Paul Edwin Straitiff Sr.
Retired Fort Deven's Fire Fighter, Retired Pepperell Fire Dept. Deputy Chief,
Marine Corps Veteran, VFW
PEPPERELL -- January 21, 2013 Paul Edwin Straitiff Sr., 79, passed away after a long illness at his home in Pepperell, Massachusetts. He was born March 2, 1933 in Pepperell, a son of the late William A. and Doris (Blood) Straitiff. After graduating from Pepperell High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
, serving from September 24, 1952 to September 23, 1956; the day he married Ella Mae Adkins of West Virginia whom he met while serving in Cherry Point, NC. He was a Staff Sergeant served in Japan with the 3rd Marine Division.
As a veteran, Paul belonged to the VFW, serving as Quartermaster at Post #3291 in Pepperell.
In his early years, he worked for 2 years at Kye's Farm and 4 years at Woodhaven Greenhouse, both in Pepperell. He was employed for 15 years at St. Regis Paper Mill, 9 years at the Pepperell Braiding Company and is a retired Captain after 25 years with the Fort Devens Fire Department. Paul is also a retired Deputy Chief with the Pepperell Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of the Odd Fellows.
His interests include traveling, a love of birds and nature, devotion to his and his wife's extended families, his great pride in his long service with the Fire department and considered himself a lifelong Marine.
He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Ella Mae. He is survived by his children: Paula Adams of Billerica, MA, Wilma Berry of Grottoes, VA, James of Pepperell, William of Nashua, NH and Paul, Jr. of Nashua, NH. His Grandchildren: Jonathan Genest, Joseph Landry, Nicole Landry, Jessi Straitiff and Rachel Straitiff. Son-In-Law's Wayne Adams and Rick Berry, Daughter-In-Law Sue Palmer; Granddaughter-In-Law Ashley Genest and Great-Granddaughter Madeline Genest.
Paul is also predeceased by his brothers John and Charles and survived by sisters: Ruth Ham, Sara Brooks, Florence Wilbert, Ida Straitiff, and Doris Barlow and by brothers: Ralph and Alfred.
STRAITIFF -- There are no Visiting hours or Funeral Services. A private family burial will be held at a future date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Pepperell.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to, the Pepperell Fire Department - EMS, or International Order of Odd Fellows - Beacon Lodge #175, 12 Park St., Pepperell MA. 01464. Arrangements by Hamilton-McGaffigan Funeral Home, 37 Main St., Pepperell, MA. please see www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com