Paul Eric Sorth

Born: Wed., Nov. 27, 1963
Died: Sun., Jul. 21, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 24, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 25, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Music by The Piano Brothers

Paul Eric Sorth, of Harborcreek, Pa., passed away
peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday,
July 21, 2019. He was born on November 27, 1963, in
Erie, Pa., the son of H. Kenneth Sorth and Mary Jane
Sanfilippo Sorth.
Paul grew up in Harborcreek, Pa.
and had attended the Gertrude Barber
Center, then the Harbor Creek
School District.
He was preceded in death by both
his parents, Mary and Ken Sorth.
Paul has been our gift from God, a
gift we will cherish forever. He was
a gentle soul, but his love was powerful.
He loved without limits and
with such purity. We may have thought we were here
to teach him, working to help him develop and learn,
but in actuality, he taught us more. His lessons to us
included the true meaning of unconditional love.
What a source of joy he has been for his family and
those who knew him! We will forever remember
so many of his endearing qualities: how real and
contagious his laugh was, his kisses that were like a
puff on your cheek, but so heartfelt, his appreciation
of Sesame Street from its conception to even recent
days (Paul may be their oldest fan), his spot-on
imitation of Cookie Monster, his unsolicited clapping
and laughing when something made him happy, his
need to be comforted during a thunderstorm, his
teasing sense of humor, his way of sensing someone’s
sadness then comforting them with a few gentle pats
on the arm, and certainly not least of all was his love
of music, starting at a young age singing at the piano
with his beloved dad Ken accompanying him. His
favorites included everything from the Beatles to the
Sound of Music. He especially enjoyed singing “Rocky
Raccoon” with his cousin Beth playing guitar. He may
not have been able to carry a tune, but that didn’t stop
him from singing. He knew all the words and his sense
of rhythm was impeccable. He loved to dance, too,
with his sisters and at special events. He had moves!
Paul amazed us with his recall of birthdays. His
memory was often better with birthdays than names.
(Hello, March 29 ) Maybe it was because he so enjoyed
celebrating them, whether it was his own or someone
Paul was an inspiration to so many who knew him.
There are several family members who pursued a
career in special education because of him, who are
now contributing greatly in that field.
We never wanted to lose our Sweet Paul in this life,
but we know he is now in the arms of the Lord. We
can only imagine how spectacular Paul’s reunion in
heaven with Mom and Dad will be.
Survivors include his sisters, Carolyn Bauer
(Charles) and Lisa Puckly (Jerry), Lizzie Donikowski
(niece), Joseph Puckly (nephew), Kenneth Puckly
(nephew), also close family Matt and Chicaga Bauer
and sons Bo and Marrick Bauer, and so many cousins,
aunts, uncles and friends.
Special appreciation goes to cousin Nick Sanfilippo
who has been a tremendous support in Paul’s final
chapter, and also to his wonderful and caring Hospice
Nurse Mary Pollard of Heartland Hospice.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Wednesday
from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and are invited to
attend a funeral service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the
funeral home.

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