He was born on April 29, 1947 in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late William and Lois Spacht (Johnson) Paul.
Nicholas graduated from Sherman Central School in 1966 then served in the United States Army and a tour of duty in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged, he was employed with Chautauqua County Highway Department for six years then moved on to run the family farm. He was also employed by Sherman Central School as head custodian for 12 years then owned and operated the Morse Hotel in Sherman for 13 years where he made many friends. Upon retiring from the Morse Hotel, he enjoyed time with his family and opened Aintz Deli and Eatery in Sherman, which he owned for two years. After the sale of Aintz, he and his wife retired together to enjoy time with their family and horses, which he enjoyed training.
He was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America and attended the Philmont Jamboree in Arizona, Lions Club, Stanley Hose Fire Department, War Vets, Pony Association and Milk Incorporated. Nicholas was an avid outdoors man, loved bowling and holds the record for highest series at Sherman Bowling Lanes, softball, golf, hunting, playing cards and his family, especially his grandchildren.
Nicholas is survived by Diane Warnshuis Paul, his wife of 41 years, children, Jill (David) Pacy and Christy Paul, three grandchildren, Kimmy, Katie and Nicholas, all of Sherman, 13 brothers and sisters, Kathy (Bob) Crane, Billy (Rosanne) Paul, Mike (Nancy) Paul, Jerry (Kay) Paul, Patrick Paul, Sue (Jerry) Oehlbeck, Debbie Wasylink, Vicki (Norm) Rater, Connie Paul, Mary Lou (Mike) Spake, James (Catherine) Paul, Judy (Pat) Warren, Brenda (Doug) Johnson, mother-in-law Jessie Warnshuis and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by stepfather Larry Spacht, maternal and paternal grandparents, father-in-law Richard Warnshuis and brother-in-law Frank Wasylink,
Friends were received from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday Dec. 18. at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, N.Y., where a Christian Wake service was held at 1:45 p.m.
A mass of Christian burial was held at 1 p.m., Monday Dec. 19 at St. Isaac Jogues RC Church, Sherman, N.Y., with Fr. Josef Dudzik, Celebrant. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery. Following graveside services there was a time of fellowship at the fire hall in Sherman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Stanley Hose Fire Department Ambulance Fund, PO Box 574, Sherman, N.Y. 14781.
Nicholas A. Paul