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James R Paul

James Robert "Harley" Paul

January 3, 1943 ~ November 27, 2016 (age 73)    

James R. “Harley” Paul of Sinking Valley died peacefully at home on Sunday November 26, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born January 3, 1943 to the late William and Helen (Ryan) Paul.  He married the love of his life Mary (Knepp) Paul on October 21, 1961. Mary provided him with the best care possible at home throughout his illness as his primary care giver. They shared 55 years together and had 5 children who were all his favorites;  Diane (Jay) Stulz of Berlin, MD., James Jr., of Altoona, Michael (Sue) of Clarksburg, MD., Pamela (Phil) Keth of Duncansville, and Donald (Denise) of Warriors Mark.  Jim is also survived by his favorite grandchildren; Travis Stulz, Meghan Paul, Maggie McCauliff, Brittany Paul, Sunny Paul, Caitrin McCauliff, Shane Paul, Dylan Paul, Maria Paul, Bree Paul and Annabel Keth.

Jim is also leaves behind his brothers Bill (Carole) Paul of Las Vegas and Jerry (Virginia) Paul of Altoona.  Jerry helped care for him and was always there when Jim needed him.  He leaves behind many special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters in law, and uncle Robert (Louise) Paul of Altoona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Barbara Liner.

Jim was a lifetime salesman working for Penn Traffic, TastyKake and retiring from Blue Lustre.   He and his wife Mary owned Harley’s Sub Shop in East End for many years.  Jim was always excited about the thrill of a good deal, buying and selling all sorts of things.  If you were looking to buy something in particular, he “knew a guy” to help find it for you, maybe making a buck on it too!  He loved antique cars and took great pride in his collection, especially his 1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible.

He was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran serving from 1959-1963.

Jim was most proud of his family.  Nothing made him happier than to see the success and happiness of his children and grandchildren.  He loved hearing about their promotions, how many cars they sold, how many points they scored, the cases they were working on, their grades in school, and making an injustice right. He was always eager to be the first to hear their news and share with everyone he talked to after!  He loved those phone calls providing updates on the latest news in the family.

Jim was a great friend to so many.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and a great laugh.  He loved his Friday Poker nights with his buddies.  He was a man with generous heart often paying for meals for strangers in restaurants, giving two dollar bills to children to see them smile and wonder.

Jim and his family are so grateful to the staffs at Grane Hospice and Home Health and HealthSouth for providing him with such wonderful care over the last few years.  He was blessed to be cared for by such compassionate people. 

Jim made great memories with those who loved and cared for him.  He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends will be received from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday November 30, 2016 at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday December 1, 2016 at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc. with Pastor Carol Bookwalter officiating. Interment will be made at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the “Jaffa Kiddies Christmas Party”, in care of Jaffa Shrine, PO Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603-1984.

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11/29/16 10:00 AM #1    

Sandra L Kenner (Pritts)

Well another friend and classmate gone!   Jim and I lived a block apart growing up. We attended grade school,  junior and senior high school together.  I know Jim had serious health problems for the last several years.  We are so glad Jim and Mary attended our last reunion with us.   RIP my friend.

11/29/16 02:27 PM #2    

Jeffrey C Dietze

I really hate to read about losing classmates; but this one really hits hard.  Jim and I were close when we were teammates on the AHS baseball team and even when we were competitors in the Kelley summer baseball league.  Last May some of "the guys" got together to attend the Veterans' Hospital Armed Forces Day celebration and we all visited Jim and Mary at their home in Sinking Valley that Saturday.  It was great to see Jim again, share some stories, some laughs and enjoy each other.  I know we gave Jim and Mary some happy hours, but I think "the guys" enjoyed seeing him just as much, particularly after losing track during the past 50 or so years.  As we walk down the path of life, we all leave footprints; some big and some not so big.  But when we look at Jim's footprints, we see some really large footprints.  He was a great teammate, friend and family person.  We will all miss him and I personally am very glad to have seen him again last May.  Prayers for his family and Rest in Peace, Jimmy.

Jeff Dietze

11/29/16 05:02 PM #3    

Linda L Murphy (Ferguson)

So sorry to lose Jim.  Mary & Jim, Patti & Tom Acker, Carol & Marlin Berry and Ron & I went to our senior prom together.  Some days it seems like yesterday, some a million years ago.  Rest in peace Jim.  Linda & Ron

11/30/16 08:41 AM #4    

Judith D Arthur (Rossman)

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. .mary you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

11/30/16 04:43 PM #5    

Harold W. Stitt

Jim, I will always remember the times we spent on ball fields around town.  While playing pony league and Jr Federation we were on the same fields but wearing different uniforms as opponents.  At AHS we shared the same uniform as our alma mater.  They were always good times and great memories.  Perhaps we will be playing on the same team again some day.  Until then, rest in peace my friend and thanks for the memories.  Harold Stitt

12/08/16 11:25 AM #6    

Patricia A Fields (Acker)

I was so sorry to read of Jim's passing.  Jim& Mary, Ron & Linda Ferguson, Marlin & Carol Berry, & my husband, Tom & I all went to our Senior Prom together, all got married & are STILL married. & we have gone to reunions together.  Sadly, Jim is the first to leave this group of friends, & I think he is the youngest of all of us.  We will miss him when we get together, which does not happen often enough since my husband & I live in Florida.  Rest in peace dear friend-you can tell us some great stories when we all join you on the other side!

12/18/16 11:14 AM #7    

John A Hauser Jr

 Miss you my good friend, I met Jim  in the summer of 1957. We play baseball together, worked for the same company, went to the prom with our dates, spent time in the army together . Had many good times and many laughs ,he was always proud of your family . One thing I used to tell Jim that he would never starve to death because he was always working  making deals .  I have many good memories  of my friend jim . Until we meet again . Your good friend John 

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