Paul Ralph Berman

January 1, 1946 ~ August 24, 2020 (age 74)


Paul Ralph Berman, 74, passed away August 24, 2020 at the Willows surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 1, 1946 in Edison, New Jersey, the only son of Herbert and Stella (Grossman) Berman.

Paul is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Musgrave) Berman, his two daughters Christine (Marty) Ward and their children, Cheyenne and Tyler Ward, and Jennifer L. Berman. He is further survived by his sister, Sheila (Dr.Stuart) Kotler; nieces, Lisa (Howard) Shafer and their children, Ethan and Andrew Shafer, Meredith (Dan) Gunter and their children, Jake and Madelyn Gunter, Sarah (Doug) Kotlove and their children, Sophia and Lizzie Kotlove.

Paul graduated from Edison High School in New Jersey, acted in plays with his classmate Susan Serandon. Paul continued his education and met his wife, Pat at Bowling Green State University, majoring in education.

Paul served in the US Army and was lucky enough to be assigned to command headquarters in Heidelberg Germany. When Paul returned to civilian life, he used his education degree for a few years and then went on to manage various restaurants. He was presently employed as an independent provider for people with special needs.

If you knew Paul, you would know that he was passionate about sports of all kinds. He helped to organize many racquetball tournaments at the YMCA which gave him the nickname of Racquetball Paul. He was a volunteer and tennis coach for Calvert Catholic Schools for over 20 years which also gave him his other nickname; Cajun Man, because he would cook for the team. Paul was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, Calvert Senecas, Columbian Tornadoes and one of his favorite teams were the Seneca Arrows; where he would announce the games. Sports facts and figures were always a topic of discussion for Paul as he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with the world through the Drennan Live program.

Paul was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he volunteered, helped others and organized events like the annual reverse raffles, Booster Spring Fling and many other events.  Over the years, he helped to raise over a quarter of a million dollars for Catholic Education. He also enjoyed selling game tickets for the schools. At the Seneca County Opportunity Center, he volunteered with dinners, selling tickets and was past Vice President of the A.C.T. Council.  In recognition of his volunteer work, Paul received the Calvert Super Booster Award and the Red Cross Everyday Hero Award.

Paul loved his family, his friends and his faith. Thank you to Father Joe Szybka and the staff at The Willows of Tiffin for their care and compassion.

A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Paul’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Saint Joseph the Worker Fund, the Seneca County Opportunity Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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