STEEP FALLS - Paul G. Burnell, 74, of 1190 Pequawket Trail died at his home Thursday, March 11, 2004 after a long illness.
He was born in Steep Falls on Nov. 14, 1929, the son of William and Mary Strout Burnell. He was educated in local schools and graduated from Standish High School in 1947. As a young man, he worked in several different saw and planing mills. He also worked as a building material salesman for the L.H.Bradway Company of North Windham and Hancock Lumber Company. He retired from American Building Products Co. of Scarborough following 19 years of service where he headed the Ameri-Top countertop division. After his retirement, he still worked part time for the Steep Falls Building Supply in Standish.
He was active in many area organizations including the Knights of Phythias and was a past Master of the Standish Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd degree mason in the Scottish Rites. He attended the Steep Falls Baptist Church and had been very active with both the Cub Scouts and was a Boy Scout Leader. He coached both little league baseball and the Babe Ruth baseball programs and served as president of both George E. Jack and Bonny Eagle Parents Clubs. He was a very talented woodworker and completed many projects at and around his home. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, tying flies, and playing golf. Even with all his involvements, his greatest joy came from time spent with his family.
Paul is survived by his wife, Vaneta Furman Burnell, whom he married on Dec. 6, 1947 in the very room where he died on Thursday. Also surviving are four sons, Paul Scott Burnell and his wife Beth of West Baldwin, Peter M. Burnell and his wife Beverly of Sebago Lake, Jerry W. Burnell and his wife Tricia of Wells and Jeffrey W. Burnell of Steep Falls; two brothers, Philip Burnell of Steep Falls and Weston Burnell of Buxton; seven grandchildren,
Tracy Morrell of Limington, Christopher Burnell of Sebago, Andrew, Jason, and Melinda Burnell, all of Sebago Lake, and Kyle and Craig Burnell, both of Wells; three great-grandchildren, Megan Morrell of Limington, Hannah Burnell of Sebago, and Nathan Burnell of Sebago Lake; and several nieces and nephews.
It was Paul's request that there be no formal funeral service, but all friends and family are welcome to a time in celebration of his life on Monday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the family home at 1190 Pequawket Trail in Steep Falls. Interment will be in Colebrook, N.H. later in the spring. Arrangements under the guidance of York Funeral Chapel, 71 Maple Street, Cornish.
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