Paul Anthony Elchynski

Born: Thu., Jul. 30, 1942
Died: Sun., Mar. 25, 2018


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 31, 2018
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 02, 2018
Location: St. Gregory Church

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Paul Anthony Elchynski, age 75 of Findley Lake, NY, passed unexpectedly in West Palm Beach Florida.  Born on July 30, 1942 in Erie, Pa, Paul graduated from St. Bonifice grade school and Tech Memorial High School.  He was recognized as Grocer of the Year in 1976 by his peers. He owned and operated supermarkets in North East, PA, Ripley, NY and Erie, PA.  Paul was devoted to his business becoming a fine employer respected by all in his profession. He was known as a friend to the needy and an unending source of energy in civic matters as a leader in his community.  He served as President of the local Chamber of commerce.  He was a Board member of the PA Food Merchants Association, St. Gregory’s Parish Council and a coach and participant in the sports program.  He was a member of the North East American Legion, Lakeview Country Club, and North East JC’s.  He owned and operated Herbie’s Herefords Farms raising beef cattle in Findley Lake, NY. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and especially riding his Honda trike with his wife of 56 years.
As a beloved father and grandfather, he enjoyed the annual reading of the Christmas story and followed their sports activities for decades.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Virginia Elchynski, grandmother, Josephine Serakoski, dear aunt, Ethel Maxumczyk, brother, Charles Elchynski, nephew, Bryan Trocki,
brother-in-law, Bernie Trocki, and son-in-law, Kris J. Vargo.
Paul is survived by his wife, Bernardine (Rutkowski) Elchynski, children, David (Shawna) Elchynski of Philadelphia, PA, Tamara Vargo Kress (Gary) of Harborcreek, PA and Sandy Corchado of Pittsburgh, PA, sisters, Judy Trocki of Erie, Ruth Mazurski (Philip) of Florida, grandchildren, Bryan Elchynski (Stevee), Justin, Jordan and Joshua Elchynski, Rachael, Kalli, and Teven Vargo, Konnor and Kohlton Corchado, great grandson, Forrest Elchynski; sister-in-law’s, Mary Ann Fabin (Frank) of Erie, Carol Delo (Donald) of Erie, Judy Keffer (Robert) of Florida and dear friends Mary Ann and Nemo Alecci. Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Saturday, March 31, from 2:00 pm till 8 pm and are invited to attend a prayer service on Monday at 10:30 am followed by a funeral Mass celebrated by Reverend Thomas Brooks at 11 am at St. Gregory’s Church, 48 South Pearl Street, North East, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lions Bank of NW PA, Inc. 5105 Richmond Street, Erie, PA 16509.

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Mark Lowman
   Posted Thu March 29, 2018

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Mark Lowman.

My sincere condolences to the family .... Paul was a great inspiration and my friend. Sincerely, Mark Lowman

Irene Stankiewicz Matz
   Posted Thu March 29, 2018
Dear Bernie,
I am so sorry for your loss. May loving memories bring comfort and smiles. I fondly remember our friendship and days at St. John's and high school. Would live to reconnect with you. My sympathy to your children and family.
In sympathy,
Irene Stankiewicz Matz

Roy and Carol Laemmerhirt
   Posted Fri March 30, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Roy Stanford
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
It is with tremendous sadness that I learned of the passing of Paul from this earth. Paul's commanding spirit and leadership style has lived for over 30 years within me and shall continue to do so as I feel blessed to have known, worked and associated with him in many fun, exciting, and, even difficult facets of life. I will raise up a PBR for PAE.

Carol & Ray Wakley
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Dave, Shawna & Elchynski Family, We are so sorry to read of the loss of your dad & pray that you all find peace & comfort in the wonderful memories you share. He will be with you always. With sincere sympathy, Ray & Carol Wakley

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