aul James "PJ" Shoemaker passed away unexpectedly at Wilkes Barre General Hospital on Thursday. His spirit, presence and twisted sense of humor will live on through his wife, Kerris Bellino, and his children, whom he adored and were his whole world.
Paul was born on Oct. 6, 1981, son of Vicki Walker Long, Plymouth, and Peter Yourglivich, Laflin. He was also called "son" by his grandmother, the late Jimmie JoAnn "JoJo" Harrison, and aunt Judy Corker, Plymouth, who helped raise him and loved him dearly. He was very dedicated to his mother, with whom he waged endless two-way battles that scared most women and children but whom no one else ever dare say a word against; and Gram JoJo, who spoiled him rotten and was the fiercest protector, defender and staunch advocate of her "Peach." Paul attended Wilkes Barre Area and Wyoming Valley West schools, and is still a legend in his own right in the halls of every school he attended.
Throughout his life, Paul worked on anything that could be taken apart and put back together. He started with his mother's VCR and a brand new Nintendo and graduated to the type of machinery used at recycling centers, which he would proudly tell you are bigger than a house. He could listen to a problem with one of those machines and not only tell you what was wrong with it, but have it fixed before your on-site mechanic strapped on his tool belt. He often moved ahead in his jobs very quickly due to this talent, and that was a source of great pride to him. He rarely bragged about his abilities and rapid advancement to his co-workers (at least not the way he told it). He loved his black Dodge Charger and named it "Sideswipe," and everyone knew when he was coming when that car came within a block of his destination.
He met his wife Kerris in the most unlikely of places, but his charm, quick wit, smile and ability to show true care and concern for her were no match for her defenses. He read her every thought, saw through her ability to hide her pain, taught her how to live her life for her and no one else, and most importantly that true love does exist and is more amazing than she ever dreamed. He is survived by three children: daughter, Destiny Danowski, his personality twin, with whom he shared his twisted sense of humor and beautiful smile; son, Kaleb Walker, his "mini me," whose facial expressions and mannerisms are exactly like his Dad's and on whom the sun rose and set; and daughter, Kaleigha Walker, whose strength, determination and "no fear" attitude he admired and bragged about very often; two canine "daughters," Bella Blue and Molly May, who brought him so much joy and comfort in both good times and in bad; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who also reside in the Plymouth/Larksville area.
He was preceded in death by too many members of his family who died too young: cousins, Randy and Matthew Jones, of Plymouth; cousin, Brandyn Robbins, of Larksville, whom he loved to tell stories about and missed dearly; and an uncle, Terry Jones, who passed shortly before Paul was born.
A viewing and memorial service will be held at the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washington St., Plymouth. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his mother, Vicki, or wife, Kerris to be set aside for his children's educations or to your local animal shelter.
Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc
87 Washington Ave Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 8, 2013