Paul Morgan Laird

March 13, 1955 - September 12, 2020
Paul Morgan Laird


Paul Morgan Laird, age 65, of Leland, NC, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Paul was born in France on March 13, 1955 to Earl Laird and Marjorie Morgan Laird.

Paul lived in Thailand, Mississippi, and later Fayetteville, N.C. He graduated from UNCW with a degree in history.

After graduation, he had a 22-year career with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Later he served the Boys and Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and the Moores Creek National Historic Site in Corporate Development.

Paul was passionate about history and had a special interest in the Civil War and Revolutionary War periods. He traveled across much of the U.S. visiting various battlefields and historic sites. He also traveled to Europe on multiple occasions visiting many castles, museums and historic locations.

Family was the most important thing in Paul’s life. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Jordan Laird; two sons, Matthew and spouse Heather, and Benjamin; one brother, David Laird and spouse Virginia; and one sister, Lisa Laird and spouse Angela Evans. He is survived also by his loyal companion, Bastian.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at the Fort Fisher State Historic site at a later date.

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  • September 15, 2020
    Desiree Whalen says:
    I met Paul at the Moore’s Creek Battlefield Annual meeting and he was just so welcoming. He was so passionate about growing the organization and enlisted me to help with this endeavor. I enjoyed our mutual interest and his vision. I will always have fond memories of Paul. My deepest condolences to your family. I will definitely miss him.

  • September 15, 2020
    Albert Shaw says:
    My condolences to the family, I served on the Moore's Creek Battleground Association with Paul and he will be greatly missed.

  • September 15, 2020
    Donna M Waters says:
    As another APO "brother",I too remember his willingness to delve into whatever project was at hand. As well, I and those who knew him and shared days at UNCW will always remember him for his attention to details, and most definitely, his enthusiasm. Paul was always a gentleman. I also enjoyed learning from him, as his knowledge of history was both contagious and so educational. He will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate to know him. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • September 15, 2020
    Brian K Nunnally says:
    Paul was the person who brought me onto the board of the friends of fort fisher. I have so many memories of working with him over the years. He will he missed.

  • September 15, 2020
    Jackie Oakes says:
    So sorry to learn of Paul's passing. I had come to know him through the Fort Fisher State Historic site and admired his dedication to history. I send to his family prayers and my condolences.