Paul J. Vandor Jr. (1923 - 2018)

  • "Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories..."
    - Thomas Vandor
  • - Toni
  • "Rest in Peace Paul, Prayers for the family."

Former Juneau resident, Paul J. Vandor, Jr., passed away peacefully on January 20, 2018, at St John's Hospital, Longview, WA. Paul was 94 ½ years old. He was born on June 17, 1923 to Paul and Amanda Vandor in San Francisco, CA. He was one of three children. Paul graduated high school in San Francisco, became a merchant mariner, and then joined the U.S Coast Guard where he served for seven years, which include being stationed with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, Paul was stationed at Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal. He moved back to San Francisco after his discharge from the Coast Guard, where he met his wonderful wife, Rose Demaria. They were married January 26, 1950. Paul joined the Carpenters' Union of California and worked through that union until 1959, when he and Rose decided to move to Alaska.

Paul drove his wife, and young family, from California, up the Alcan Highway to Skagway, then took the ferry Blue Star to Juneau; arriving in June 1959. They bought property at 3 ½ mile N. Douglas Hwy, where they built a home. Paul continued his carpenter career for 27 years, and worked for the Alaskan Marine Highway System as an engineer for several years. He finished his working career as an engineer on the NOAA vessel the Muir.

Paul loved to be on the water. He had a passion for boats, and was an accomplished boat builder. He first built The Rose, then a 40' salmon troller the F/V Cheryl. In the late 80's he and his son, Ed, purchased the steel hull and top house for a 58' limited seiner, and completed the commercial fishing vessel from bow to stern. The boat was the F/V Cobra, which was fished as a longliner and used as a crab and salmon tender for many years. Paul loved being able to go along on tender trips, and he kept her engines in top working order.

During their years together, Paul and Rose built a second home, this time in Douglas, Alaska. Paul was a member of the Juneau Lions Club, and hosted numerous barbeques at their Douglas home from the club and their many friends. In 1985, Paul and Rose built a vacation home in Rainier, OR, where they traveled to frequently until permanently moving there in 1996. The Rainer property included 18 acres where Paul grew trees and hay as a hobby. Paul had tractors, excavators, gators, and movers to keep him busy in retirement. He relished being a farmer in his golden years.

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rose, who died in 2003, and by his father, mother, sister, and brother.
He is survived by his children Karl (Gale) Vandor, Ed (Margie) Vandor, and Cheryl (Dana) Howard; his grandchildren Chris (Shalon), Casey, Brian, Matt, Kurt, & Kathryn; and two great grandchildren Peyton and Landon. He is also survived by his nephews Steven and Thomas.

Paul and Rose's ashes will be returning to Juneau for a family celebration of life. The Vandor family by be reached at 7595 N. Douglas Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 11 to Mar. 10, 2018
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