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UNADILLA - Paul Douglas Danforth passed away peacefully at the Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta on Monday, July 10, 2017, at the age of 97.
He was born Nov. 5, l919, to Everett and Anna Cooper Danforth at the family farm in Jefferson.
After completing a two year poultry course at Cobleskill Ag & Tech, he applied farming skills with his brother George for 13 years. A desire for further education led him to Park College in Missouri and Pittsburgh University School of Social Work.
He moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he married Eunice Mae Lovatt, who he met at Park. She predeceased him in Aug. 23, 2007, after 49 years of marriage.
He is survived by two sons, Brian (Prudence), Unadilla and Stephen (Patricia Thatcher), Dallas, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Drew (Danielle) Danforth, Ballston Spa and Patricia Danforth, Unadilla; and great-grandson, Henrik Danforth.
He is also predeceased by sisters, Eloise Weaver, Grace Davenport, Alice Danforth, Julia Foote and Marge Dayton; and brother, George Danforth.
His main career was in social work for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation for 20 years, custodian for the Iris Club for nine years, group home aide and Service Master.
He volunteered at the clothing bank, Boy Scouts of America and Troop 25, the Lancaster Historical Society, recognized for 3,300 hours on Contact phone hotline, Sixth Ward board of elections and was an active member of Lancaster First Presbyterian church for more than 50 years.
Family and friends were very important to him. Many summers were spent tent camping at state and national parks all over the country, touring China, New Zealand and Australia, attending family reunions, shoveling snow for the neighborhood and offering free advice.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held in September at the Unadilla Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Conestoga Memorial Garden in Lancaster.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to Park University (General Scholarship Fund), 8700 N.W. River Park Dr., Parkville MO 64152, or the Leatherstocking Council BSA, 1401 Genesee St., Utica NY 13501.
Online condolences may be made at www.wmaddenfh.com.
Arrangements by Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla.
Published on July 13, 2017
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