Raube, Paul J. Sr.
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Paul J. ("Stogie") Raube Sr., a resident of Ventnor, New Jersey for more than sixty years, passed away in Alta, Wyoming on July 31, 2013, at the age of 91. He will long be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends, his irrepressibleness and the mischievous glint in his eyes. Paul was very proud of his Polish roots. Born and raised in "Fishtown" Philadelphia, Paul and his wife Jane (Reilly) lived briefly in Miami, Florida before making their home in Ventnor. There they founded the Community Market and the Community Liquor Store, which they ran together for more than forty years. They also founded the Community Liquor Store in Absecon. Paul valued hard work and enjoyed mentoring the young people who worked for him throughout the years and who became lifelong friends. Paul served his country in World War II as a paratrooper with the 503rd Airborne Combat Team, which saw action in the South Pacific. He took part in the famous Battle of Corregidor (February 16-26, 1945) as one of 1000 troops who "touched down on topside," parachuting onto the island in 16-18 knot winds. Paul enjoyed the 503rd reunions until he was well into his 80's, and valued these lifelong friendships as well. Paul was a huge supporter of Ventnor youth sports. He helped re-introduce hockey to Atlantic County in the 1970's with the Junior Blazers Hockey Team.Paul is survived by his son Paul Jr. and daughter-in-law Rose (Egnor) (Alta, WY), who, together with their children Reilly and James, welcomed Paul into their home in his twilight days and made him comfortable and happy. He is also survived by his daughter Patricia and her partner Sherry Eaton (Binghamton, NY), and Patricia's children Edward (Ned) and Joan Raube-Wilson; his sister-in-law Josephine Raube; and his nephews and nieces, and the whole extended Raube family. Special thanks to John Raube for his kindness. Paul was preceded in death by his beloved Jane, who probably had a few thoughts to share with him when they were reunited. Paul's family extends particular gratitude to the good neighbors of Ventnor Heights, including Stanley Bergman, Greer Gaskill, Tom Hewitt, Rick Schall, Sally Luaces, and Noreen McTamney, all of whom helped him to maintain his independence until he was nearly 90 years old. Paul never forgot the great staff at Wawa. A Memorial Service is planned for November at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, Ventnor, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or woundedwarriorproject.org), or the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. ( 912 Killian Hill Road S.W. , Lilburn , GA 30047 or lbda.org).
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2013