When the term leadership is used, one athlete immediately comes to mind. Paul Deary was an outstanding two sport athlete at Bartlett High School, distinguishing himself in both football and baseball. Prior to graduating in 1966, he gained the reputation of leader and fierce competitor!
Paul was a three year starter and co-captain his senior year in football. He played at the guard position his sophomore and junior years, and was switched to halfback as a senior. Because of his speed and the ability to shrug off defenders, he became a breakaway threat as the season progressed. Paul was feared most at middle linebacker. In one article, Webster Times reporter John Bialy referred to him as “the Myrtle Ave Tiger”. Even though he was only five feet six inches tall, Paul was in on over half of the teams tackles during his senior year and was considered one of the states top linebackers. Paul also kicked extra points and -is to this day- perhaps the best punter in the history of Bartlett High School football.
Football coach Joe Lucido called him an excellent leader which became obvious as Paul Deary made his presence known while playing baseball for Bartlett and BHS Hall of Fame Coach Sigmund Strzelecki. As a pitcher he threw 29.3 consecutive scoreless innings. He averaged more than one strikeout per inning against his opponents for the season. He was undefeated during the regular season with six wins and no losses. When not on the mound, Paul played shortstop and third base and posted a lofty .362 batting average. He was the Bartlett High School baseball MVP and at the conclusion of the season he was selected as the Exchange Club Most Valuable Player in Baseball. Upon graduation from Bartlett, Paul Deary was the recipient of the prestigious George H. Finnegan Award given for example, achievement, and influence in athletics while at Bartlett High School.
Following graduation, Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of sergeant, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He became a skilled carpenter and retired after teaching woodworking at Northbridge High School. Paul enjoys golf and presently lives in Thompson, CT.