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PAUL J. WEIGEL JR., UTILITY EMPLOYEE, SAILOR

A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul J. Weigel Jr., 62, a longtime Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. consumer relations representative and a sailor, will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Louis Catholic Church, after prayers at 9 in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, S-4199 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg.

Weigel died Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2001) in his Derby home following a 2 1/2 -year battle with colon cancer.

A graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Erie Community College, he worked for Niagara Mohawk for 33 years.

Weigel was a charter member and past treasurer of the China Light Yacht Club and a founding member of the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club. He regularly raced in Buffalo Harbor's Wednesday night series, participated in local regattas and made long voyages to Lake Huron's North Channel.

He helped children build canoes as part of the Sea Fever project and helped make a fender for the racing yacht America. His hobbies included renovating homes and boats, including his own home and his 35-foot yacht, which he completely refurbished after retiring.

He was an active member of St. Louis Church, a member and past president and treasurer of the Derby Club and a past commissioner of the Wanakah Sewer District. He also loved cross-country skiing and hiking.

Weigel is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn H. Smith; a daughter, Christina Lynn Duffy of Batavia; a brother, Carl J. of Buffalo; and a sister, Ann Grosskopf of East Aurora.

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