Paul M. Scheier, age 57, of Crozet, passed away peacefully to the Lord in the company of his family and friends at his home on May 10.
Paul was born on July 28, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Paul and Janice Scheier.
Paul attended Carteret High School and received his GED after joining the United States Navy in 1980. While in the Navy, Paul rose to the rank of Fire Controlman First Class, serving on the USS GUAM (LPH-9) during the Lebanon Conflict and the Invasion of Grenada, earning many accolades along the way. After being Honorably Discharged in 1987, Paul continued his loyal service to his country while working as the Combat Systems Leading Radar Technician at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard until 1992. After the Shipyard shut down in 1992, Paul moved his family to Crozet, where he began a 23 year career at Verizon Wireless as their Central Virginia Network Performance Engineer.
Paul was born a city boy from New Jersey but completely embraced the serene country lifestyle that Crozet offers. Well-known around Fardowners for his genuine friendliness, infectious laugh, and “photo bombs,” he never failed to strike up a conversation and make a new friend. A loyal and enthusiastic friend, he made everybody feel like they were family, never hesitating to go above and beyond to make anyone’s life more joyful.
Paul never did anything half-way, always delving head first into any and every passion he took up. The Family Chef, his cooking and grilling brought people together and was always an opportunity to celebrate life. The “Jeep Man,” a constant presence on the trails, was famous for his long talks, sound advice, and love of family. Coach Scheier, the spirited hockey coach, spent numerous days and nights on and off the ice, coaching both of his sons’ hockey teams at the Ice Park. His numerous interests and unrelenting eagerness to succeed was notably contagious to all of his family, friends, and acquaintances.
Paul was a devoted member and the Junior Deacon of the Lodge for the King Solomon’s #194 A.F.&A.M. and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on July 1, 2010.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Susanne N. Scheier; his children Christopher (Sara) Scheier, Stephanie (Jason) Ankney, and Benjamin Scheier; adored grandfather of five to Peyton, Brady, Dante, Wesley, & Olivia; his mother Janice Scheier, and his sisters Denise Scheier & Stephanie Kuncewitch; as well as his four dogs Jack, Danny, Jimmy and Max. He is preceded in death by his father Paul C. Scheier, his sister Arlene Scheier, his uncle Michael Burke, and his two dogs Rocky & Bullwinkle.
A service was held at May 20 at Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet.