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Paul Stone, 94, of Newton, World War II Veteran, Ran Accounting Firm

Paul Mitchell Stone of Newton died on Nov. 29 at the age of 94.

He was born in Boston in 1919 during the Great Influenza Epidemic. He attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Boston University in 1941.  He passed the CPA exam in 1942 on his first attempt, and in 1943 Paul joined the US Navy and served in the Central Pacific during the Second World War as an officer on board the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. Waterman (DE 740).  The Waterman was awarded eight battle stars, far more than the average Destroyer Escort, according to an obituary on the Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors website.

Stone received his Law degree at Northeastern in 1949, under the GI Bill, and began his own Accounting business, originally in Boston then Newton and eventually Natick. The firm grew and was known as Stone and Paul. He was active in professional organizations, including the Masons (Everett C. Benton Lodge, in Boston) and an active member of the Rotary Club of Newton for over 30 years. 

He was husband of the late Pearl (Itkin) Stone; son and only child of Philip and Mary (Silverman) Stone of Brookline; and father of James and his wife Rose of Bolton, Carolyn and her husband David Lilien of Irvine, Calif., and David and his wife Joan of Milford. He is survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Donations can be made to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693 – www.rotary.org

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