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Paul James Corbutt


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Paul James Corbutt Obituary
VERNON - Paul James Corbutt, of the Highland Lakes section of Vernon, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 11, after a short illness. He was recently predeceased by Patricia, his wife, of 62 years.
Paul was born in Jersey City, in 1932. He attended St. Paul of the Cross grammar school, graduated from Holy Family High School and attended Seton Hall University. He served in the Air Corps and was discharged as a corporal to attend infantry school. He graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. At the end of the Korean War, he went into active reserves and was a company commander in the National Guard.
Paul met his wife, Patricia, at his sister Mary Frances' wedding in 1954. After marrying Pat in 1955, they lived in the three-family home on Palisade Ave. Much love and laughter could be found there, as the four Corbutt children and five Branagan cousins grew up together, along with their parents and grandparents. After summering in Highland Lakes for a number of years, the Corbutts moved to "the Lake" year round in 1971.
After beginning a career in the printing industry at Alco Gravure in Hoboken, Paul also worked at International Paper Company, before retiring from JC Penney's corporate office in New York City, where he earned the privilege of partnership.
After his retirement, Paul discovered his love of cruising. He and his late wife, Patricia, spent many hours at Captain's Club Cruises in Middletown, N.Y., planning their next trip. Together, they visited many wonderful places, returning often to Bermuda where they had honeymooned in 1955.
He loved spending time with his seven grandchildren, Richard, Connor, Theresa, Liam, Maggie, Owen and Kieran, especially taking them out to eat, fixing them meals and watching "Wheel of Fortune" together.
Paul is survived by his sister, Mary Sheridan, of Toms River; daughter, Catherine Brennan and her husband, William, of Middletown, N.Y., daughter, Lillian Ryder and her husband, Richard, of Ridgefield, daughter, Frances Rumsey, of Vernon; son, Paul G. Corbutt and his wife, Veronica, of Pompton Plains; seven grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for both Paul and Patricia will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in Vernon. Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, from 3-7 p.m. at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (GPS use 1 Vanderhoof Ct.), Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Karen Ann Quinlan Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860 would be appreciated. For directions or online condolences please see www.fergusonvernonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 14, 2018
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