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Paul Eugene Thornton Sr
  • August 12, 1958
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  • May 29, 2021

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Paul Eugene Thornton Sr, 62, of Ocala FL passed away on May 29, 2021. Paul was born on August 12, 1958 in Jacksonville FL and has lived in Ocala since 1984. Paul is preceded by a sister Libby.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Diane (Harkins) Thornton, a son and daughter in law; Paul Eugene Thornton Jr and Julie of Satellite Beach FL, grandson Master Alexander James Thornton, parents; James Edward (Sonny) and Barbara Jean (Hardy) Thornton of Lake Asbury Green Cove Springs, Fl.  , a sister Kelly (Shawn) Meinke of Middleburg, FL and many nieces and nephews.

Paul joined the United States Army and served for 8 years as a staff sergeant Calibration Specialist and Avionic Equipment Maintenance supervisor. He served in Korea in 1980 to 1981. He worked for British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia from 1990- 1994 during the Gulf War. He graduated from Chaminade University in Oahu, Hawaii with an associates degree. He also owned Pump Truck Services for 15 years. He was of Catholic faith.

Paul had many different interests including riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, traveling, cruises, woodworking, scuba diving, camping, reading, watching the History Channel and was an avid Premier League Soccer fan. Paul was a kind man with an infectious laugh and big heart. He was well loved in the community and enjoyed helping his neighbors. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed playing with his grandson Alexander.

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  1. Tony says:
    19 Jun 2021
    Paul
    Thank you for being you! Thanks for being the “BEST FRIEND” anyone could ever have!
    You have touched more people’s hearts in such a great way. You will be loved and missed, never forgotten!
    Until we meet again
    My brother:
    “Shiny side up - rubber down”
    “Peace ✌️Out”
    Love you man !

  2. Tony says:
    19 Jun 2021
    Paul
    I want to thank you for being you!
    The “best friend” anyone could have!
    Until we meet again
    Harley my brother
    “PEACE ✌️OUT”
    Love you

  3. Sarah Garber says:
    10 Jun 2021
    Mr. Paul was one of my dad's good friends and he was an influential part of my childhood. He used to call me "Sunshine," saying the rain would go away and the sun would come out anytime I was around. He always cheered me up with this. I'm deeply saddened by his passing but have faith his legacy will live on through his beautiful family. He really did have a big heart and infectious laugh. I'm grateful for having known him. I will miss him and always remember him with a smile.

  4. Beth Hannah lit a candle:
    05 Jun 2021
    Lit since June 5, 2021 at 6:54:38 PM

  5. Karen Harvey says:
    05 Jun 2021
    We were so blessed to know Paul! Such an awesome person. We enjoyed many camping trips and bunko games when our children were young. My son has really fond memories of our Tribe! Thanks for being a good influence for Vincent! I know he will never forget you and Tony slinging him in the pool fully dressed on his 16th birthday! Rest in peace My friend, until we meet again. Diane and Paul, Jr. for you during this difficult time!!!

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  12. Pam Greenwell says:
    04 Jun 2021
    So sorry to hear another of our gang has gone on before us. Paul, time to rest easy now. Tell Jim hello for me.

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  24. TerriSparks says:
    03 Jun 2021
    We are all going to miss you Paul ..until next time. ..cheers

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    03 Jun 2021
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  30. Dan Harkins says:
    03 Jun 2021
    Paul was a great friend and brother-in-law. As a family, we spent many holidays and cruises together. We laughed a lot when our families got together. On cruises, we spent many hours together playing UNO when we were not sharing an excursion while in port. Paul traveled a lot with his job and enjoyed sharing his experiences about his travels. Paul enjoyed talking about family and sharing recent events. Recently, his father in law, my father, passed away and Paul came to the house several times to help me prepare the house to be sold. Thank you for all your help! We will always have these special memories to look back upon and reflect on the impact Paul made in our lives. Thank you for everything Paul. We will all miss you!!!

  31. Larry Harkins lit a candle:
    03 Jun 2021
    Lit since June 3, 2021 at 6:16:53 PM

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