March 6, 1927 - April 3, 2014

George J. Paul, long active in local and state-wide fire district organizations, died Thursday in his West Seneca home after a short illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Sloan High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army just weeks after graduation, serving as a technical sergeant and medical corpsman in Europe. After World War II, he attended Chown Business School and Stratford Business College.

Mr. Paul moved to West Seneca in 1959 and shortly thereafter joined the Reserve Hose Fire Company. He quickly became very active, serving as fire company president in 1961 and 1962.

In 1963, he was elected as a fire commissioner for West Seneca Fire District No. 3, an office he held for 40 years. He subsequently became the fire district treasurer, a position he still held at the time of his death.

Mr. Paul served as the president of the West Seneca Fire District Officers Association, the Erie County Fire District Officers Association and as president of the New York State Association of Fire Districts in 1998 and 1999. He continued to serve as a local director of the state association until his death.

He served as a director of the New York Fire Districts Mutual Insurance Company, an organization that offers lower cost liability insurance to member fire districts.

In addition to his involvement with the volunteer fire service, Mr. Paul served as a director and a past president of the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and was named West Seneca Citizen of the Year in 1979.

He was a longtime member of the West Seneca Rotary Club, where he was a past president and named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honor. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He worked for many years with the McDougall Butler and Bisonite Paint companies, as a sales representative and later serving as sales manager.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Helen Mroz; two sons, James and Eric; a brother, Richard; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Monday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.