Paul C. Chamberlain

Born: Wed., Oct. 14, 1925
Died: Thu., Jul. 19, 2018

Graveside Committal with Military Honors

1:00 PM Thu., Jul. 26, 2018
Location: St. Francis Solanus Cemetery

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HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Paul C. Chamberlain, 92, a resident of United Helpers Nursing Home in Canton, NY, formerly of Harrisville, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Canton – Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam where he had been admitted.

Born October 14, 1925 in Harrisville, NY, the son of Wellington P. and Birdella M. (Weaver) Chamberlain, he was a graduate of Harrisville High School.

A WWII veteran, he entered the US Navy on July 23, 1943 and served as a gunner aboard Navy vessels including the USS Pittsburgh, the Franklin Aircraft Carrier, the SS Buena Vista and the USS Cates. Many of his missions was to help and support fellow sailors and other soldiers while serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations at Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and for which he became the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 2 stars.  He was honorably discharged as a Fireman First Class from Lido Beach, LI, NY on March 10, 1946. 

Following his Naval service he returned to Harrisville and went to work for the St. Regis Paper Company in Harrisville.

He married Margaret M. Lancor on March 29, 1948 in St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville.

Paul eventually went to work for the Jones & Laughlin Steel corporation at Benson Mines in Star Lake working as a stock room clerk and union officer for the Steel Workers for 30 years until it’s closing in 1978, and from where he never took a sick day in his entire 30 years of service.  Afterwards, he became a bus driver for the Harrisville Central School District for 18 years before retiring from there.

He was a communicant of St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville, and was a member of the former Harrisville American Legion and Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

Paul’s favorite pastimes were golfing, travelling, hunting and going to camp in his younger years.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret “Peg” of 70 years, who resides in Canton; a daughter and son-in-law, Paula J. and Kevin Cole, of Colton, two sons and daughters-in-law, David W. and Carol Chamberlain, of Russell, and Joseph D. and Melissa Chamberlain, of Ft. Covington, and eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son Danny P. Chamberlain, and his two sisters, Leatrice Siver and Elaine “Lannie” Schackleford.

A Graveside Committal Service with military honors will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus Cemetery in Harrisville, with the Rev. Donald Manfred, Pastor of St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville, officiating.  A funeral luncheon will follow at the Harrisville Fire Hall.

Memorial Donations may be made to St. Francis Solanus Church, Harrisville.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville.

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Erin Tew
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018


We miss and love you all so much! Sending you all our prayers and blessings. We will always remember playing cards with Grandpa, how much he loved to drive and eat out, listening to his navy stories, and how much he loved life and was a blessing to everyone he knew! Love always, Jill and Erin

Suzanne Benson
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
I spent many beautiful hours with your family while growing up. Through boyfriends, memorable trips and just hanging out, Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain were always supportive and just there. What an incredible history he has left for his family and friends. I was blessed to have known him and I send you all my love and prayers. Suzy

Mike and Kate Lancor
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
We will miss you dearly Uncle Paul. What fun it was growing up in Harrisville and spending so much time with our Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the Lancor side; that of course included the Chamberlains. Uncle Paul's great sense of humor provided everyone with lots of laughs. He and Aunt Peg were always full of news about Paula, David, Danny and Joe whenever we visited them in Harrisville or Canton. He and Aunt Peg were very close friends (more than just family) with mom and dad (Bob and Ruth Lesperance Lancor). The four of them traveled across the U.S. together and throughout New England. I am sure Bob, Dick, Jack, Joe and Neil were all there to greet and reminisce with Uncle Paul when he passed over. They were all great friends.

Elton and Lynda wood
   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
Peg and family our thoughts and prayers go out to you and family. Paul will be miss. Lynda and Elton

Susan Burgess
   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
Dear Ones All,

Our family sends our deepest sympathy during these difficult times. I remember Paul as a gentle guy with an easy smile and as a great husband to Peg, whom I knew well through our membership in the Harrisville Culture Club. Also, as Dad to "Joey"- a good friend to Kevin and a patient guy who tried to tech me to pay guitar~

We send our love and prayers,

Sue Burgess and family

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