Paul J. Panik, Sr., 73, of John Street, husband of Christine, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, while traveling to visit his nephew and his wife, Ben and Jenny Desmond, in Annapolis, Md.
Paul was born in Little Falls on Oct. 29, 1939, a son of Paul and Jennie Zorce Panik, and graduated from high school with the class of 1957. From 1957 to 1960, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps; later, he was employed at General Electric Aero Space Manufacturing Compnay, Utica, as a metrologist, retiring in 1994. He was married to Barbara Perri; later the couple was divorced.
In July, 2001, Mr. Panik moved to Constableville. On Sept. 15, 2001, Paul was married to Christine Desmond at the Mohawk Country Club of Niskayuna.
In addition to his wife, Christine, Paul is survived by his beloved children: a daughter, Suzanne (Robin) Hagadorn, Fort Johnson, and one son, Paul J. Panik, Jr., Herkimer. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph.
A visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler St., Boonville, where members of Tun Tavern Marine Corps Detachment No. 961, Charles J. Love Post No. 406 American Legion and Harland J. Hennessey Post No. 5538 VFW will conduct services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend services on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial in Boonville Cemetery, where Rev. Sean Patrick O’Brien will officiate and where members of the above military posts will render military rites. Paul’s ashes will be laid to rest at a later date in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Tun Tavern Marine Corps League Detachment No. 961, Annual Appeal, P.O. Box 315, Boonville, NY 13309, or to Constableville Fire Company, Constableville, NY 13325.
For an online message of sympathy or to share a memory of Paul, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com.