Paul W. Best

Paul W. Best

AGE: 94 • Hockessin

Paul W. Best, age 94 of Hockessin, died March 22, 2014 at Cokesbury Village.

He was born in Middletown, PA in 1919 to James F. and Helen (Beck) Best. Paul graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he was active in Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart D. Pauline Baum who predeceased him in 2009. Paul worked for Hercules, Inc. for 43 years in Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan, The Netherlands, London, and Wilmington. He retired as Director of Operations for Hercules Europe. Paul was an active participant in church and community activities wherever he lived including Jaycees, Rotary International and Masonic Lodge. He was an active member of Wilmington Country Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing, and travel.

Paul is survived by three children: Pat (Keith) Pochert of Arkansas, Richard Best of Virginia, and Kim (Harold) Hein of Tennessee. He leaves four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cokesbury Chapel Fund, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707 or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19806.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 26 to Mar. 30, 2014