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  • Obit: Paul K. Satrape

  • On Friday, October 25, 2013, Paul K. Satrape died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. This witty, articulate, strong, resourceful, courageous man came into the world on Oct. 4, 1917 in Pittsfield, MA, the seventh of 9 children of Antoinetta and Emilio Satrape. He started working at the age of 5 selling ne...
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  • On Friday, October 25, 2013, Paul K. Satrape died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. This witty, articulate, strong, resourceful, courageous man came into the world on Oct. 4, 1917 in Pittsfield, MA, the seventh of 9 children of Antoinetta and Emilio Satrape. He started working at the age of 5 selling newspapers on the town square. After graduating high school in the Great Depression, Paul started his own business, creating jobs for his brothers at the Glass House ice cream parlor. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Paul became a radioman 3rd class on the battleship USS North Carolina serving in several major battles of the South Pacific. Paul attended college on the G.I. bill and graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburg with a B.A. in Business Administration. It was there he met Claire M. Sansfaçon, a registered nurse from Quebec. They married, moved to Dover, Delaware and had six children. Paul was self-employed as an automotive tools sales rep, first selling Mac and then Matco tools, traveling in his stepvan to garages all over lower Delaware until he retired at the age of 80. Paul was a faithful husband and a wonderful father. He enjoyed gardening, healthy eating, singing, taking long walks, and traveling. Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Cross Church. He stayed abreast of politics, espoused conservative traditional values, and cherished our American freedoms. His family and faith always came first. Dementia slowly took away his memory, but that never stopped Paul from enjoying life. His sunny humor and sense of comedic timing lasted to his dying day. One of the last things he said was, “Smile, please, smile.” He endeared himself to the wonderful caregivers who deserve special mention: Monga, Patricia, Troy, Corinne, Monica, and Margaret. He was pre-deceased by his wife Claire and infant son John. Paul is survived by his brother Tony Satrape, his children: Lilian M. Rogers, Annette C. Satrape, Henry B. Satrape, Evelyn M. Webster and her spouse Art, and Philip Satrape, nieces and nephews, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home of Michael J.Ambruso, 1175 S. State Street, Dover. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St. Dover, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations be made to the Pregnancy Help Center of Kent County, 1991 S. State St, Dover, DE 19901. Condolences may be made via www.ambruso.com.

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