Paul L. Schaefer, age 66, of Eden, New York died Sunday, December 1, 2013 unexpectedly in his home.
He was born December 12, 1946, the son of the late Leonard and Catherine Schaefer.
Paul married his loving wife, Carolynn S. Filipiak, on July 4, 1969 at St. Vincent de Paul in Spring-brook, NY. That same year Paul started his teaching career at Lake Shore Central School in the Industrial Arts Department. He also taught Driver Education for many years. After 32 years of service and touching many students, Paul retired from teaching in 2001.
Also in 1969 Paul started his own photo company; Hilltop Photo. Until his retirement from the photo industry in 2008, Paul took many wedding photos in addition to family portraits. He was a master at his trade. He loved people and had a unique ability to bring out a smile in everyone he photographed.
After many years of his wife Carolynn working from their family home as a seamstress, they decided it was time to expand and move into a bigger and more accessible location. In 1998, the Eden Creative Sewing Center was opened on North Main Street in Eden, New York. They worked side by side growing the business into what it is today - a haven for women to learn, and share common interests with others while momentarily escaping the many challenges of life as well as experience fun and God's healing touch.
Paul will be remembered for his love of children, his positive outlook on everything, his genuine compassion for others and his ability to always be joking around.
His family will remember his enjoyment of starting new projects.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Catherine Schaefer.
He is survived by his wife, Carolynn; and three sons, Todd (Kathryn), Scott (Colleen) and Michael (Jescie) Schaefer. He is also survived by one brother, Neil (JoAnn) Schaefer, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family invites friends to call Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Laing Funeral Home Inc., 2724 W. Church St., Eden, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Eden, NY.
Memorials may be made in Paul's memory to the Dominican Nuns of Perpetual Rosary, 335 Doat St., Buffalo, NY 14211, his go to place for prayers for anyone whom he felt was in need.
Words of sympathy may be left on www.LaingFuneralHome.com