Johnsonville- David A. Paulo, 68, died peacefully Saturday, August 26, 2023, in the comfort of his longtime Johnsonville residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family, following a long illness.
Born in the Village of Schaghticoke May 14, 1956, David was the son of the late William C. and Rose Marie (Lazzaro) Paulo and, for over 40 years, the husband of Janice E. (Molesky) Paulo of Johnsonville, who survives. David and Janice were married on August 20, 1983.
After graduating from Hoosic Valley High School, David enlisted in the United States Navy, serving until being discharged in 1976 and returned to Johnsonville.
For several years, David was employed as a construction worker by the former Matzen Construction Inc. of Raymertown and, for the past 15 years, was employed by the Town of Pittstown, working in the Highway Department as a laborer. He retired in 2019.
David was a member of the Teamster’s Union and the American Legion Post #731 in Schaghticoke. He was a Master Carpenter, enjoyed woodworking in his shop at home, and thought of himself as “an unfortunate outdoorsman who should hunt with a camera rather than a gun.” He enjoyed NASCAR racing and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan, even holding a party on Earnhardt’s birthday. Above all else, David was a devoted family man who was extremely proud of his wife and sons.
In addition to his wife, Janice, he is survived by his sons and a daughter-in-law, William C. Paulo of Schaghticoke and Anthony V. and Abby Paulo of Pittsfield, MA, a granddaughter and the “Apple of grandpa’s eye,” Evelyn Alice Paulo of Pittsfield, MA, threes sisters and brothers-in-law, Debra and Robert Wasielewski, Sandra Koch, and Lynn and Raymond Millard, a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Patty Paulo, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother and sister, Richard Forhan and Helen Ryan.
Relatives and friends are invited and welcome to attend a graveside ceremony for David to be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke. There will be no public calling.
As a heartfelt thank you for their compassionate care of David, his family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps., 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094 in memory of David A. Paulo.
The Legend of Papa
Not many people know the story of Papa, born in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. A man, seven feet of personality squeezed into a five foot frame, who worked with his hands. With those hands he built a home, with a wife and a son.
As time continued to roll its way through those ancient hills those working hands hardened but not his heart. Papa filled his soul with the soft patter of two little feet. Out from those two little feet sprout a girl that softened Papa. For eight years Papa and the little girl found many adventures.
One day not long ago, Papa knew he couldn’t stay home for much longer. He fought to stay because he knew there were many more adventures to have with his little girl. But as we all know even the magic of the mountains cannot stop the rolling of time.
As the call came this morning for Papa to leave his home, built on love and return to earth where we each sprang. Papa’s wife and son remind the little girl that although called away from home his love and spirit lives on in those mountains. Papa is a legend hidden amongst the trees and every breeze is a whisper to his little girl that adventure is near.
Thank you, Dave, for always stressing the father in father in law. I am so lucky to have had you as a parent and grandfather to my daughter. You will be so incredibly missed. We love you.