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Marvin Kenneth "Ken" Paull
May 22, 1933 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Marvin Kenneth Paull (Ken Paull) Ken Paull, born 22 May 1933, passed away peacefully on 21 October 2023 in his residence in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His wife, Bonnie, had passed away in 1985 and his middle child, Lesa Mayes, passed away in 2011. He is survived by his beautiful and eldest daughter, Sherri, and his not quite so handsome and youngest son, Scott.
Ken was active at Main Line Reform Temple, initially introduced there by a dear love in his life, Fonda Hartman, to whom he was deeply devoted. He thoroughly enjoyed the congregation, the Rabbi, the Cantor, and the synagogue staff. It was a blessing in his life.
Ken graduated from Temple University with a Pharmacy degree, but becoming a pharmacist was not his passion or interest. And thus he began a multifaceted path, from cosmetic sales to wholesale auto parts to computer technology. He moved through life’s trials and tribulations, with more trials than tribulations, with a strength and drive that propelled him forward.
His first larger hobby was photography, eventually becoming a weekend wedding photographer. But the learning process, while a joy to him, was a bane to his children. The children all had to become his models, and initially he did not have the ability to set up the pose and quickly shoot, so he would insist they stand there totally still with no movement. In addition, if went off to a museum to take photos, he would bring his son with him for the outings. Lucky Scott, he got to carry all the equipment. Scott today will still not touch a camera ☺.
His next outside endeavor was brought to him by his son. Scott, a basketball player like his father, had refereed in college for some extra money, and got certified as a basketball referee in New York after college. Scott told Ken he thought he would enjoy it, and thus began Ken’s venture initially into basketball refereeing, later adding baseball, softball, field hockey, and others to his repertoire. Refereeing and umpiring was a tremendous passion for him. He liked enforcing the rules and laws of the sport!
In addition to bringing refereeing to Ken, Scott brought computer technology (as Scott worked for IBM) to Ken, which became his last career path.
Ken loved his children deeply. In his last few years, he lived with his daughter Sherri, the sweetest most loving person in the world, until he passed.
Ken had an amazing sense of humor and was a flirt with all women, whether they liked it or not. He just couldn’t help himself.
Ken was deeply loved and respected by his family and friends. He will be missed.