PHOENIX, NY – Paul Myron Fields, 76, of Palermo, NY, passed away in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday December 18, 2012.
He was born in Phoenix, NY, to his late parents, Gertrude Ruth (Letson) and Earl Franklin Fields on August 31, 1936.
He attended Phoenix High School.
Paul was a career military man, beginning in 1954, and continuing for more than 20 years.
He served for 12 years in the USMC, with two completed tours of duty in Vietnam, and one proud Vietnam veteran!
He then entered the USAF, for eight years, stationed in Germany as well as stateside, as an instructor for pilots in Tennessee and onto Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY, where he retired with the rank of Master Sergeant.
Paul was stationed in several military bases of the service throughout the world.
Later, Paul went onto retire from a second career as a maintenance engineer for Mexico Academy and Central Schools.
He was a former president of the CSEA Union, Local 1000.
Paul was a life member of the Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW and was a post commander from 1995-96, and a member of its active Honor Guard Squad for more than 25 years.
He served on many committees, including the parade committee and was a marching participant in numerous Memorial Day parades.
He was a high ranking member of the Oswego County Council.
He was predeceased by his five brothers, Ralph, Robert, George, Willis and Charles; his
four sisters, Virginia, Vera, Elaine and Leona; one nephew, Brian, one niece, Julie.
Surviving are his children, Kathy A. Violante of Clinton, NY, Susan F. (John) Collea of New Hartford, NY, and Paul F. (Patty) Fields of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; two brothers, James Fields of Pennellville and Gary (Chris) Fields of Phoenix; three grandchildren, Joshua, Trishia and Amanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, 431 Main St., with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.
Burial, with military honors including the VFW 5540 squad, will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.
Contributions to: Phoenix Memorial Post 5540 VFW, at 70 Culvert St., Phoenix, NY, 13135.