Paul L. Weafer
1946 - 2020
January 30, 1946
April 3, 2020
Weafer, Paul L. ALBANY Paul L. Weafer, 74 of Albany, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2020. He was born January 30, 1946, in Winchester, Mass., the only child of Kenneth A. Weafer and Kathleen Kelly Weafer. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia Collins Weafer; and was the devoted father of Kenneth C. Weafer (Tierney Dugan) of Latham, and Christine Weafer Deegan (Michael Deegan) of Cohoes. He was the cherished grandfather of Rayne, Camille, and Brice Weafer, Tyler Dugan, and Michael P. and Patrick Deegan. Paul was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany, Niagara University, and Albany Law School. He worked for 30 years at the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission, the last 20 of which he served as the chief counsel to the commission and was often referred to as "best bill drafter in Albany" since Robert Moses. Upon his retirement from state service, Paul was a partner of Weafer and Venter Government Services. He was active in Albany politics his entire life. He served as the CEO of the Albany County Industrial Development Agency, past chairman of the Albany Water Board, and was also a past member of the Albany Charter Review Commission and the Albany Citizens' Police Review Board. Paul, like his father, was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. (He was endearingly referred to as "Papi" - after David "Big Papi" Ortiz - by his grandchildren.) He was also a dedicated fan of Notre Dame football. He took an active interest in youth sports in the Capital Region, following and fostering the athletic careers of the best in the area. When his son was younger, he coached Pop Warner football and all levels of youth baseball and became president of the Central Babe Ruth baseball league in the early 1990s. He rarely missed a game; he could be found at Albany Academy football, basketball and baseball games, even long after his own kids had graduated. Paul, known as "Weaf" to his friends, had a magnetic personality and a larger than life presence that filled a room. He had a quick wit and a playful sense of humor. He was inquisitive, had a sharp mind, and was a wellspring of knowledge; he knew a lot about a lot and could speak with anyone on just about anything. Few were more gregarious than Weaf; he couldn't help but strike up a friendly, and never dull, conversation with whomever came into his orbit. He was a loyal and devoted friend, who summoned all his gifts and talents to help a friend in need. His extraordinary generosity extended well beyond his friendships; he was a champion for the underdog and a relentless advocate for those who sought his aid and counsel. Paul developed a strong faith in his youth and maintained it to the very end, reassuring the nurses who took such loving care of him of the unconditional and boundless love of the Blessed Mother. But above all, for Paul, family was supreme. Of all his achievements, nothing was more important to Paul than being a faithful and loving husband and a supportive father; and when each of his grandchildren arrived, he doted on them inexorably. The family would like to thank the selfless nurses and physicians of the I.C.U. of St. Peter's Hospital, who compassionately treated and cared for Paul. Due to the health crisis, a Mass and memorial celebration of Paul's life will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Paul L. Weafer may be made to Autism Speaks online at To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

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Published by Albany Times Union from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2020.
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Pattie , I´m Paul´s cousin from Ma. I´m so sorry to hear of his passing. I´m named after Paul´s mom. I haven´t seen Paul since your Wedding . My parents have been gone for over 50 years . They had 5 daughters , 3 have passed . Only myself and sister Karen are still alive. Not sure if Paul ever mentioned us . I know that Ken played baseball for the Boston Braves. There is a park named after him in Woburn. My sister Karen is in Florida and met a couple from Albany . She said my cousin lives there . They knew Paul ... it´s such a small world . Once my parents died we lost touch with your mom and dad . Please feel free to contact me . RIP Paul . Kitty Kelly Lynch
Kitty Kelly Lynch
February 12, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Paul's passing today. He was such a kind gentleman. It was a pleasure working with him while he served on the Albany Civilian Review Board. He was always cordial, respectful and fair. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family and friends.
Theresa Balfe
April 27, 2020
I remember Paul as a friendly and helpful parks director in Albany in the late 1960s. He obviously lived a rich and rewarding life in Albany. My condolences, Tony Carroll
tony carroll
April 19, 2020
Pat and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss.
Bessy Velonis
April 17, 2020
A wonderful gentleman and friend from Vincentian Institute schooldays! The Learned will shine like the brilliance of the firmament and those who train many in the ways of justice will sparkle like the stars for all eternity. Rest in Peace
Diane Hart
April 15, 2020
We are so sorry for your lose. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.
Molly & Ardi
April 14, 2020
To the Weafer Family
Take comfort that now you have a special angel in Heaven looking over your family.
Justine Spiak-Wendt
April 14, 2020
Paul was a very kind and generous person as well as a true professional. I was privileged to have him as my bill drafter and my advisor during my entire time in the State Assembly. May he rest in peace.
Anthony J Casale
April 14, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
April 14, 2020
Dear Pat -- it was such a joy knowing Paul over the years. I met him through the political world of Albany. He knew how to bring people together -- and always with a warmth and smile. Cherish to wonderful memories every minute of every day of your lives. God Bless. Mary Lou Bartolotta-Connolly
Mary Lou Connollky
April 14, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss and have Paul and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers. We were privileged to know Paul and we will miss him
Tom & Leah Tyrrell
April 14, 2020
I first met Paul when we played Little League baseball together. Through the years I would bump into him in downtown Albany. He was always a gentleman, interested in how I was doing, etc. What strikes me reading the tributes posted online is the positive impact he had on so many people. It is a testament to him that he helped so many others in their careers, athletics, etc. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I hope you are comforted by your many wonderful memories of Paul.
Steve Jackson
April 14, 2020
Pat and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I have many fond memories of Paul and your family at the Ginger Man. Always a special place for your family and always a laugh. I enjoyed his stories, humor and friendship. Keep your memories close and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Shannon Kelley-Borowiec
Shannon Kelley-Borowiec
April 13, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Paul's passing..I had not talked to him in many years - but ran into him at Valenti's Restaurant a few months ago...It was so good seeing him....He will be missed...
Dennis Hurley
April 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Paul . He was one of the nicest men I've met ! Always made me smile . My prayers are with you and your children .
Kathy Cynamon
April 13, 2020
To Paul's loved ones and friends, my deepest sympathies are with you. When I was a young analyst in the Ways and Means Committee, Paul helped me in many ways - patiently and thoughtfully guiding draft legislation if I was in over my head, and giving me ideas if I just needed a hint. He always made sure we had what we needed to get things done. Paul was a real gem.
Don Boyd
April 13, 2020
Dear Pat, KC and Christine, I am so terribly sorry to hear about Paul's passing, he was such a great guy. I used to bust his chops about his Red Sox affiliation over a few laughs but we shared the same passion for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football! He always referred to my own father as the worst basketball player in Albany's history which to this day - still makes me belly laugh. I will miss seeing him around and his awesome personality. My God bless you and keep you during these challenging times.
Patrick Reuss
April 13, 2020
Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Paul and will keep him and your family in our prayers.
Nancy Carey Cassidy
April 13, 2020
Paul, you will be missed it was a honor to have worked with you at LBDC and seeing you at Babe Ruth watching games. RIP
Matthew Panza
April 13, 2020
Pat and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss.. If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to ask. Please except my deepest sympathy.
April 13, 2020
Pat, KC, and Christie-
It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you. My deepest sympathies to you during this very difficult time. Paul was a great man full of great stories and overall great person. He will be truly missed and I am very grateful to of been able to of known him. Rest easy, Paul.
Brendan Reuss
April 13, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Pauls passing. He was a sweet man with kind heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Mary Elwell
April 13, 2020
You did well Paul. Go Purple Eagle. Rest In Peace
Rick Manhey
April 12, 2020
To the Weaver Family
I had the extraordinary privilege of working with and learning from Paul as an aide to a Senator. He was never short of time or expertise to guide important issues brought before him. He is someone who positively touched the lives passing through his. My deepest sympathy to his entire family who already know his special gifts.
Elise Gordon Drexler
April 12, 2020
Pat and family,
We are sorry to hear and then read about Paul's passing.Paul knew a lot of people and will be missed by all. We will keep him in our prayers and may Paul rest in peace.
Sandy and Maggie Brousseau
April 12, 2020
Pat, KC and Christie,

I know this past month has been incredibly difficult for you. We were praying non-stop and cheering Weaf on from afar. We thought for a fleeting moment he was going to pull through and we were so excited for you all. But God had other plans. The pearly gates of heaven were much too busy. God needed someone special to help him out. Someone kind and understanding,a champion for all who could light up the heavens with their smile and ease the pain with their great sense of humor. He knew he had found his man in Weaf. Envisioning Weaf showing off his smooth dance moves and making his new home a better place brings comfort to our hearts. Sending hugs and love.
Sue and Jim Donohue
April 12, 2020
Pat, K.C., Christine and Family: Paul was a kind and wonderful person, and a true and loyal Friend. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Mike and Nancy McNulty & Family
April 12, 2020
Blessings to the Weafer family. Paul was a great, fun, and honorable man; and he will be greatly missed by all. God Bless, Bishop Richard
April 12, 2020