ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Paul Garrick (Greenberger) 84 years old , born on May 31, 1934 and passed away on February 2, 2019. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Dee Bartholomew on March 14, 2019
I will miss you forever, you were my friend, my buddy and most of all you were the one who helped me heal from a loss so great that I didn’t think I ever could get over. I will never forget our trips and games of rummy cube and the wonderful way you helped Snoopy. You were my best friend and I loved you for being you. Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Posted by Stephen Lewis on March 11, 2019
Paul will always be my savior, friend and the best Uncle anyone could ask for.
He always made me happy, shared his wisdom and taught me how to shoot and be an all around good person. I feel he's always with me , directing my heart in the right direction. Thank you Paul
Posted by Tracy Carducci on March 11, 2019
You will live on in our hearts...

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Posted by Dee Bartholomew on March 14, 2019
I will miss you forever, you were my friend, my buddy and most of all you were the one who helped me heal from a loss so great that I didn’t think I ever could get over. I will never forget our trips and games of rummy cube and the wonderful way you helped Snoopy. You were my best friend and I loved you for being you. Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Posted by Stephen Lewis on March 11, 2019
Paul will always be my savior, friend and the best Uncle anyone could ask for.
He always made me happy, shared his wisdom and taught me how to shoot and be an all around good person. I feel he's always with me , directing my heart in the right direction. Thank you Paul
Posted by Tracy Carducci on March 11, 2019
You will live on in our hearts...
his Life

Paul was born in Syracuse, New York.  He was the son of John and Clara Greenberger, and had one sister, Harriet (Jane).

He spent most of his life in the Syracuse area, but also enjoyed many of his retirement years in Stuart, Florida, and his last few years in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, where he passed away peacefully at his home, in his sleep, on February 2nd, 2019.

Paul was predeceased by his first wife, Miriam Rydelek, and his second wife, Linda Lucio.  He had two children with his first wife, Tracy and Chad.  He had four grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica, Joseph and Kristen. He was also blessed to be able to meet his very first great grandchild, Viktor, the Christmas of 2018. He was also "grandfather" to his second wife Linda's grandchildren, and uncle to David, Diane, Stephen, Ronald, Richard, Christopher, Mia, Rebecca, Marnie, Margaret, Michael and Joseph. He was beloved father-in-law to Gary (Tracy's husband), Kathy (Chad's first wife) and Kimberly (Chad's second wife). Last but not least, he was beloved "dad" to his dog Jagger, who was most definitely the third love of his life, best friend, and four-legged soulmate. Jagger lived a long and happy life and passed away in May 2018.

Paul was a veteran and was proud to have served his country in the US Marine Corps. He was an airplane mechanic during his service, and also a Sharpshooter (for which he had been awarded medals).

Paul had a long and successful career in real estate property management, rising from humble beginnings as a mechanic to the very top of his field as a respected and innovative property manager.  He made many memorable contributions to the field, and even developed housing management programs that are still in use today. He was a champion of the under-privileged and a kind, thoughtful and generous person---beloved by the communities he served and the people he worked with.

Paul was blessed with great personal friendships throughout his life. Some of his closest friends were Dee Bartholomew, Jim Peters, and Mel Picquet---but there were many more, too numerous to list.  He was known for his great sense of humor, intelligence, kind heart, his handiness (he could fix or build anything!) and his overall joy of life. He was always the very first person to volunteer his help, someone we always knew we could count on, and someone who's companionship always made the day a little brighter.

Paul was a very creative person. In addition to his mechanical "Mr. Fix-It" abilities, he could draw and paint, and partook in many artistic hobbies during the course of his life, including model ship building, leatherworking, woodcrafting, coin collecting, arts and crafts with his second wife Linda, and he even learned to play the banjo when he was in his late seventies. He loved country music and bluegrass, and classic movies. He was also very athletic and active throughout his life.  He was a gymnast in school. (I remember him walking around the house on his HANDS when I was a child!) His latest endeavor just prior to his passing was remodeling his kitchen.

Paul also loved the outdoors (the mountains as well as the beach and ocean), and hunting, camping and fishing. He loved to travel and was a master planner of the Road Trip. The Adirondacks and the Outer Banks were particular favorite places. He also loved Busch Gardens in Virginia.

More than anything, he loved his family and friends, and treasured all the wonderful times he spent with them.  There were many vacations, trips, outings, get-togethers and simple moments with Paul that we will all cherish and remember. May he rest in peace and live on in our hearts forever.

Recent stories

Buck fever and my savior

Shared by Stephen Lewis on March 11, 2019

I was either 14 or 15 and Paul asked me if I'd like to join him at their hunting cabin for gun season for deer. I was excited to join Paul and the guys and we had a great time and they made me feel welcome. Paul told me the process of how to surround and push the deer and how to shoot a 12 gauge shotgun. Even though I never bagged a buck or doe which I felt was due to my buck fever we did have a baby deer gallop down a hill towards us, five feet away and stop. Realizing we were not another deer it darted off and we just looked at each other in awe. Another time, I ran away when I was 15 and joined the James E. Strate Show at the Syracuse fairgrounds and rode a train to Pennsylvania. I ended up getting a bad case of Pleurisi and if it wasn't for Paul finding me and calling out ,asking me to come back home I might not be here.He offered his home even when his wife was sick and he had two children to care for.He was there for me and I'll always love him for that.

The Buffalo Wing Story

Shared by Tracy Carducci on March 11, 2019

Paul spent a lot of time working in the Buffalo, New York area, and one of the local restaurants he frequented was The Anchor Bar, which is famous for having created Buffalo Chicken Wings.

My father liked to tell the story of how he was there one day when the owner approached him and asked him if he'd like to try a new chicken appetizer recipe his wife had just thrown together the evening before. He tried the hot-sauced chicken wings and gave them his personal thumbs up of approval, and shortly after that, they appeared on the menu.

Who knows? If he hadn't liked them, would the world be enjoying chicken wings as we do today? Maybe not!  My father was always a larger-than-life personality to me, and I like the idea that his personal legacy to the world might live on in such a small way. I'm embellishing shamelessly here, but I imagine that perhaps he even said "You know, I bet these would be great with celery and blue cheese."

The next time you enjoy Buffalo wings, spare a smile and nod for Paul, and say a little thank you!