Paul Schofield has traded in the noisy sidewalks of Boston for the tranquility of the French countryside.
"Outside my door, I . . . just see vineyards. It's a postcard," said the longtime public relations rep for State Street Bank & Trust Co., among others.
He closed the doors on his 19-year-old firm, Schofield & Co., Aug. 31 to spend more time writing at his home in southern France; his next project is developing an idea for a screenplay that explores historical events.
Known for his grace and knowledge of the industry, Mr. Schofield began representing State Street in 1981, before many financial services groups had begun to use public relations services. "I've been fortunate to know a lot of nice people, who have been nice to me," he explained.
Retiring along with Paul is his wife, Sheila, who "made the mistake of coming into the office the first two weeks it was open" and continued for 19 years as office manager and bookkeeper, Mr. Schofield said. Traveling with them will be their dog, Tanya.
They intend to divide their time between their home in Hingham, Mass., and the farmhouse they bought several years ago outside of Toulouse, France. The five-acre lot adjoins numerous vineyards.
"For medicinal purposes, I'll have all the wine I need," said Mr. Schofield.