MONTAGUE - Paul Wilton Stone, 67, of 477 Federal Street, died Wednesday evening, July 31, 2013 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, following a four-month battle with cancer.
He was born on October 12, 1945 in Greenfield, MA, to Wilton F. and Mary L. (Williams) Stone and was educated in Montague Public Schools, Turners Falls High School and Greenfield Vocational School.
Paul worked in his youth, logging in the woods with his late father Wilton. He later was employed by Puffer Construction Co. as a laborer and worked his way up to the position of foreman. He also worked for Warner Brothers Construction where he was in charge of a paving machine. He rejoined his father in the operation of Stone's Logging & Trucking and then at Stone's Equipment Repair (established in the late 1970s) working for over 30 years.
Paul was affiliated with the former Montague Lion's Club, Montague Harmony Lodge of Masons, Montague Lodge of Elks, B.P.O.E. #2521 and served as a member of the Montague Center Fire Department Prudential Committee (Fire Commissioners) for a three year term.
Paul was an avid race car enthusiast and drove his own race car #39. He raced at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH, Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH and at Riverside Speedway, Agawam, MA at the former Riverside Park. He was awarded the Best Appearing Car, the Sportsmanship Award and Rookie of the Year Award in 1985. Paul raced in Strictly Stock, Pro Stock and Street Stock classes and won numerous races and one championship over several years, and supported his two sons in their racing pursuits.
He was a NASCAR fan and attended racing events at Daytona International Speedway, Pocono Speedway, Dover Delaware Speedway and Loudon New Hampshire Speedway. He was a boating enthusiast and over the years owned several boats and watercraft. He co-owned with his brother Ed, a Piper Cherokee Six airplane and flew as a private pilot to NH, Cape Cod, Maine, MA and Florida.
He was a seasonal resident of the Forest Lake Campground in Winchester, NH for over 20 years. He enjoyed watching wildlife in its natural habitat.
Paul owned his own golf cart and could be found scooting around his home and business along Rte 63 with his typical gesture of a ""wave of his hand"" to all with whom he came in contact.
He married the former Esther Ruth Sullivan, on May 25, 1974. The Rev. Harvey Flemming performed the ceremony in the Grace Methodist Church, Turners Falls, MA and they celebrated 39 years of marriage this past May. Paul and
Ruth took several cruises to various destinations that included, the islands of St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Panama Canal, the entire length of the Erie Canal System in New York, as well as the Trent-Severn Waterway in Canada.
He leaves to remember him with love and affection his wife of 39 years, E. Ruth Stone of Montague. His children: Thomas Stone and his wife, Cheryl of Ft. White, FL, Jason Stone and his companion, Jessi Thibeault, of Montague, MA and Jennifer Stone and her husband, ""Jimmer"" Senn of Millers Falls, MA.
Additionally he leaves his beloved grandchildren who include: Harley Elizabeth Senn and Austin Randall Senn (who adored their P-Pa) and Cheryl Bradshaw, as well as his great-grandchildren Tayoddrich Bradshaw and Peyton Bradshaw. Paul leaves his loving siblings who include: Edward Stone and his companion, Laurie Stafford, of Montague, MA, Donna Bean and her husband Edward, of Sidney, ME, Brenda Stone-Puffer and her husband John, of Shutesbury, MA, Norma Hunting and her husband Timothy, of New Salem, MA and Penny Bean and her husband Calvin, of Sidney, ME. Additionally there are several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Paul also leaves his sister-in-law and her husband, Donna and Rev. Charles Bordonaro of Northfield, MA.
The Stone family will receive guests on Monday, August 5, 2013 from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Services at the request of the deceased and his family will be private with burial to take place in the Plainview Cemetery, North Leverett, MA, with his brother-in-law, Rev. Charles Bordonaro, Pastor of the Northfield Baptist Church to officiate.
Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Montague Center Fire Department, 28 Old Sunderland Road, P.O. Box, 237, Montague Center, MA 01351-0237 in appreciation of the exceptional EMS service provided by the department to Paul during his period of failing health.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.