PANAMA CITY, FLA. Paul Pritchard Sr. was born in Youngstown, on March 21, 1925, to Joseph Henry and Anna Elizabeth Hargate Pritchard. The family included three brothers and one sister, all deceased, and another brother, David, who is still living in the Youngstown area.
Paul died Aug. 13, 2013, at his home in Panama City, with his wife, Eileen; five children, Paul Jr. (Emilie), William (Joyce), Penny Bloom and Susan Pritchard, all of Panama City and Pamela Wassmann (Karl) of Boston; and four of eight grandchildren around him.
Paul graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1943, and as his World War II service, he chose the Navy Officers Training. He trained at Baldwin-Wallace and Notre Dame Universities. He received his commission of Ensign and in 1945 was sent to the Pacific to join the destroyer Luiseno for two years.
In 1947, he married his long time love, Eileen Smith, whom he met in the seventh grade. They celebrated 66 years of marriage in April of this year.
In 1947, Paul also completed his Engineering degree at Ohio State University and was employed by the United States Steel Co. in Youngstown. He began his career as a Jr. Engineer and before leaving there he was instrumental in installing the first computer run mills in Ohio as Productions Systems Manager. He was promoted to Pittsburgh and Gary, Ind. As Civilian Director of the Chicago area Boy Scouts he, with United States Steels financial aid, planned and saw built the area Boy Scout camp ground. The family sponsored two high-school foreign exchange students in Pittsburgh and Indiana. Paul contributed his time to choir and youth groups at church and to the schools his children attended. He was a life member of the Order of Masons and of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Upon retiring from US Steel after 25 years, he and Eileen motor-sailed down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and later settled in Panama City, where their son and his wife own The Sailors Supply Co. They enjoyed the area for 35 years and four of their children live there now.
Paul lived life to the fullest, won sailing trophies with his family as crew, camped and traveled in the U.S. and Mexico in their R.V. More than anything else he loved his family and gave them good advice and an example of love and respect for others. He is missed by family, extended family and friends.
As he requested, on Sept. 18, his ashes were scattered on the Gulf waters with rose petals, at sunset.