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Paul J. "Bud" Stein Jr., 90, of LaVale, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with his daughters at his side.
Born on Feb. 15, 1927, in Keyser, W.Va., Mr. Stein was the son of Paul and Mary Stein (Brookman). He is preceded in death by his wife, Sara Jane (Lee); and his daughter, Patricia Anne.
Surviving are his two daughters, Bonnie Johnson and husband, David, Cindy VanderVeer and husband, David; and four grandchildren, Nick and Samantha Johnson, and Kate and Anne Cameron.
Paul was a graduate of LaSalle High School and served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was an active member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church where he served as maintenance committee chairman. He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 63, serving on its board of trustees for five years. He was a member of the Engineers Club of Cumberland, served as president of both the LaVale Civic Improvement Association and LaVale Swim Club, served as vice president of Parkside Elementary PTA for two years, and was an active volunteer for the Allegany High School Band.
Paul was most active in the LaVale Lions Club, which he joined in 1971 when he was sponsored by Ken May. He served three years on the board of directors, accepted office of first vice president in 1977 and was elected president in 1978. Throughout his membership, he served as chairman for numerous committees including property maintenance, visitation, finance and budget, membership and retention, public affairs, and chicken barbecue. He oversaw a number of improvements for the popular barbeques and was a member of the hearing conservation and the boys and girls committees. He was honored with the LaVale Lions Lion of the Year award in 1976, and the Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest award bestowed by the International Lions Club, in 2005.
Arguably most impactful to our community was Paul's efforts serving as LaVale coordinator for Project Open Space. Because of his efforts, the land for LaVale Library and the LaVale Swim Club pavilion was secured and two community parks were established; LaVale Park, consisting of four lighted tennis courts, basketball courts and walking trails; and Lions Park, with two more tennis courts, playgrounds, ball diamonds, and soccer and football fields. Paul Stein oversaw construction and maintenance of the parks getting Program Open Space funds from government agencies to build and continue their maintenance today.
Paul retired from Walter N. Yoder and Son where he was a mechanical supervisor and estimator, and helped the company establish a subsidiary company, RiteWay, specializing in an asbestos abatement.
Paul enjoyed the beach, working outdoors, woodworking, and especially liked feeding the deer around his home.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon. Members of the LaVale Lions Club will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at noon with Deacon Frank Werner officiating.
A private interment will be held in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Saint Jude Tribute Program, Post Office Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, which was the charity most important to both Paul and Jane.
Published on May 31, 2017
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