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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Obituary: Ronald Leroy Paffie, 77, formerly of Little Genesee


Ronald Leroy Paffie, beloved patriarch of the Paffie family passed away on January 18, 2016, at the age of 77, after a long illness.  Most recently of Hemphill, TX, Ron also lived in Little Genesee, NY and North Ft. Myers, FL.  He is survived by a large and loving Italian family most particularly his two children, Domina Marie Paffie and Joseph Elvin Paffie (Nancy) and 7 grandchildren:  Kennedy Hassman, Sullivan Paffie, Baker Paffie, Brady Paffie, Sydney Paffie, Sammi Paffie and Sadie Paffie.
“Great” Uncle Ronnie, as he liked to be called presided over a family of 24 nieces and nephews, 67 great-nieces and nephews, 101 great-great nieces and nephews, and 20 great-great-great nieces and nephews.  For many years he hosted the family reunions bringing all these people together. He was also a prominent member of his mother’s extended Presutti family. 
Born on March 31, 1938, Ron was the youngest of 8 children.  He was always surrounded by family and was thought of as an adored older brother by the nieces and nephews more than as an uncle.  Ron liked jazz music and playing the drums at family gatherings.  He was also an avid hunter and a big bocce player.  He was also great cheerleader for all things ITALIAN.  He visited Italy several times and met cousins on his mother’s and father’s sides of the family.  Several years ago he again visited Italy with his American cousins.
Ron was a very visible member of the Little Genesee and Bolivar communities and when he was in town could be found most every Sunday in attendance at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which he had attended all of his life. 
Ron had a long and distinguished career in the service of his country.  His service began as a member of the National Guard in Olean, NY.  He then joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany as a radio technician and operator.  After an honorable discharge. Ron worked for the US Post Office in Houston, TX, where he met his future wife Wanda Baker.  While in TX, Ron joined a local Corvette club and won many awards and championship trophies for his driving expertise.  Later he served his country as a communication expert with the CIA at stations around the globe.  He also worked at Fluor Engineering Corporation again providing his expertise to the international community.  After retirement, Ron kept busy working for Shaner Development Corporation, by managing rental properties in NY and FL and by keeping alive the oil fields around Bolivar working his oil lease with his partner, Brad Schiralli, on the Bartlett Road. He was preceded in death by his adored parents Charles Paffie and Lena Presutti Paffie both of Little Genesee, NY and brothers Joseph, Francis, Robert and Lawrence Paffie and sisters Angelena Whitney, Helen Childs, and Virginia DeRock. 
However you knew him – as Dad, grandpa, Papa Ronnie, Uncle Ronnie, “Great” Uncle Ronnie or Ron—you loved him and he will be missed in all the communities in which he lived by many family and friends.
As a veteran who proudly served the United States, a Memorial Service fitting his service is being planned at the National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
A Memorial Mass celebrating Ron's life will be held at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice.
Local Arrangements are under direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar.