Paul R. Gomez, 68, of Austin, Texas, died Thursday, March 11, 2021, peacefully at his home.
He was born on Feb. 7, 1953, in Batavia, a son of the late Jose and Gloria (Schiavi) Gomez.
Paul will be remembered for his sense of humor, as he always enjoyed playing pranks on his siblings and his children. He always loved the outdoors, going fishing, gardening, listening to classic rock music, and attending air shows. He often sat on the porch, watching the animals, and always put out food for the squirrels, birds and rabbits. He was a real handyman and was always working on home repairs. He was also a Buffalo Bills fan, and loved watching the games. Paul always had a bright smile, a twinkle in his eye, and a kind word to say to everyone. He loved to have long chats with all his neighbors and other people in the community.
He was an altar boy as a youth, and he held onto his faith in Jesus throughout his life.
Paul was a 1971 graduate of Pavilion Central School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Kathy Lewis. They married soon after graduation and had four children. He later remarried and lived in Pavilion, N.Y., for several years. He worked at Leroy Machine Shop after high school, and then for Conrail on the railroad in the 1970s for a few years, before joining Lapp Insulator. He was employed there for 22 years. After retiring from Lapp due to a back injury, he worked at Batavia Nursing Home for a little while, where he made lots of friends.
Paul was always very close with his family in Batavia, and also made trips to Massachusetts, Arizona, and Washington state over the years to visit those who had moved away. In 2010, his son, Jarrod, was married in New Jersey. He took his time, as he often loved to do, and was a day late in arriving, but did make it in time for the wedding! One of his favorite shirts had the slogan “Procrastination is my super power.” That was the truth, too! But he never failed to say the words, “I love you.” In fact, that was really his favorite saying.
He is survived by his son, Jason Gomez (Joseph Shuffield) of Austin, Texas; daughter, Alicia Gomez of Batavia; son, Damon Gomez ( Robyn Carter), of Austin, Texas; and son, Jarrod (Stephanie) Gomez of East Brunswick, N.J.; his sister, Linda (Bill) Walsh of Scottsdale, Ariz., Suzanne Gomez-Fuerschbach of Marshfield, Mass., Gloria (Amos) Williams of Batavia, Peter Gomez of Batavia, Tom (Kristen) Gomez of Batavia, and Joe (Helen) Gomez of Chili, N.Y.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
He is predeceased by his parents as well his sister, Delores Gomez-Durham, and sister Anita Gomez-Ferns, and brother-in-law, Dan Youll. A memorial/celebration of life service will be held in late July in Batavia and service details will be announced at a later date.