Paul Francis Gotimer was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Lynn, Mass., the son of Grayce (Williams) and Joseph Francis Gotimer. Paul was a proud older brother to his sisters Jean, Joan and Jane. He always looked out for them and was the rock that held the family together.
After high school Paul joined the U.S. Navy and took many excursions around the world. His souvenirs from these trips were tattoos that he proudly displayed on his arms for all to see. After he left the service he worked at the Riverhead County Jail for over 20 years as the lead maintenance. Paul enjoyed this job immensely because he loved working with his hands to fix and create things.
In his early 20s, he met a woman who would become the love of his life, Grace Edwards. They were married Nov. 22, 1957. Paul moved into his wife’s family home on Edwards Avenue where they raised four children. Scott, James, Drew and Pamela looked up to their father for his wisdom, wit, humor and mischievous side.
Paul retired from the jail and jumped into some hobbies that he treasured. He was known for traveling the country with his wife in their 5th-wheel truck and trailer. He took pride in keeping his truck beautiful and clean. Paul also took good care of the house and always found projects to work on or he would tinker with his model trains that took up a special room in his house.
He shared his love of traveling with his eight grandchildren, Jacob, Daniel, Patrick, Ashley, Chris, Matt, Angela, and Nicole. Every summer Paul took two grandkids out for a week to share in the adventures of camping and seeing the country. He was notorious for being an instigator when his grandchildren were around and often shared tricks to having fun without getting into trouble by their parents (most of the time). Paul’s adventures and stories will be shared with his great-granddaughter, Mia.
Paul also leaves behind two nephews and five nieces who looked up to him, admired and respected him for his devotion to his family. He was the light of the party when he walked into a room or shared a beer at the family reunion. He will be remembered for his laughter, humor and desire to make everyone feel loved and special.
A memorial service was held Aug. 17 at Morello Funeral Home in Easton, Pa. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society, Lehigh Valley Unit, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Online condolences may be offered at www.morellofuneralhome.com.
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