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Paul F. Evans, retired railroad engineer, farmer

Jan. 8, 1946 – March 12, 2016

Paul F. Evans, of Derby, a retired railroad engineer, died March 12 in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School and served in the Army in Korea during the Vietnam War.

The son of a railroad engineer, Mr. Evans began his 44-year railroad career at the age of 16, working on mail trucks for New York Central. He later was a fireman for Conrail and retired from CSX as an engineer in 2006. He also served as a railway union representative.

He volunteered at homeless shelters in Buffalo, for Meals on Wheels and for Operation Good Neighbor.

After moving to Derby in 1970, he became a gentleman farmer, keeping chickens, pigs, turkeys and homing pigeons and raising bumper crops of cherry tomatoes.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting for deer, turkey and pheasants. He also raised tropical fish, for which he won numerous awards.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Betty Palma; a son, Paul II; a daughter, Kimberly Prizel; and two grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. John Paul II Parish, Lake View.

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