Paul Marlow, a musician and music teacher, died Saturday in his Lancaster home after a three-month illness. He was 81.
Born in Detroit, he served in the Army during World War II, attended the Detroit Conservatory of Music and came to Buffalo in the late 1940s as a musician on Great Lakes cruise ships. Originally a violinist, he also played piano, organ, saxophone, flute, vibes, drums and several other instruments.
Mr. Marlow was a private music teacher for many years and taught as well at local music stores, including Twin Village Music Stores, Chimes Music and Kepler Music.
He was director of the award-winning St. Mary's Holy Name Society Men's Choir and directed the St. Mary's High School Orchestra in the 1970s.
In addition, Mr. Marlow was a customer service representative for National Fuel for 40 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the Hamburg, East Aurora and Buffalo locals of the American Federation of Musicians. He also was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.
He enjoyed fishing, golf, working with stained glass and recording music on his keyboards.
Surviving are his wife, the former Donna Toal; three sons, Michael R. of Mountain Home, Ark., Joseph of Depew and William J. of Lancaster; five daughters, Deborah A. Gill of Lockport, Cindy A. of Lancaster, Lynne M. Weaver of Mountain Home, Mary B. of Colden and Sara J. Gueli of Cheektowaga; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster.