, Gloucester, MA

December 18, 2012

Paul K. Gahm, 80

Rockport — Paul K. Gahm, 80, husband of Bonnie (Jelmberg) Gahm, of Rockport, died at his residence on Saturday, December 15, 2012 with his family at his side.

He was born in Milton, on July 31, 1932, son of the late Philip and Anna (Kenseth) Gahm. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon and Dartmouth College. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later started his teaching career at Rockport High School. He went on to own his own business with his brother Phil, and returned to substitute teaching in his later years.

He lived in Ipswich for over 40 years, where he continued his love for teaching as a father, helping at-risk children as a foster parent and serving on the school committee.

Paul is survived by his wife of 17 years, Bonnie (Jelmberg) Gahm of Rockport; four children, Lucy Pola and husband, Al of Skaneateles, N.Y, Katrina Brown of Los Angeles, Jessica Gahm-Diaz and husband, Santiago of Ipswich, and Mark Gahm and wife, Ursula of Guildford, CT; two step-children, Kelly Wing and husband, Ken of Ipswich, and Katie Robinson and husband, Niall of Newburyport; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife of 36 years, Louise (Gray) Gahm; his parents and his brother, Phil.

ARRANGEMENTS: His memorial service will be held in the First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport, on Friday, December 21, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours and the burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to DCF Kids Fund, Inc., c/o Ms. Saf Caruso, Executive Director, 600 Washington Street, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02111.

Arrangements are by the Burgess and Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main Street, Rockport. Online condolences may be given at