Robert A. Paul

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Robert A. Paul

October 06, 1942 - August 01, 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Robert A. Paul, born in Oneida, on Oct. 6, 1942, grew up in Hamilton.
After graduation from Hamilton High School, Robert attended Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in science.
Robert started his career with Sky Chef (the catering division of American Airlines) at the Syracuse International Airport. He then served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, in Germany. Robert then returned to Sky Chef where he started a 20-year career managing units in Phoenix, Boston, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and New Orleans. Roberts's career culminated as general manager of Sky Chef at JFK International Airport in New York City.
Robert retired from Sky Chef in 1990 and moved to Cooperstown. Robert then continued in the hospitality industry where he owned and operated three successful restaurants in Cooperstown, the Terrace Café, the 1819 House and O'Hanlan's Steakhouse. In 2004, Robert converted the 1819 House into a Bed and Breakfast that remains in operation.
Robert was known not only for his ability to manage business but also for identifying and mentoring young colleagues in whom he truly believed. His creativity and work ethic were exemplary, allowing Robert to have continued success in the hospitality industry. Known by all who encountered him as a no nonsense, larger than life personality, with a laugh that was instantly recognized from across the room.
Robert is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Alexandra and Damian Price; grandson, Anderson Robert Price; and sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Thomas Perloff. Robert is also survived by several cousins.
In keeping with Robert's wishes, his family will privately gather to celebrate his life. Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Paul Funeral Home of Madison.
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Contributions in Robert's name, may kindly be made to the Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346.
Published on August 5, 2018
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Dwenda Charles - New Orleans
Aug 16, 2018
Alex, my darling girl, my mom told me about your father's passing. Hearing of his passing hurt me so bad. I think about you guys all the time. You and your mom and dad were and still is a part of our family here in New Orleans. You were always our little baby and I always told everyone your mom and dad was and still is my aunt and uncle. I think about you and mom and dad all the time. I know you don't remember the times at the house watching you but know that you are loved and we share in this sad moment with you. We are praying for comfort and strength at this time for you and the rest of the family. You and your mom and dad was such a blessing in my life and I love you all to death.... Your dad's presence filled the room. I hated when you guys left us and I always hoped to see you all again just to let you all know the empty space you left behind when you moved away. Your dad's memories are with you always, Alex as they are here with your New Orleans family. We will continue praying for you and the rest of the family, if you should ever need to call on your New Orleans family we are right here. I love you ltitle girl... I know you're not that little anymore but you will always be to me:) Miss you, Alex.
God be with you and the whole family and may HE continue blessing you, all.
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Dan Amendola
Aug 04, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. As a childhood friend, he always kept me in stitches! He was quite a jokester with a very keen sense of humor. I will always cherish the great, fun times we had growing up in Hamilton, N.Y.
Roger Krakusin
Aug 04, 2018
Bob was a very good friend. We shared a lot of good times when we were both in college. Unfortunately, our later lives took different paths and we didn't catch up again until last year when we got together in Florida. I'm really going to miss him a lot.