Paul Edward Canfield, 64, passed away Dec. 18, 2013, at Hospice of the Western Reserve.
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Paul was born on March 31, 1949, in East Cleveland, to Ralph and Dorothy (Downer) Canfield. He spent his youth in Chester Township and attended West Geauga High School, graduating in 1967.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Canfield Smith; brother, Robert C. (Debi Matson) Canfield; stepbrother, Charles Mathes; stepsister, Laurie Arshonsky; and niece, Tonya C. Zimmer.
Paul served four years active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971, initially supporting the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Md., as a photographer's mate (Petty Officer 3rd Class). His last assignment was aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Forrestal, where he completed duty tours throughout the Mediterranean Sea. A mechanical whiz, Paul quickly gained a reputation among crew as an ace camera repairman. Later in life, he'd apply his natural mechanical and technical abilities to his profession and scores of sailboat and home improvement projects.
After returning stateside, Paul completed his college education, first earning an associate's degree in business related disciplines from Cuyahoga Community College, and then a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kent State University in 1977. While at KSU, he became a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Zeta Lambda chapter) and was fleet captain of the KSU Sailing Club.
Paul then entered the field of industrial machinery sales, working for a number of companies, including Elkhart Press Corp., Niagara Machine and Tool Works Inc., U.S. Amada in California and Machinery Associates in Mentor. He eventually established his own international small business (Machine Tools and Automation), selling precision machine tooling to customers in the U.S. and Canada.
An accomplished and highly skilled sailor, Paul's early dinghy experiences on Pymatuning Reservoir led to acquiring a Venture 22' to sail on Lake Erie. While working in California, he crewed on many races, including the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Back in Ohio, he became widely known and regarded for the competitive edge he held with his Seidelmann 25' sloop, "Tachyon". Racing with the Grand River Sailing Club (GRSC) for more than 30 years, Paul won numerous first place awards and served as GRSC Commodore in 1994. He also collected many trophies in Cleveland Sailing Association invitational regattas.
Paul is remembered by fellow sailors, customers, family and friends as multi-talented, intelligent and curious. He took meticulous care of his boat, but was never too busy for a friendly dockside chat. He would lend a hand with boat repairs, often devoting long hours to ensure the appropriate materials were used and that everything worked right. Paul's other interests included photography and tinkering with computers, as well as writing, reading and watching movies.
A memorial service/celebration of life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Potti Funeral Home, 1009 Mentor Ave., Painesville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Paul Canfield to the
(www.cancer.org) or Hospice of the Western Reserve (www.hospicewr.org).
Potti Funeral Home
1009 Mentor Avenue Painesville, OH 44077
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Jan. 11, 2014