Paul J. Pritchard Sr. (1925 - 2013)

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Paul Pritchard was born in Youngstown, Ohio on March 21, to Joseph Henry and Anna Elizabeth Hargate Pritchard. The family included three brothers and one sister, all deceased, and another brother, David who is still living in the Youngstown area.

Paul died Aug. 13th at his home in Panama City, Fla. with his five children Paul Jr. (Emily), William (Joyce), Penny Bloom, and Susan Pritchard, all of Panama City, and another daughter, Pamela Wassmann (Karl) of Boston, Mass., and 4 of 8 grandchildren around him.

Paul graduated from Austintown Fitch H.S. in 1943, and as his W.W. II service chose the Navy Officers training. He trained at Baldwin-Wallace and Notre Dame Universities. He received his commission of Ensign and in 1945 was sent to the Pacific area to join the destroyer Luiseno for two years.

In 1947, he married his long time love, Eileen Smith whom he met in the seventh grade. They celebrate 66 years of marriage in April of this year.

In 1947, he also finished his Engineering degree at Ohio State University and was employed by the United States Steel Co. in Youngstown, Ohio. He began his career as a Jr. Engineer and before leaving there he was instrumental in installing the first computer run mills in Ohio as Productions Systems Manager. He was moved to Gary, Ind., and Pittsburg. As Civilian Director of the Chicago are Boy Scouts, he with United States financial aid planned and saw built the area Boy Scouts camp ground. The family sponsored two high school exchange students in Pittsburg and Indiana. Paul contributed his time to choir and youth groups at each church he attended and to the schools his family attended. He was a life member of the Order of Masons, also of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Upon retiring from the steel company after 25 years, he and Eileen motor-sailed down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and later settled in Panama City where their son and his wife own The Sailors Supply Co. They enjoyed the area for 35 years and four of their children live there now.

Paul lived life to the fullest, won sailing trophies and camped and R.V. with the family as crew.

He is missed by family, extended family and friends. As he requested, on Sept. 18th, his ashes were scattered on the Gulf Waters with red rose petals, at sunset.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Sept. 29, 2013
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