Roger D Paul

Roger D. Paul

October 3, 1934 - August 17, 2019

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."

Obituary of Roger D. Paul

Roger D. Paul, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 17, 2019 at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (Tuohey) Paul; his daughter, Kathleen (Paul) Cavagnaro; his son Timothy Paul (late Ann Marie DeCesare), his son William Paul (Timothy Hawkins); grandchildren Brian (Michelle) Cavagnaro, Mary Cavagnaro, Emily Cavagnaro, Nicole Cavagnaro (Demia, Devin, Diovanni Cavagnaro), and Ashlynn Lewis. He was predeceased by his beloved son David R. Paul, brother Gordon Paul, and brothers-in-law Richard Tuohey and James Tuohey.
Born October 3, 1934 and raised in Dayton, NY he was the son of Earl and Wilma Paul and step-son of Morris Robbins.

As a child, Roger worked on his grandfather's farm, inspiring a life-long work ethic, a desire to volunteer, and a love of gardening. He met his wife, Elizabeth Tuohey, a nurse working in Gowanda, NY and they were married in 1956 at St. Patrick's Church in Lockport. While raising his family in Holley, NY Roger managed several ACME Markets before attending Rochester Institute of Technology and graduating from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor's degree in Education. Moving to Lockport in 1970, he was a substitute teacher in the Lockport Middle Schools and High School. He then began his career at Harrison Radiator as a supervisor, retiring in 1988.

Roger and Liz enjoyed travel through many US states, Canada and Ireland. Once retired, they spent winters in Seminole, Florida where Roger enjoyed many close friendships and family visits.

He volunteered throughout his life. He was CCD Coordinator and a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Patrick's (now All Saints) Parish, and Ombudsman for Niagara County. He shared his talent as a gardener at the Children's Memorial Park. He served on the Twin Oaks Board of Governors in Florida.
Roger found great joy working in his garden and it was a sight to behold each year. His green thumb produced beautiful annuals, perennials, and delicious fruits and vegetables he proudly shared with family and friends.

The family will be present on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara St. Lockport, NY from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, where prayers will be held at 9:30 am Wednesday, August 21, 2019. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at All Saints Parish 76 Church St. at 10:00 am. Interment at Cold Springs Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to Niagara Hospice House or Catholic Charities would be appreciated by the family.


  1. Colleen Palmer on August 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Roger was a great guy.
    Mark, Colleen and Kori Palmer

  2. Beth Soemann Degan on August 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Such an accomplished good person. My sympathy to all of you.

  3. Kay & Duck on August 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    So very sorry. Roger was a great guy & we loved to watch him walk to church ever day. He will be greatly missed. Prayer to all

    • Amber (Paul) Gonzales on August 20, 2019 at 4:43 am

      Sending love and sympathy from California. This is a beautifully written obituary. I wish I’d known Roger better. The few times we spent together he was always warm and kind to me. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for your comfort, Liz. ❤️
      -Amber (Paul) Gonzales

  4. Elaine Brady on August 18, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family! The North-end will miss you, Mr. Paul … May you rest in eternal peace!!! Tom & Elaine (Johnston) Brady xoxoxo

  5. Donna Rubert and family on August 19, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Prayers for your family 🙏💕

  6. Karen Cordle on August 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers

  7. Maureen Hudson on August 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Uncle Roger will be missed… love and prayers to all of you.

  8. Jean & Bill Conley on August 20, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Dear Liz & family,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Roger. Bill & Roger’s friendship goes back to HRD days. We had some fun times before we moved away.
    Peace & love,

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