Paul W. Ordiway, 83, passed away Friday (Nov. 2, 2012) in Almond, at the home of his longtime companion, Marie Rigby, following a brief illness, surrounded by family.
Mr. Ordiway was born on Dec. 16, 1928 in Andover to Lawrence and Lillian (Halsey) Ordiway. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On July 31, 1948, in Andover, he married Lorraine Witter, who predeceased him on May 17, 1996.
Paul owned and operated Paul's Place, his barber shop in Andover. He apprenticed under Ardean Matison in Alfred in 1953 and continuously barbered for the next 59 years in either Andover or Alfred. He served as head of maintenance and drove bus for Andover Central School from 1976 to 1994. Additionally, he worked at various times for D & L Feed, Ordiway's Plumbing & Heating, Woodruff's Cheese Factory and Andover's Silk Mill, all in Andover.
In addition to Marie, his loving companion of 15 years, he is survived by three sons, Dennis (Susette) Ordiway and Jeffrey (Bonnie) Ordiway, both of Andover; and Toby (Kathleen) Ordiway of Niagara Falls; a brother, Dale (Diane) Ordiway of Andover; five grandchildren, Justin Ordiway of Corning; Jeremy (Samantha) Ordiway of Andover; Christeen (Jeremy) Salimbene, Eileen (Nicholas) Wrobel and Tyler Ordiway, all of Niagara Falls; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Salimbene and Chloe Salimbene, both of Niagara Falls; and Lilly Ordiway of Andover; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Ordiway; and a sister, Ruby Ormsby.
Paul was a member of the Andover Baptist Church from 1957, where he served as deacon and trustee and sang in the choir. He was also a life member of Andover American Legion, Andover Rod & Gun Club and the National Rifle Association. He was a charter member and EMT for the Andover Rescue Squad and belonged to the Andover Fire Department and Andover Golden Agers. He was a long-time member of the Andover Masonic Lodge and concordant bodies of Masonic Order of New York State. He loved to travel and always stopped at yard sales. He enjoyed woodworking. He had a passion for country music and dancing, and formerly played bass cello in a band. His extensive collection of shaving mugs and straight razors were proudly displayed in his barber shop. His life was full and well-lived but it was his love for family, friends and community that was the true measure of his life and devotion.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 11 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Marc Chamberlain of the Genesis Bible Church in Scio, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Valley Brook Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Paul's name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.