Paul Myers spent his life making sure everyone was taken care of. Family and friends remember the Overbrook resident as a hard-working husband, father and friend who was always doing odd jobs for people. He died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
Mr. Myers met his wife, Christine, while camping on Connoquenessing Creek, where their parents owned cottages. They started dating as teens and married in 1975.
Mr. Myers didn't finish high school, instead enlisting in the Army, where he served in Okinawa, Japan, during the Vietnam War. When he returned home, Mr. Myers earned his GED and began working as a firefighter in 1977.
"He knew he needed a steady job," his daughter Christy said. "He said it was the best decision of his life."
Mr. Myers worked as a firefighter for 29 years, most of them with Station 23 in Carrick, before retiring. He then worked for the Mt. Lebanon School District as a custodian before he had to retire due to illness.
He made many lifelong friends during his time as a firefighter. After their first fire call together, Mr. Myers opened a bottle of whiskey with fellow firefighter Scott Girdwood to celebrate. Mr. Girdwood saved the bottle and gave it to the Myers family after Mr. Myers' death.
"I've known him since I was 7 years old," Mr. Girdwood said. "He was a heck of a firefighter."
Mr. Myers' dedication to helping others didn't end with the workday. Ms. Myers said her father was always doing odd jobs for friends and family: cutting the grass, working on neighbors' roofs and helping people move.
He prided himself in his work, a lesson he passed on to his daughters. Ms. Myers remembers a time he visited her at work and jokingly grilled her boss, asking, "Is she working hard?"
"He loved to laugh," Ms. Myers said. "He was a fun-loving, kind human being."
In his free time, Mr. Myers loved bird-watching, playing golf and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Christy of Overbrook and Melissa of Carrick; sister, Diana Stupak; and one grandson.
Funeral services were Wednesday.
Lauren Lindstrom: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1964. First Published January 15, 2014 11:58 PM