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Aug. 9, 1951 – Sept. 12, 2013

Paul William Mathias, of the Town of Tonawanda, a lawyer and longtime youth hockey coach, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 62.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1969 graduate of Kenmore West High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, where he played football and freshman hockey, was a writer for the college newspaper and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He received his law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1977.

Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980, Mr. Mathias was associated with Blair, Martin and Messina before setting up his own office in the Town of Tonawanda.

He served as youth hockey coach with the Buffalo Regals, Wheatfield Blades and Niagara Junior Purple Eagles, where he helped start a girls hockey program and was known as a dedicated coach who never missed a practice. He also helped establish the Kenmore girls high school varsity hockey team.

He was a past member of the Kenmore Rotary Club, the Gyro Club of Buffalo and Kenmore Council 3076, Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include two daughters, Brianna M. and Kaeli M.; his mother, Doris M.; a brother, Daniel J. Jr.; two sisters, Nancy T. Ford and Mary M. Barber; and his longtime companion, Paula Bush.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. today in St. Timothy on the Park Catholic Church, 565 East Park Drive, Town of Tonawanda.