Pablo Jose Paiz died surrounded by his loved ones on March 22nd at Providence Hospital of a heroic battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
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Pablo was born on September 13, 1962 in Bay Shore, New York to Dr. Edgar Bayardo Paiz MD of Managua, Nicaragua and Mary Sheila Paiz Robison of Lockport, New York. Pablo graduated from Brentwood High School, Brentwood, New York in 1980 and from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1984 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. It was at Coe College that Pablo met and fell in love with the love of his life, Patti Lee Aberly. Pablo and Patti were married in June of 1986 at Saint Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood, New York.
The couple moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1990 where Pablo was hired as a Police Dispatcher by the Anchorage Police Department and where Patti gave birth to their first son, Gary Paul Paiz. Gary Paul was joined by his brother, Jacob Matthew Paiz in 1993.
In 1994 Pablo entered the Anchorage Police Department Police Officer Academy. Pablo graduated as the class Valedictorian in 1995 and began working as a patrol officer. During Pablo's 21 years with the Department he earned the Department's Medal of Valor for helping save lives at a fiery plane crash in downtown Anchorage, The Police Commendation Medal for his role in identifying, tracking down and arresting a man who was committing sexual assaults while posing as a police officer, The Meritorious Conduct Medal, several Life Saving Medals and letters of commendation. In addition to his regular duties, Pablo served as a Field Training Officer, providing on-the-job training to police recruits. Pablo also served as a Hostage Negotiator. Pablo was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 and was recognized by the Municipality of Anchorage in 2009 as the Employee of the Year for his work managing the Department's Dispatch Center.
Pablo was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in May of 2011, just before Pablo and Patti were ready to travel to Hawaii in order to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The employees of the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipality of Anchorage rallied around and strongly supported Pablo's family during his battle with cancer with prayer, offers of assistance and financial support. A number of fund raising events were held and Pablo's coworkers helped send Pablo and Patti to Hawaii in February of 2012 so they could celebrate the anniversary that was interrupted by his cancer treatment.
Pablo is survived by his beloved wife Patti and his sons Gary and Jacob; his sister Mary Cecilia Brock of Watertown, New York, her husband Christopher Brock and Pablo's nephew Thomas Brock; his father and mother-in-law Gary and Nancy Aberly of Anchorage, Alaska; his brother and sister-in-law Darrell and Darlene Ault of Anchorage, Alaska; his brother and sister-in-law Park and Suzanne Miller of Scottsdale, Arizona and his niece Sierra and nephew Cortlan. Pablo is survived by many aunts and uncles and cousins from both the Paiz and Robison sides of his family.
Pablo was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Edgar and Sheila Paiz; his grandparents, Julio and Hortencia Paiz, and Donald and Catherine Robison, and his cousin Matthew Robison.
A Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday March 26th at 11:00 at St. Patrick's Parish with a reception to follow in the Deacons hall.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Lustgarten Foundation 111 1 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714 www.lustgarten.org to fund pancreatic cancer research.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013