Paul is survived by his daughter, Sue Ellen Herne; stepson, Glenn Allen Hill, Sr. (Sheila); his grandchildren, Levi and Logan Herne, Colleen Mitchell (William), Melissa Malasmas (Glenn), Glenn Hill, Jr. (Carrie) and Taylor Hill; his aunt, Mae Tarbell; his brother, Thomas Vernon Herne (Antonia); two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Terrance and Richard Peters; sister-in-law, Gisela Herne; great grandchildren, Rain, Caeleigh, Ansley, Miley, Ellie, Emmalin; and Jonah; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ellene Mary (White) Herne, who he married on December 9, 1964 in Bombay, on October 26, 2010; his parents, Mose and Katie Herne; and his siblings, Johnnie, Catherine, Beulah, Jean, Martha, William, Julius, and Arthur.
Paul was a veteran of WW II, US Army (Pacific). While stationed in Hartford, CT, guarding the Pratt-Whiney aircraft factory, he rescued many civilian victims of the Hartford Circus Fire. He was a retired ironworker, who had resumed work after a fall in 1975 in Brockville, Ontario. He also worked in lumber camps and enjoyed fishing as a young man and remained active for his whole life. He enjoyed yard work and making birdhouses.
He passed away Sunday afternoon, October 7th, in his garage while working on one of his many building projects. As per Paul’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Family and friends are invited to his home on Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 a.m. for the scattering of his ashes.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hogansburg/Akwesasne Ambulance Service. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.