John J. Pauplis, 95, of Franklin, MA, formerly of Wayland, MA, passed on Wednesday May 10, 2023, at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, MA. He is predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Irene (McGee) Pauplis.
John was born on November 4, 1927 to the late Michael and Filomena (Olszewski) Pauplis. While he was raised in Hudson, MA, John later settled in Wayland, MA, with his late wife Irene, where they raised their six boys.
John leaves his sons Mark Pauplis and his wife Laura of Leicester, MA, Steven Pauplis and his late wife Kristine, of Greeley Colorado, Eric Pauplis and his wife Karen, of Ocean View, Deleware, Neil Pauplis, of Newton, MA, Greg Pauplis and his late wife Susan, of Franklin, MA, and Karl Pauplis and his wife Edelizete, of Creedmoor, North Carolina; his brother Alfred Pauplis and his late wife Ingred, of Hudson, MA; sisters Genia Pauplis, of Walnut Creek, California, and Diane Pauplis, of Hudson, MA, sister in laws Jeannette and Mary; grandchildren Joseph, Michael, Connor, Jillian, Matthew, Lucas, and Thomas, and step-grandchildren Kara and Amiah. John is predeceased by his late brothers Leonard, William, and Michael, all formerly of Hudson, and late sisters Phyllis, of Berlin, MA and Johanna, of San Francisco, California.
John traveled the world seeking art inspiration and enjoyed telling stories about it. He was an accomplished artist, sculptor, and was a graduate of Vesper George School of Art, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. John enjoyed painting and sculpting in his home studio, and summers painting on the shores of Maine on Monhegan Island, and at Haystack School of Crafts. John also proudly served with the Massachusetts State and National Guard. He was a member of the Anti Tank Company 181st Infantry Massachusetts National Guard.
All services for John will be private.
For years, John Pauplis found great joy creating life-size sculptures in the studios at MassArt. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that if you are so moved, you make a donation to MassArt in his memory: MassArt Foundation, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (http://MassArt.edu/give).
John The Artist
I paint what I see, I see what I paint.
I see color, texture, angles, and expressions.
I see light, shadows, landscape, seascape, and soul.
Some people see, glance for a moment, and move on.
An artist sees, paints their vision on canvas, creating art
that’s captured forever
-Greg Pauplis, Inspired by John Pauplis