Sept. 18, 1942 – July 17, 2016
Paul J. Robel, of Elma, who owned and operated an auto repair shop in Lackawanna for more than 30 years, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after nearly a year’s illness. He was 73.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Baker Victory High School and served for six years in the Army Reserve.
After working for an auto repair shop in Orchard Park, he opened Robel’s Service on Ridge Road in 1973. He retired in 2008.
A longtime Hamburg resident, Mr. Robel moved to Elma in 2010. In retirement, he was an avid golfer and spent winters in The Villages, Fla. “Golfing and breakfast with his buddies was a perfect day,” his family said.
Known for his ability to fix anything, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Suzanne Galley; a son, James; a daughter, Amy Bork-Enos; a brother, Donald; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca.