Paul W. Raynor, 78, of Dunkirk died Saturday morning (June 8, 2013) at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Dec. 16, 1934 in Brocton, the son of the late Ivan Sr. and Margaret (Shaw) Raynor.
A lifelong area resident, Mr. Raynor served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and was a member of the Naval Reserves.
He had been employed as a police officer for the city of Dunkirk, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Police Benevolent Association, where he was a past president, and the John T. Murray VFW Post 1017.
Paul instilled in his family a love of outdoors, working the land and honor for our country. He was a loyal friend who was able to connect with people of all ages. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lorraine.
Paul was a kind and caring person with a generous heart to so many charities.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan L. Raynor of Dunkirk; four sons, Paul W. Raynor Jr. of Fredonia, and Daniel G. Raynor, Sean D. (Trudi Wolnik-Raynor) Raynor and Matthew M. Raynor, all of Dunkirk; one sister, Marion Barnum of Dunkirk; six brothers, Ivan (Loretta) Raynor of Forestville, David Raynor and Gordon Raynor, both of Dunkirk, Robert Raynor of Jamestown, Edward (Helen) Raynor of Florida and Michael (Rita) Raynor of Fredonia; eight grandchildren, Alicia, Maggie, Patrick, Daniel, Nicole, Mark, Teagan and Seamus; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine (Town) Raynor, who died March 25, 2003; and eight siblings, Dale Raynor, Carolyn Fink, Minford Raynor, Clarice Kopta and infants Joyce, Beverly, Charlotte and Alan Raynor.
Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in St. John's United Church of Christ. Pastor Zoe Milliman will officiate. There will be no calling hours. Entombment will be in Willowbrook Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226 or Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.
Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.