunstable, MA

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.. You are in our prayers daily :)

Dionne Family, Weare, NH

Rest in peace, Paul. We were not close the past 20 years but i respected you, you service to our great country, and every interaction we did have. Your family is in our prayers, and thoughts. Chris Thompson (old dunstable rd)

Thompson , Groton, Ma

Love, Prayers and condolences to the family and all who knew Paul. Paul will be missed. He was a great friend who always made me laugh, helped me through tough times and cared deeply for people. A life well lived full of love and service to both country and people. Rest In Peace, Paul.

Damon zwicker , Burbank, Ca

I am so very sorry for this great loss. May you find peace in time.

Jennifer and Thomas nickerson, Westport, Ma

Miss you brother.Take it easy on the big guy up there. You and your babies watch over Heidi and us all. Rangers Lead The Way!

Bret Reeves, Millerstown, KY

Paulie - you're going to be sorely missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of your company or the gift of your companionship. May God bless you and Heidi and your extended family. May God rest your soul. I know that Rangers Lead the Way, Pal, but let me also add Semper Fideles as well as Calm Seas and Following Winds.

Frank Emerson, Wytheville, VA

We are so sorry to learn of Paul's passing. He will be missed by so many. Paul epitomizes the best the world has to offer--son, husband. friend, and Ranger. He will be missed and remembered.

Kay and Jim Manring, Statesboro, GA

Heidi, We are terribly saddened by the news that Paul has passed. The Army has us posted in South Korea so we cannot be home for services. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and communications from the many who love you both.

Rick and Elizabeth Merritt, ,

We are very sorry for your loss :(

Ken & Samantha Mindel, ,

I first met Paul when he came to my brothers funeral. They had served together in the Rangers. It was friendship with our first conversation. Over the course of the last year and half we became the best of friends. I found I could talk to Paul with such ease and without fear of judgement. His loving smile, kind heart, gentle spirit, and his loving soul was easy to see. He was there when few were and was always willing to help. You did not have to ask Paul for help he offered it before you could ask. They say when a sun shines too brightly it burns out fast. Paul was the brightest sun I have ever seen. I have cried more this week than I ever have. He was probably the most genuine person I have ever met. A part of my soul was taken from me this past Sunday and it will never return. Paul, I will never forget you. You were the best friend I have had in years. I will always you. Rangers Lead The Way.

Scott Workman , Millen, Ga

We will always remember Paul as being a gentle, kind young man, a good friend to Rob and always ready with a smile and a hug no matter how long it had been since we saw him last. Rest In Peace our dear friend.

Garza Family , Groton , Ma

I haven't met a gentler giant than Paul, who would drop everything for his family or friends when called. I was so fortunate and proud to call him brother, how could I could I not. When he would come to my family's house to head into Boston with my sister and others. He would say hello to my mom " Hi Ellie, you look so nice tonight " after giving big but gentle hug, then take the the time to have a pleasant conversation with her before they went out for a few hours and many spirited beverages. Upon return and a few spirited beverages, he would return to the house laughing uncontrollable give her the biggest hugs and say family is such an amazing thing to be a part of. Ellie had to decipher what he was saying at 330 am, as he had an amazing time in Boston with my sister and their combined friends. I'm gonna miss our conversations late nights and his awesome smile and laugh. He always encouraged and supported Conor and Olivia to be the best they can be and never give up on their dreams. My sincerest condolences go out to Heidi and the rest of the family's and friends... Paul rest easy brother. Love ya Man!

Chris Hanlon & Family, Groton, MA

My heart aches for the passing of Paul. I will hold all my times with him in my heart. He was a blessing to know.

Karen Daley, Ashby , MA

Paul J Shammas, 42, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, August 20, 2017. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army as a member of the famed First Ranger Battalion from 1994 to 2001.

Paul was born November 11, 1974 and lived for the past 15 years here in Savannah with his wife Heidi Shammas, Sabu Shammas his faithful canine companion, and roommate Shelby Dennis.

Paul was a graduate of Groton Dunstable High School in Groton Massachusetts and had studied nursing at both the University of Massachusetts and Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah.

Paul was an active member in many clubs and organizations, mostly in the honor of his fellow Soldiers.

Paul is survived by his wife Heidi Shammas of Savannah Georgia, his mother Sandra Shammas of Harvard Massachusetts, his father John Shammas of Massachusetts, his sisters Virginia Belliveau and Michelle Hanlon of Massachusetts, his brothers Bill Sweeney of Tennessee and Shahan Shammas of Massachusetts, as well as many cousins, aunts, God children, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, August 25th, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery on Saturday, August 26th at 9:30am with interment to follow.

Remembrances can be made in his memory to any charity of your choosing.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com

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We wanted to share our condolences with Paul's family and friends. Paulie was a wonderful person to know and we're grateful Diana introduced us to him. We send much love to all of you who are missing him for we know he loved you very much. May his soul be forever at peace.

Well FED Savannah, Savannah, GA

I am sorry for your loss. Death is always a painful event for us all. However Jehovah offers us comfort in the Bible at Isaiah 25:8. I always find this scripture to be of encouragement. Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. How satisfying that will be. May joyful memories fill your minds and hearts through this difficult time.

Roosevelt G, Savannah, Ga

My sincere condolences,Hosea 13:14 reminds us of a wonderful hope for the future, it says: From the power of the grave I (God) will redeem them; From death I will recover them. May this scripture offer you and your dear loved ones a measure of comfort during this difficult time.

Ursula , Pooler , Ga

I'm sorry for your loss. Death is a painful ordeal. The scripture at Revelation 21:4 gives hope. There, Jehovah God, promises to do away with sickness and death very soon. This scripture has helped me in the past when dealing with loss. I hope it helps you too. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Brittani, Pooler, Ga

Condolences from the Viola family. Sending our love.

Joe Viola, Los Angeles, CA

Candle tribute lit by Karen & Joe Roensch - — Massachusetts

SALUTE RIP

Bert Morse, Conway, Sc

May God bless your family in this time of grief. Paul was loved by so many and will always be in our hearts.

Isabelle leonardo, Columbus, Ga

My heartfelt sympathies are with you & the Shammas family during this very sad time. I've known Paul & his family for many years & was saddened to hear of his passing.

Deborah Ricci, Dunstable, MA

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.. You are in our prayers daily :)

Dionne Family, Weare, NH

Rest in peace, Paul. We were not close the past 20 years but i respected you, you service to our great country, and every interaction we did have. Your family is in our prayers, and thoughts. Chris Thompson (old dunstable rd)

Thompson , Groton, Ma

Love, Prayers and condolences to the family and all who knew Paul. Paul will be missed. He was a great friend who always made me laugh, helped me through tough times and cared deeply for people. A life well lived full of love and service to both country and people. Rest In Peace, Paul.

Damon zwicker , Burbank, Ca

I am so very sorry for this great loss. May you find peace in time.

Jennifer and Thomas nickerson, Westport, Ma

Miss you brother.Take it easy on the big guy up there. You and your babies watch over Heidi and us all. Rangers Lead The Way!

Bret Reeves, Millerstown, KY

Candle tribute lit by Tammy BaillioJones — New Mexico

Candle tribute lit by Shahan Shammas — Massachusetts

Candle tribute lit by Heather Khan — Georgia

Paulie - you're going to be sorely missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of your company or the gift of your companionship. May God bless you and Heidi and your extended family. May God rest your soul. I know that Rangers Lead the Way, Pal, but let me also add Semper Fideles as well as Calm Seas and Following Winds.

Frank Emerson, Wytheville, VA

We are so sorry to learn of Paul's passing. He will be missed by so many. Paul epitomizes the best the world has to offer--son, husband. friend, and Ranger. He will be missed and remembered.

Kay and Jim Manring, Statesboro, GA

Candle tribute lit by Mary and Harry Carleton — Massachusetts

Candle tribute lit by Paul Petit — Georgia

Heidi, We are terribly saddened by the news that Paul has passed. The Army has us posted in South Korea so we cannot be home for services. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and communications from the many who love you both.

Rick and Elizabeth Merritt, ,

Candle tribute lit by Scott Workman — Georgia

We are very sorry for your loss :(

Ken & Samantha Mindel, ,

I first met Paul when he came to my brothers funeral. They had served together in the Rangers. It was friendship with our first conversation. Over the course of the last year and half we became the best of friends. I found I could talk to Paul with such ease and without fear of judgement. His loving smile, kind heart, gentle spirit, and his loving soul was easy to see. He was there when few were and was always willing to help. You did not have to ask Paul for help he offered it before you could ask. They say when a sun shines too brightly it burns out fast. Paul was the brightest sun I have ever seen. I have cried more this week than I ever have. He was probably the most genuine person I have ever met. A part of my soul was taken from me this past Sunday and it will never return. Paul, I will never forget you. You were the best friend I have had in years. I will always you. Rangers Lead The Way.

Scott Workman , Millen, Ga

We will always remember Paul as being a gentle, kind young man, a good friend to Rob and always ready with a smile and a hug no matter how long it had been since we saw him last. Rest In Peace our dear friend.

Garza Family , Groton , Ma

Candle tribute lit by Karen Daley — Massachusetts

Candle tribute lit by Chris Hanlon — Massachusetts

I haven't met a gentler giant than Paul, who would drop everything for his family or friends when called. I was so fortunate and proud to call him brother, how could I could I not. When he would come to my family's house to head into Boston with my sister and others. He would say hello to my mom " Hi Ellie, you look so nice tonight " after giving big but gentle hug, then take the the time to have a pleasant conversation with her before they went out for a few hours and many spirited beverages. Upon return and a few spirited beverages, he would return to the house laughing uncontrollable give her the biggest hugs and say family is such an amazing thing to be a part of. Ellie had to decipher what he was saying at 330 am, as he had an amazing time in Boston with my sister and their combined friends. I'm gonna miss our conversations late nights and his awesome smile and laugh. He always encouraged and supported Conor and Olivia to be the best they can be and never give up on their dreams. My sincerest condolences go out to Heidi and the rest of the family's and friends... Paul rest easy brother. Love ya Man!

Chris Hanlon & Family, Groton, MA

My heart aches for the passing of Paul. I will hold all my times with him in my heart. He was a blessing to know.

Karen Daley, Ashby , MA


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