of Waterford, passed away September 30, 2017 at 85 years of age. Beloved husband of Eleanor “Ellie” for 43 years; father of Lenore Thomas and Tim (Shawn) Dean; grandfather of Christian, Lindsey, Bryson, Madison, and Allison; brother of Mary Wilhoyte, Richard “Dick” Pinner, and Patricia “Pat” Parkin. Preceded in death by 7 siblings. Paul was an exceptional site carpenter and oversaw projects all over the country. He was one of the few skilled tradesmen that worked on the Silverdome from beginning to the end. He met his wife Ellie while a member of the Lakeland Players; an avid golfer and part of the “hole in one” club; enjoyed his pontoon boat, crossword puzzles, and time spent with his family.
Family will receive friends 3:00 – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD.
No funeral service will be held.
Karen Thibodeau Bliesath
Dearest Ellie and family,
My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Paul. Karen
Paul was my friend for fifty years. An ornery cus right up to the end,he was my friend and I will miss him.
We had a lot of good times as one can imagine. We traveled for golf,history,and fun. Arizona and Michigan for golf, Montana and Washington DC for history but fun was always a destination.
Today I am searching for adjectives to describe him to those who didn't, know him well. Ornery and cantankerous maybe and certainly eccentric might fit.
Paul had a softer side he tried to hide and we got an occasional glimpse. Into it Funny, kind, generous and careing certainly all fit. Paul had certain magnetism that drew people to him, this was his unique charm.
Wherever he is he is happy because his world now doesn't have Republicans,"TV dope", or taxes.
Goodbye my friend
My condolences to you Ellie and the family. I was lucky enough to know Paul for many years and will miss him greatly!
Paul, you will be missed. Thank you for all that you did in keeping my 2 daughters and families with your love and attention while I could only watch from afar.
You have always been a a good friend.
Ellie our hearts bleed for you.
Paul has been a part of my life for over 50 years...our first conversations began in the late 1960's at the gas station he owned--he was always such a friendly guy. Our paths continue to cross and we were both in the cast of the play The Cain Mutiny. We ended up on a golf league with our mutual friend, Howard, and this lead to a lasting friendship consisting of family gatherings, golf outings to Arizona and general shenanigans. (What happens in AZ stays in AZ!) Ellie was always supportive and let's say 'tolerant' of Paul's unique character traits! I have so many memories of him, I cannot begin to list them, but I will miss him.
Ellie, Our paths never cross anymore so I'm unable to tell you in person how sorry I am and give you a huge hug. This will have to do.
I never met your husband, but he must have been a wonderful man to be married to you. Please know I send you my warmest thoughts.