TRENT WOODS | Paul Vincent French, 84, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Pruitt Health-Trent Post-Acute Care Center in New Bern, North Carolina.
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Paul was born in Philadelphia to Horace and Frances French on September 20, 1929.
He discovered early in life that he had a fascination with architecture and structural design. He worked on construction crews, took engineering courses at Drexel University, and eventually became construction manager on major projects in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
Paul oversaw construction of the Tampa Bay airport and the Boca Raton courthouse. He worked with major construction firms like the Bechtel Corporation as well as influential architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. After retiring, Paul used his construction expertise to help Habitat for Humanity build houses for low-income families.
He married Anita "Brownie" Sengstack on December 21, 1990 in New Bern, where he spent the rest of his life.
Paul was a member of the New Bern First Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school. He enjoyed antiques and was president of the Carteret County Antique and Collectibles Club. While he loved golfing, gardening, needlepoint, and playing bridge, his passion was fishing. When the fish weren't biting for anyone else, Paul somehow managed to be the only person on the boat to reel in one catch after another.
He is survived by his wife, two step-sons, Jeff Sengstack of Santa Rosa, CA and Gregg Sengstack of Ft. Wayne, IN; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the New Bern First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 29 at 11am.
Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.
Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations
2015 Neuse Boulevard
New Bern, NC 28560
Published in Sun Journal on July 26, 2014