Niagara Gazette


March 31, 2013

Paul E. Oakes, Jr.


Paul E. Oakes, Jr., 69, of the Town of Niagara, NY, passed from this life unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Mount Saint Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. Born on July 10, 1943 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Paul E. and Eileen (Johnson) Oakes, Sr.
Mr. Oakes attended local schools. Paul graduated from the former Bishop Duffy High School, where he enjoyed their entire sports program and played a key role in getting the team to basketball playoffs. On October 1, 1966, he married the former Virginia Murtaugh in St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Oakes worked at International Paper Mill and Spaulding Fibre. Later, Paul was employed as a Senior Lab Technician at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where he retired in 1997. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, where he attended Mass at the St. Leo's site. Mr. Oakes played basketball in the former Niagara Falls Industrial League and also the Muny League, where he played on championship teams and won individual scoring titles and MVP.  Paul was a true audiophile, who wanted to share his artist's discoveries with everyone he knew. He was happiest when he could make a child laugh or treat his pet dogs to something fun.
In addition to his beloved wife of forty-six years, Mr. Oakes is survived by one sister, Maria Elena (Michael) Wojtowicz of North Tonawanda, NY; two brothers-in-law, David (Linda) Murtaugh of Henderson, NV and Robert Murtaugh of Texas; two nieces, Regis (Tim) Kowalski of North Tonawanda, NY and Patricia Murtaugh of Henderson, NV; and three nephews, Darren (Brianna) Murtaugh of Oregon, Brian Murtaugh of California and John Paul Murtaugh of Nevada.
There will be no prior visitation. A private committal prayer service and inurnment will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Arrangements have been entrusted to OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007).
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