2017-07-05 / Obituaries

Paul Spickerman

Paul Allen “Guz” “Butch” Spickerman, 66, of Bovina Center passed away quietly on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Margaretville Hospital following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Paul was born March 7, 1951 in Margaretville, the son of Rowena and Ernest “Dutch” Spickerman of New Kingston. He married Patricia (Tricia) White on February 12, 2016 in Bovina Center.

Paul was a man of several nicknames. The nickname Guz was given to him as a young teenager by his then brother-inlaw, the late Butch Cole. They were eating lunch when Paul announced that there was something “fuzzy” in his soup. Fuzzy became Guzzy, which became Guz and it stuck with him for the rest of his life. His New Kingston family and his work family knew him as Butch, which derived from his father’s nickname. His grandchildren lovingly called him Pops.

Guz was a graduate of Margaretville Central School where he was an excellent student and also excelled in sports. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied engineering.

In the early years of his civil engineering career he specialized in highway and airport paving and worked on jobs repaving runways at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York. In his career he worked for Nichanthony Construction, Granite Construction and his final years were with Halmar International where he was promoted to superintendent on several bridge construction projects. He was a member of Local 17 Laborers Union. Guz was passionate about and took great pride in his work.

In 2005 Guz and Trish purchased a farm on Coulter Brook Road in Bovina Center where they made a loving home for a menagerie of large and small animals including his beloved Husky, Beauregard and Belgian draft horses which he enjoyed driving in harness at benefits for several local organizations. He was a skilled hunter and loved to cook. He loved antique cars and collected several including MGs and a Mercedes convertible. He loved to travel but was happiest tinkering on his farm in Bovina Center. He possessed a keen sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Tricia; a daughter, Jennifer Ennist and son-in-law, Michael of Margaretville; a son, Justin Spickerman of Margaretville, a stepson, Clayton Kaminski of Asheville, NC, a stepdaughter, SSGT Alicia Foy of Alexandra, VA, and a stepson, Matt Foy of Bovina Center; grandchildren, Jordan Ennist, Kathryn McMillan, Ella and Tessa Spickerman who all loved their “Pop”.

He was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Spickerman and his parents.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 7 at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 at the Presbyterian Church in New Kingston officiated by Shirley Davis.

Internment will follow in the New Kingston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, Delhi, NY 13753.

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