Paul Gabriel Hastings, 91, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died on September 11, 2023, in a local hospital. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara Joan Knight Hastings; sons, Paul Gabriel Hastings, Jr. (Anne), of Norfolk, Virginia, and Patrick Michael Hastings of Virginia Beach; granddaughter, Katharine Baird Hastings (Reihle Kash) of Richmond, Virginia; grandson, Paul Graham Hastings (Ali) of Richmond; and great grandson, Paul Hudson Hastings. Paul is also survived by nephews, John A. Hastings, III (Joan), and Michael J. Hastings (Roberta); niece, Mary E. Frost (Stephen); and grandnieces, Kaitlyn F. Condon (Patrick), Colleen Frost, and Abigail H. Howard (Andrew), all of Massachusetts.
Paul was born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1932, in Clinton, Massachusetts, to John Arthur Hastings and Anne Cunnis Hastings. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, John A. Hastings, Jr., and John’s wife, Phyllis A. Hastings.
Paul lived in Clinton until 1951, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for eight years. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in Korea for 13 months with the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Paul was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three campaign service stars for his wartime service. He left the Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant to pursue a career in the civilian sector. Paul attended the College of William and Mary, Norfolk Division, after his military service.
Following a 30-year career with Leggett Department Stores in Lynchburg and Virginia Beach, Paul became an active volunteer with the Lago Mar Civic League, the Knights of Columbus, Council #134467, the Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team, and the Sentara Reach Program at the Princess Anne Recreation Center. He was a devout Catholic and a founding member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, where he also served as a lector.
Whether it was a telephone call, a holiday meal, or any family gathering, Paul always expressed his love for family. He never met a stranger, and his engaging personality will be missed by all who knew him. Paul was especially proud of his service to our country as a Marine.
A private Mass of Resurrection for family will be held in the future at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, with Father Rob Cole officiating.