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 14, 2020
    Carson Hilburn says:
    Paul was a great guy. I was in APO with him and we all had close relations. He was a great historian along with his roommate Bob Browning. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  • September 14, 2020
    Matthew Woods, Superintendent, Moores Creek National Battlefield says:
    To Paul's family and friends, on behalf of the staff of Moores Creek National Battlefield and the National Park Service, please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. Paul was an amazing man and a dedicated individual. Even in his "retirement", Paul worked diligently to support the Moores Creek Battleground Association and Moores Creek National Battlefield on numerous endeavors. I worked closely with Paul and truly enjoyed his friendship. He certainly supported me through my first 2 years as Superintendent and I will be eternally grateful for all he did with me and for me. I pray for peace and comfort for you all during this unexpected time of loss.

  • September 14, 2020
    Greta Anita Lint says:
    I am deeply saddened by Paul's passing. There are so many stories, some serious, some hilarious. We were good friends. He was in the inner circle of my college friends. We ate, drank and worked together. He was an APO (Alpha Phi Omega) brother; most of us were. We were all service-oriented. Paul always rolled up his sleeves and worked along side us. We were all leaders and he advanced to become the student government president after we impeached his predecessor. I am deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • September 14, 2020
    Kent Flowers says:
    I have a lot great memories of Paul. We were in the same suite at UNCW and were in APO together. I enjoyed visiting him a few times in recent years and hearing about his accomplishments. I am so glad our paths crossed and I was able to know such a special person. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

  • September 14, 2020
    Jo J Stroud says:
    My heart breaks for Paul's family and friends. Having known him for a short time, I came to love and respect him. This is a great loss to all. I pray God will comfort you with precious memories.