Paul Fuller, a lifelong Sandy Creek resident, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, July 30.
Paul was born in Lacona, NY on April 11, 1920, the son of Lloyd and Edna Fuller. In 1938, he graduated from Sandy Creek Central School. Soon he became an apprentice butcher and meat cutter until enlisting in the US Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Paul served on the USS Libra in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1945.
On return to civilian life, he married Marie Quinn and operated the Lacona Red and White grocery store. In 1960, he and Marie purchased The Snackery Diner in Sandy Creek. The Snackery was well known for their homemade ice cream and pies. In later years, Paul took over his Dad’s insurance agency until his retirement.
Paul was a founding member of the Lacona VFW and past commander in 1950 – 52. Always being civic minded, he was also a Lacona Volunteer Fireman, was involved in the Sandy Creek Service Club and the Masonic Temple. He also was a member of the Sandy Creek Methodist Church and founding member of Tamarac Hunting Club.
In 2018, Paul traveled with the Syracuse Honor Flight to our nation’s capital and in 2019 he was a member of Soaring Valor to New Orleans WWII Museum through the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, a sister Jeanette Wilder and his wife, Marie. Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia (James) Cheney, Sally (James) Beattie and Sue (Fred) Leclair, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Paul was an avid golfer, baseball fan and loved family, fishing, strawberries, sweet corn and beautiful sunsets.
Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA, 91365
Services will be August 14 at 10 am Woodlawn Cemetery Sandy Creek. A reception will follow at Lacona VFW
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