Saint John Paul, 75, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 surrounded by his family in Somerset.  He succumbed to a stroke from earlier in the week.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Saint John Paul was born on August 7, 1940 in Portsmouth, Ohio and graduated from Portsmouth West High School including a member of the National Honor Society.  He worked in the Portsmouth area and throughout his career was a dairy plant manager, restaurant manager, ambulance driver, EMT, National Registered Advanced Paramedic, and a chemical operator and chemical safety coordinator.  The companies he worked for included Ideal Dairy, Coffee Cup, Pizza Pub, Life Ambulance, and U.S. Chemicals, Mitsubishi, Aristech Chemicals [Haverhill, Ohio].  Saint John also owned a Saw Sharping business in West Portsmouth and provided service to the public.  Saint John volunteered for many years to the following organizations in the area: Washington Township Fire Department & Ambulance and Christmas Float, and Life Ambulance.  His hobbies included fishing, boating, making custom knives, carpentry, and furniture refinishing.

Saint John Paul was the beloved son of the late John Paul and Wanda [Penn] Paul of West Portsmouth.  Saint John is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Paul, and sister, Michael (Frank) Peters.  His children residing in Ohio include Michael ‘Tim’ (Carolyn) Paul, Nathanial Tyson (Jane) Paul, Kris (Richie) Mennona, and John (Tracy) Paul.  Saint John had six grandchildren including Stephen Paul, Richard Paul, McKenna Martin, Jacob Paul, Isabella Paul, and Lila Paul.

Saint John was cremated on Monday June 13, 2016 through Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset.  The family will lay Saint John’s ashes to rest in Portsmouth, Ohio, with a small ceremony later this year, in September, to remember his loving contributions to his family and community.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.