After 44 years, CMS Tech Paul Marcaurele Leaves A Legacy Of Giving Back

By Jennifer Bray

Paul Marcaurele with daughter Kristine Marcaurele

RI National Grid President Terry Sobolewski and Paul Marcaurele

In 1975, the world was experiencing changes on every front. The Vietnam War ended. The Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launched for the U.S.-Soviet link-up in space. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman elected to Britain’s Conservative Party.

And in 1975, Paul Marcaurele started working as a service technician for Valley Gas.

He then went on to work for New England Gas which eventually became National Grid.  Paul has witnessed some significant shifts in his field over the past four decades and his longstanding commitment to his career was recently honored at a retirement party at National Grid’s Melrose Street facility in Providence.

“Paul has seen technology transformations in the field as well as different companies being bought and sold,” said Ralph Sullivan, Manager of CMS. He added that he was one of the most dedicated and hardworking employees he’s ever worked with. “Paul has such a positive attitude, he was always out there doing a good job.”

Over a breakfast buffet, dozens of National Grid employees gathered around Marcaurele to wish him well, hug him and thank him for his mentoring.

One employee who will miss seeing Marcaurele at work the most is his daughter. “I was so lucky to be able to work with my Dad here for a year,” said Kristine Marcaurele, a resource coordinator for CMS.

She said that his patience was endless. “He always taught from the ground up and was very thorough.”

Kristine is glad that her father will now have the chance to enjoy some of his hobbies, including landscaping and traveling with his wife, Debbie, whether it’s to the beach or Block Island.

“I remember him never being home in the worst of weather, rain, snowstorms, he was out there working,” said Kristine.

For thirty years, Marcaurele’s close friend and colleague, John Moriarty, a service technician with CMS, has worked with him. “He’s a good man and one of the smartest techs I know – It’s a sad day to see him leave,” Moriarty said.

Charlie Rugg has been working with Marcaurele as his boss since 2010. He’s been at many retirements party but said that Paul had a generous spirit of mentoring the new employees that he’s rarely seen.

“Paul always welcomed ride-alongs and never once said no to anyone,” said Rugg. “He was a wealth of knowledge to our new guys,” he said.

Reflecting upon his career, Paul does have some advice for those beginning with National Grid. “It’s all about hands-on experience,” he said. “The more you do, the more you know, this is a great place to work.”

Terry Sobolewski, President of National Grid Rhode Island, was also at Marcaurele’s retirement party. He thanked Paul for his decades of service and for taking the time to share his knowledge and experience with the employees he worked with. “That’s your legacy,” he told Paul. “You’ve left us with a cadre of folks who will carry that on.”