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Dr. Paul Brendan McCormac

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Dr. Paul Brendan McCormac


Dr. Paul Brendan McCormac, 53, passed away suddenly on January 18th, 2024 in Fanwood. Born in Dublin, Ireland to Brendan and Patricia McCormac he came over to the United States early in his career and became an American citizen in 2015.


Paul received a PhD in organic chemistry from Dublin City University. Paul held various roles over the years in many pharmaceutical companies and was most recently the Chief Technical Officer at Lexeo Therapeutics. He spoke fondly of his prior roles at Pfizer and Avecia. Paul held multiple patents and was an expert, working on the cutting edge in his field. He was brilliant in the eyes of many.


Paul will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and the ability to be the center of any room he walked into. He had a booming presence.


Paul was a loving husband and a true partner to his wife, Courtney, who he loved and adored. He was the sunshine of his wife’s world. Paul was at the height of his happiness watching his son, Joseph, play soccer and his daughter, Meghan, swim and do gymnastics. He shared a passion for geography, history and sports with Joe, two peas in a pod. He was a do-er and took on Target shopping trips with Meghan joyously. He was forever amazed by all that his children brought to the world and his life; he loved them more than anything and was a wonderful Dad. He was a rock for his family.


The sight of a 6’8”, scally cap wearing Irishman and his dog, MoChara, out walking and chatting up the neighbors was a daily occurrence. Paul was never at a loss for words and loved being surrounded by people, taking every opportunity to kick off a conversation with someone new, be it a cab driver or an industry exec. Paul’s soccer team was Liverpool, a lifelong passion. His football team was the Patriots, there being no comparison to the Brady, Belichick duo. Paul held loves for music, technology and reading. He loved to cook and grill for his family, a chemist in the kitchen.


Ever the optimist, Paul never fretted about life’s challenges, rather he had the utmost confidence that whatever challenge lay before him, he would always be able to come up with a great idea. His creativity in this regard was a truly unique gift.


He is survived by his loving wife, Courtney, as well as their two beautiful children, Joseph, 9, and Meghan, 6. His mother, Patricia; brother Simon, wife Rachel and their son, James; his brother Joseph; mother and father-in-law, Peter and Kathleen Sullivan; sisters-in-law, Christine Trajkovic, her husband, Sasa; Meghan Morris, her husband, John; brothers-in-law Brendan Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, his wife Michelle; Michael Sullivan, his wife Amy; nieces, Abigail, Alexa, Riley, Amy, Maggie, Cate; and nephew, James as well as many other extended family and friends.


A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25th, from 4pm-8pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 07023. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 26th, at 1030am, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scotch Plains, NJ. Cremation will follow and is private.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Joe's and Meghan's education fund via Everloved.

Date Published:

Monday 22nd January 2024

Date of Death:

Thursday 18th January 2024

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