Paul Thomas Brower, 83
Hagerstown, MO - Paul Thomas Brower, 83, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at his home.
He was born on May 12, 1935 in Kingston, NY to Scott Sherwood and Maude M. Brower of Haines Falls, NY.
Paul was a 1953 graduate of Hunter-Tannersville Central School in Tannersville, NY. Immediately following graduation, he began his life-long trade of carpentry, starting as a carpenter’s apprentice with United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. In 1958, he was drafted by the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Corporal and serving in peace-time Germany until his honorable discharge in 1960. Aside from a brief stint as a trooper with the New York State Police from 1962 to 1961, he was involved in carpentry, the building trades, and supervisory roles in the construction industry for his entire life until his retirement in 2008.
Career opportunities brought him and his family from New York to Maryland in 1977, first to Cumberland and, ultimately, to Hagerstown, where he has lived for the past 37 years.
Carpentry and woodworking remained life-long hobbies. Paul was most frequently found working in his shop, crafting furniture and household items and he readily assisted friends and family with various construction projects, large and small. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman, with spring turkey hunting becoming a passion in his later years.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd degree); a charter member of the Haines Falls Volunteer Fire Department (1954), Haines Falls, NY; a councilman for the Town of Hunter, NY; and a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Hagerstown, MD.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Laura Brower (née Tamara), whom he married on June 19,1965; his sons, Scott Thomas Brower and Michael James Brower, both Of Hagerstown, MD; his brother, John “Jack” Edward Brower of Haines Falls, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins living in New York, Florida, and the Carolinas. Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Sherwood Brower.
The family will receive friends at Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main Street, Hunter, NY on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. On Saturday, July 14,2018 at 11:00 am, a funeral mass will be held at immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Haines Falls, NY, to be followed immediately by interment at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Elka Park, NY.
In lieu of flowers, Paul asked that any gestures of sympathy/remembrance be made In the form of donations to either Hospice of Washington County, MD (hospiceofwc.org) or The Salvation Army (salvationarmyusa.org).