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1942 PAUL 2024


November 1, 1942 — March 24, 2024

Paul Edward Tabolinsky, a man whose life was dedicated to family, service, and exploration, passed away on March 24, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. Paul was born on November 1, 1942, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Having served his country with honor and valor, Paul spent three years in the United States Army as an Army Ranger/LRRP during the Vietnam War. His bravery and dedication earned him two Purple Hearts during his three tours of duty. Afterward, he reenlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served for an additional 20 years until his well-deserved retirement.
Beyond his valiant military career, Paul graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Concrete Management and went on to complete his MBA from Southern Illinois University. Paul found joy and purpose in various endeavors. From tending to the football fields and landscapes at Vanderbilt University to pursuing interests in horticulture and agriculture. He had a great passion for science and technology and was a staunch supporter of the Linux operating system. His love for learning about new things shone brightly as he delved into different fields with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Among his proudest accomplishments was setting a strong example of work ethic for his children. With a servant heart, Paul believed in the value of hard work; rising early each day and putting in his best efforts were principles he held dear. His thoughtful nature extended to his interactions with others; always ready to engage in conversation with anyone willing to share some time with him.
Survived by his loving wife, Yoshiko Tabolinsky; children, Catherine (Tom) Stupeck, Jimmy (Mistey) Tabolinsky and Susan (John) Parrett; grandchildren, Cayman Haynes, Crystal (Evan) Adams, Tabatha (Dereck) Mejia, Jimmy (Mandy) Tabolinsky, Jr., Paul J. Tabolinsky, Ashley (Cody) Murdock and Alex Love; nine grandchildren; sister, Carol (Jim) Potter. Paul Edward Tabolinsky's memory will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elzora Deveau Tabolinsky; brother, Roy John Tabolinsky and granddaughter-in-law, Jamie Tabolinsky.
Services to honor and remember Paul will take place at the Springfield Memorial Gardens Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Springfield, TN on April 3, 2024, followed by burial at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville later that same day. Friends, family members, and colleagues are invited to join in paying their respects at the visitation from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; the burial ceremony begins at 2:00 PM.
Paul's legacy of service, love for family, and thirst for knowledge will continue to inspire all who were touched by his presence. May he rest in peace.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center

4005 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN 37172

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

7931 McCrory Ln, Nashville, TN 37221

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