ASHTABULA — Paul Edward Madar, age 96, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Country Club Retirement Campus.
He was born May 22, 1916, in North Braddock, Pa., the son of John and Elizabeth (Vasily) Madar and had been an Ashtabula resident over 65 years.
A graduate of Girard Union High School, he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He began his working career as a mail clerk for the railroad, then become a Realtor. He started with the Miller Realty before founding the Madar Realty Company in 1961. During the early years of the company, he and his wife also operated the Little Miss Muffet Restaurant on Main Avenue next to the office.
He developed the Fair Oaks Allotment on Douglas Road and was the Real Estate Property Manager for the Veterans Administration. In 1974, he became a SRA designated appraiser with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and in 1992 established Paul E. Madar & Associates, Inc.; a real estate appraisal service. He also served as a Real Estate Instructor at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus, and was a real estate broker in Florida and Oklahoma.
Paul received the Broker of the Year Award twice from the Ashtabula County Board of Realtors. He served as President of Ashtabula County Board of Realtors in 1965 and 1971; Lake Erie Toastmasters in 1962; Ohio Association of Realtors in 1972; a three-year trustee for the Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce; Executive Board of the Ashtabula Area Development Association (AADA); a Republican Precinct Committeeman; Ashtabula County Republican Picnic Chairman 1962 and 1964; and the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, President and Treasurer.
He had been a member of Kiwanis Club, the Ashtabula BPO Elks #208, the Ashtabula Country Club, and Mother of Sorrows Church. An avid golfer and talented bass violin player, he also enjoyed participating in the Green Door Follies and the Ashtabula Dancing Club. He and his wife loved to go dancing together.
His survivors include his wife of 73 years, Malvina Irene (Zurbola), whom he married Jan. 7, 1939, in the Cyral Methodius Greek Catholic Church, Erie, Pa.; four children, John Douglas Madar of Charlotte, N.C., and Paul Thomas (Connie) Madar, Roberta Madar-Pruett and Margie (Robert) Sposito, all of Ashtabula; nine grandchildren, Paul Thomas (Lee Ann) Madar Jr., Stephanie Ann Madar, Kimberly Love (Kirk) Sherrill, Jeffery Douglas (Lisa) Madar, Angela Rae (Matt) Ponteri, Wm. Taylor (Katarina) Pruett, Robert Jacob (Kelly) Sposito, Lauren Elizabeth Sposito and Ryan John Sposito; 11 great-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Martin, Jaeden, Amari, Tyler, Paige, Sydney, Sadie, Seve and Niko; and a dear nephew whom he raised, William Edward (Julia) Righter of Columbus and his children, Ross and Mallory Righter.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and George Madar; two sisters, Anna Madar and Mary Stephens; and his parents.
Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th, at the DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, July 13th, at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Mother of Sorrows Church, 1464 West 6th St., Ashtabula. The Rev. Fr. Ernesto Rodriguez, Pastor, will preside. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Dewey-Howlett Post #103.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
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