Paul W. Mace, 83, of 725 County Route 18, Lake Clear, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at his home.
Born in Saranac Lake, on Nov. 28, 1930, he was the son of Henry and Cora (Donaldson) Mace. Paul married B. Jean Stanley on March 3, 1951. Jean predeceased Paul on Nov. 13, 1998.
Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from Aug. 15, 1950, until Aug. 16, 1953. He was a Corporal, Hq. Battery 376th Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd airborne. He was a radio-telecommunications section chief of the Special Forces. He was a member and former business Agent of the local 373, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.
Paul was a licensed guide and a special game warden for 12 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved hiking, camping and outdoor sports. He also spent time with Noah John Rondeau in Cold Brook. Paul loved fixing things and working with wood. He made canes and walking sticks out of tree roots. He loved art and his specialty was drawing pictures on the computer. He also enjoyed writing short stories. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always called him Big Grandpa. Paul enjoyed his morning coffee with friends at the Mobile Station and playing lottery tickets.
He is survived by a daughter: Terry Fountain (Kenneth) of Lake Clear; two granddaughters: Sherry and Becky Fountain (Fred Duchaine); two great-grandchildren: William and Abigail; two brothers: Thomas and David Mace; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean; two sons: Robert O. Mace and Paul William Mace II; his father and mother, Henry and Cora Donaldson Mace; and two brothers: Floyd and Lawrence Mace.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend JoAnn White, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will take place at Pine Ridge Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday with full military honors.
Friends wishing to remember Paul W. Mace may make memorial contributions to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home. Family and friends may also share their memories and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.