Friday, March 14, 2014

Harold "Hal" D. Paris Sr.

Belmont, NY - Harold "Hal" D. Paris Sr., age 79, of Noble Street passed away at home on Thursday March 13, 2014 after a short illness. He was born on October 17, 1934 in Coatesville, Indiana to Wilber and Lena (Ellett) Paris. On September 16, 1952 he married Iva Doehring who predeceased him on August 12, 2006. On June 12, 2010 Harold married Annette Benjamin Harding who survives.

Harold attended school in Windsor Illinois and at the University of Illinois and has been a resident of Belmont since 1970. He moved to this area with his family after being recruited by Walter Max to work for the then Turbodyne's navy contract in Wellsville. Harold enjoyed traveling and his job took him around the world.  He retired from Dresser Rand in the mid 1990's as Quality Control Manager and from 2006 to 2009 he worked as a consultant for them. Harold was a member the Belmont First United Methodist Church and later with the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. He was an active member at both churches serving on many committees, teaching Sunday school and Bible studies. Harold was a long time member of the Belmont Rotary and a former chairman of the Allegany County Democrat Committee. He was a volunteer at the Food Pantry in Belmont and for Allegany County's Office of the Aging Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed leisure travel, woodworking, gardening, sports and reading books on history. 

Surviving besides his wife of Belmont are his children Harold D.(Sandee) Paris Jr. of Dunwoody, Georgia and  Kathy (Michael) Moland of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Melinda (Jason) Varga, Kelly Paris and Jon Paris; 2 great grandchildren, Julia and Mason; a sister, Wilda Anderson; several nieces and nephews; step children, Maureen, Melinda, Shannon and Scott.

Harold was predeceased by 2 brothers, Cassel and Bryce Paris and a sister Wanda Eby.

Friends are invited to call on Monday March 17 from 1 to 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Madison and Maple Avenue in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held at 2 pm in the church with Reverend Burt Smith presiding, Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Harold's name may be given to the Amity Rescue Squad or to the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

1 comment:

  1. I had the privilege of knowing Hal as a Rotarian and as a church friend when I lived and worked in Belmont. He was a kind, wonderful man. I can close my eyes and see his smile, hear his booming voice and am sure he stands proudly with the angels. Rest in Peace Dear, Dear Hal.