Paul H. Dellinger, a retired master plumber and mechanical engineer, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 85.
Born in Rochester, he graduated from the Park School and the University of Buffalo Engineering School with a degree in mechanical engineering.
During World War II, he was a member of the Army Specialized Training Program and served as a transport officer on troop ships crossing the North Atlantic.
During the Korean War, Mr. Dellinger served as a lieutenant in the Army's Military Government Division and was an officer of a truck company supplying front-line forces of the United Nations.
In 1959, he continued the family business, Dellinger Plumbing Co., started by his grandfather, John Dellinger, in 1883.
Mr. Dellinger was president of the Buffalo and Erie County Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors from 1973 to 1975 and was voted Contractor of the Year in 1977. He also had been treasurer of the New York State Association of Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors from 1979 to 1986, Western New York regional director from 1975 to 1977 and state director from 1990 to 1991.
Mr. Dellinger was appointed to the Buffalo Examining Board of Plumbers in 1983 and was reappointed to three-year terms until 1995.
He became chairman of the board in 1993, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city's licensing of master plumbers by the board.
In 1986, he joined the Buffalo Public Works Department as a senior structural engineer. Later, he served as project engineer in the architects engineers office for Buffalo Public Schools.
After retiring in 1997, he was a member of the board of directors of Hope Prison Ministries and volunteered with Bissonette House, a residence for men recently released from prison.
Mr. Dellinger enjoyed small boat sailing with his family and was commodore of the North Shore Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Alice Lord O'Brian; a son, Peter of Rochester; three daughters, Jane L. Booker of Rochester, Anne V. Cocklin of Rock Point, Md., and Molly Dellinger-Wray of Richmond, Va.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Newman Center at Buffalo State College.