Paul Fields, Vietnam War veteran

Paul Fields

Paul Fields

Paul Myron Fields, 76, of Palermo, died in Lakeland, Fla. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

He was born in Phoenix to his late parents, Gertrude Ruth (Letson) and Earl Franklin Fields, Aug. 31, 1936. He attended Phoenix High School. He was a career military man, beginning in 1954 and continuing for over the next 20 years.

He served for 12 years in the USMC with two completed tours of duty in Vietnam. He then entered the USAF for eight years, stationed in Germany as well as stateside, as an instructor for pilots in Tennessee, and on Griffiss AFB, Rome, where he retired with the rank of master sergeant.  He was stationed in several military bases of the service throughout the world.

Later, he went onto retire from a second career as a maintenance engineer for Mexico Academy & Central Schools. He was a former president of the CSEA Union, Local 1000. He was a life member of the Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW and was a post commander from 1995-96, and a mem ber of its active Honor Guard Squad for over 25 years.

Paul Fields served on many committees, including the parade committee and was a marching participant in numerous Memorial Day Parades. He was a high ranking member of the Oswego County Council.

He was predeceased by five brothers, Ralph, Robert, George, Willis, and Charles; four sisters, Virginia, Vera, Elaine, and Leona; one nephew, Brian; and one niece, Julie.

Surviving are his children, Kathy A. Violante of Clinton, Susan F. (John) Collea of New Hartford, and Paul F. (Patty) Fields of  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; two brothers, James Fields of Pennellville and Gary (Chris) Fields of Phoenix; three grandchildren, Joshua, Trishia, and Amanda; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held yesterday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Services will be held today, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, 431 Main St., with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw officiating.

Burial with military honors, including the VFW 5540 squad, will be in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St., Phoenix.

Contributions may be made to Phoenix Memorial Post 5540 VFW, at 70 Culvert St., Phoenix, NY 13135.

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