Paul Cashman Tucker of Leesburg, Fl passed away on Saturday January 8, 2022 at the age of 84. He left this world his way, at home with his loving wife Kate by his side. He is at peace. Paul was born to Edward and Margaret Tucker in Niagara Falls, NY where he resided until he was a young adult. He was a devout Catholic and found it important to be in church on Sundays throughout his life. Paul graduated from Lasalle High School in Niagara Falls. He was drafted into the US ARMY in 1960 and served the United States of America for 6 years as an Artillery Communications Specialist. In 1966 Paul left the ARMY and began his work with NYTelephone and AT&T. For 27 years he was a Manager of Technology for AT&T which eventually brought him and his family to live in Florida. Paul retired from AT&T in 1990, and the fun was just getting started. Retirement brought on the experiences of building a new home in Maggie Valley, NC where Kate and Paul began to split their time during the year enjoying the Great Smoky Mountains . This is a love they shared with family and friends, and the memories continue to live on. Paul was a Man’s man, doing man things. … you could usually find him in the garage working on his latest project or find and make no mistake he could fix anything. He was a master at repairing boats and anything with a small engine. He was an avid fisherman in whichever state he was living in and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed his mountain walks in North Carolina and having a beer with his fabulous neighbors in Brannon Forest where he and Kate lived half of the year. Paul was a sports enthusiast and during the seasons he loved to cheer on his Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabers, and was an avid Orlando Magic fan! He was a deal maker and the king of walking away if it wasn’t what he wanted. He would not take “NO” for an answer whether it was a sale, a purchase, a situation, or an outcome that he expected or wanted…. and he was never disrespectful about it. As much as he wouldn’t take no for an answer , he also wasn’t shy about telling you “NO”, also said with love in his heart .He was a fighter for life and always saw the glass as being half full. He lived every day that he could with purpose and intention. Paul’s greatest love and accomplishment in this life was his Family, and how he loved them so well. He was married to his beautiful wife Kate for almost 58 years. Their marriage was perfect in that they worked through everything together, be it good or bad, presenting a united front, and always keeping each other a priority. She was always right whether he admitted it or not. He raised 4 kids and loved and respected the adults they have turned out to be, each amazing in their own way. They were his pride and joy. He taught them how to navigate this world with grace and grit, choose loving spouses, have the hard talks, and to be there for each other just as he continued to be there for them. He always had your back, even if there was a difference of opinion. They are his legacy, along with his 3 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. There won’t be a day that goes by that you don’t see him, as he lives on in the better parts of us. Paul is survived by his wife, Kathryn Borresen Tucker; sons, Paul and his wife, Lori, Fred and his wife, April; daughters, Amy and her husband, Bill, Mary and her husband, Patrick; brother, Edward Tucker; grandchildren, Paul Thomas Tucker, Aris Lynne Myers, Avery Grace Tucker; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Finnley, and Fitz Myers, Brooks and Baylor Tucker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret Tucker; and a sister, Lorraine Lopez.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 11:30AM until 1:30PM for a Celebration of Life at Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home, Tavares. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, (352)343-4444.