All three brothers attended military academies on full scholarships.
“Paul was a charming person, who always looked out for his brothers and sisters,” his mother Lucienne said. “As an Army officer, Paul looked out for his troops as if they were family. He was humble and always driven to do better. He had the most beautiful smile.”
Pinkerton JROTC’s Chief Charles Porter said Paul DeMeo was a true leader.
“He loved being around the other cadets,” Porter said.
Porter remembered a senior class trip the students took to West Point.
“He was really impressed with West Point,” Porter said. “He fell in love with it.”
DeMeo was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant upon his graduation from West Point in May 2011, Porter said.
“He was a very dedicated student and JROTC member,” he said. “This is a big loss.”
Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson said it’s always difficult to lose a former student so young.
“Paul achieved so much in his young life at Pinkerton, West Point and in the military,” Anderson said. “His death is so sad, so tragic. Our community has lost a truly remarkable man.”
Calling hours for DeMeo are set for May 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, 3 Moody St., Derry.
Burial will follow in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Junior ROTC Program, Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, 03038.