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Paul Ray Early

Paul Ray Early, 72, of East Brady was called home to join his best canine buddy, Bentley, in heaven the morning of April 24, 2024.

Paul was born March 28, 1952 to Walter and Verna (Seybert) Early in Callensburg, PA. He was the youngest of three children and gave his parents a run for their money.

Paul leaves behind his wife Genny, whom he adored, his children Tara (Brandon) Geibel of Chicora, Neal (Ashton) Early of Butler, Crystal (Tyler) Rankin of New Bethlehem, and Ryan (Shelbie) Drayer of Tidal, his grandchildren Savanna, Maverick, Teagan, Hayden, Braiden, and Ryker, a brother Andy (Sally) Early of Marienville, sister Linda (Eric) Elder of Harborcreek, and his father Walter (Shirley) Early of Clarion.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother Verna (Seybert) Early, his in laws, Bruce and Ruby Wiant, and many close friends who were waiting to greet him at the pearly gates.

Paul attended Keystone High School, then went into the work force where he was employed by PPG paints, Pullman Standard, and Armco until he found his niche in mining and served as superintendent of Brady’s Bend Corporation for 35 years. Paul was a wealth of knowledge, serving on mine safety committees and underground fire and rescue teams for the majority of his career. He could fix anything and possessed a great amount of patience in teaching employees/friends/family how to do things. He always made time to help a friend or neighbor with a project and was always willing to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Paul was a man of many talents. He could fashion a musical instrument from almost any common household item from a flyswatter to a kayak oar, to a piece of PVC pipe and a welding rod. Paul also had a knack for autobody work and spent many hours sanding, priming and painting with his son in law Brandon, his grandson Maverick, and his lifelong best friend Chick Wiles.

If you were fortunate enough to know Paul, consider yourself lucky. He was never too busy to turn away visitors and more often than not a morning cup of coffee on his porch on North Vot Lane, would end much later that night with a fire, mini beers, and loads of laughter. Paul was always quick with a joke (not always appropriate, but quick) and loved spending his time with family and friends. He was the founder of SNAFU mining and a dynamite expert. He spent a lot of his time on the river boating, skiing, and participating in belly smacker contests. Paul also loved hosting groups of friends in his garage, dubbed Redneck Underground where there was no shortage of guitar music, laughter, and heated games of pool. Paul was a member of Cowansville American Legion, Rimersburg VFW, and a lifetime member of the Sons of Italy in Brady’s Bend.

Paul will be missed dearly by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Sunday mornings will never be the same. We are considering starting a go fund me page for Pittsburgh Brewing Company, makers of IC Light as their business is about to suffer significant hardship with the loss of Paul’s patronage. He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his friends and family. He truly loved each of them and if you knew him, you knew it. When his time came, he carried himself with dignity and strength, full of love for those who passed before him. Paul’s last words of wisdom were to “love everybody, because in the end that is all that you have.”

Services for Paul were private. Arrangements are under the direction of Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services, East Brady, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's name to VFW Post 7132, 7052 PA-68, Rimersburg, PA 16248.

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