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July 8, 1933 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Surrounded by his wife and children, Paul Stavrou passed away on January 29, 2024 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland – the town where he and Janet chose to raise their family. He was a man of strong family ties and friendships, routines, and a vivid, almost encyclopedic, memory of his 90 years.
Paul was predeceased by his parents Gregory and Sophia, brother Alex, sister Katherine Dardaris, and grandson Caleb. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet, his children Alex (Christy), Chris (Christine), and Mindy Kania (Steve), as well as grandchildren Eden, Paul, Caroline, Kyle, Logan, Will, and Lena.
Born in Norwich, CT, his first 13 years were spent romping around Mohegan Park and living in a bustling house with his parents, brother, sister, and extended family, all who had emigrated from Albania and ran a local candy shoppe. A pivotal move to Philadelphia at age 13, leaving his favorite sled and toys behind, grew into a deep love for the City of Brotherly Love.
At the age of 18, Paul was drafted into the Army for the Korean War and served his time in Alaska as a transistor radio specialist where he picked up some of his famous expressions and fastidious habits. “Choice” was the word for the same meal served every night which he enjoyed using later at the family dinner table. His return from the military led him to enroll at and graduate from Penn State, and from there, jobs as a private investigator, work for the Export-Import Bank, and Director of Security at USUHS.
Evenings after work were spent reading in his chair; he was an avid reader of history, detective novels, and current events. His inquisitive mind was always ready for a discussion and led him to participate in Great Decisions courses at Miller’s Grant, where he and Janet moved most recently to be back near their family.
His sports career dreams never came to fruition, thwarted by a mother who wouldn’t sign his high school football permission slip and a series of injuries during his retired softball league days in Florida. He was known to play stickball in the streets of Philly, and pickup games of flag football on the Ellipse when living in DC. He followed Penn State and the Redskins and read the sports section of the Washington Post daily, tracking baseball, football, golf, and tennis stats with joy.
Our Paulie, Perdunsk, Uncle Paul, Dad, Mighty Father, Paco, Grand-Pop, Grandpa, or Papou as some called him, delighted in chance encounters with a fellow sports fan or Philly native, be it in the grocery store or doctor’s office. If he caught your name once, he knew you.
Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing from 1pm to 3pm Sunday, February 4 at Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home. 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043. A public funeral service will take place the next day, Monday, February 5 at 12pm at Witzke’s. His private interment will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to support our Service Members through USO: https://secure.uso.org.