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In loving memory of
Paul Rowland
  • September 23, 1945
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  • January 24, 2022

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It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Rowland, The Villages, FL (formerly Scottsville, Canandaigua and Victor, NY) announces his passing on January 24, 2022 at the age of 76 after a long battle with prostate cancer. 

 He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue (Knitter), daughters Kerry Kilroy (Matt) and Wendy Reynoso, David Reynoso, brothers Ivan Clark Rowland and Doug Rowland (Carol), brother-in-law Chuck Knitter (Jill), grandchildren Davíd Reynoso, Sofie Reynoso, Herbie Kilroy and Laura Kilroy.  He is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews – Todd Rowland (Julene), Kristen Bevins (Jay), Jeremy Rowland (Mel), Ian Rowland (Lee), Laura Crawford (Jeff), Paul Rowland, Ashley Knitter, Leanne Knitter, and Kevin Knitter.

 Paul was predeceased by his parents Ivan Clark Rowland and Verna Rowland, and his brother and sister-in-law Gary and Carole Rowland, and sister-in-law Toi Rowland. 

 Paul was born in Henrietta, NY in 1945 and graduated from Rush-Henrietta High School in 1963. Upon graduation, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his service he was stationed in San Antonio, TX and Thailand. After being discharged from the Air Force, Paul returned to Rochester where he began his 27-year career at Eastman Kodak. Paul and Sue were married in 1970 and moved to Scottsville, NY to begin their family and raise their two daughters. After Kodak, Paul worked at K & H Precision Products until retiring to move to The Villages, FL where he enjoyed playing golf, riding around in their golf cart, and making many new friends, as well as getting together with lifelong friends from the Rochester area. Paul, also known as Wally, to many of his friends, had a love for all things nature, gardening, camping and fishing, baking bread and searching for new recipes, and playing cards. Paul was a bluebird caretaker, bird and pet fanatic, and stargazer. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his ability to spin puns, and his “Wally”  handshake. Above all, Paul will be remembered for his love of his family and friends.

Services were held in The Villages, FL with a Celebration of Life gathering to be scheduled in the Rochester area in the spring.  A scholarship fund has been set up in Paul’s name to be given to a high school senior athlete at The Villages Charter School for the 2021-22 school year. Paul loved following and supporting the local Villages High School  (“The Buffalo”) sports events including the basketball, football and baseball teams.  To make a contribution to this scholarship please send a check to:  VCS Central Office, 350 Tatonka Terrace, The Villages, FL  32162.  Checks should be made payable to:  Buffalo Scholarship Foundation.  In the memo section of your check please note:  Paul E. Rowland Scholarship. There will be a ceremony in May at The Villages School to award this scholarship. (Unfortunately online donations cannot be earmarked specifically for Paul)

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  1. Don Baker says:
    07 Feb 2022
    I was a Boyhood Friend to Paul & Gary. Many Memories. I work at A Engraving firm with Gary, for several years. It was long ago. Hard to remember all. But Paul & I had special times. RIP My Friend, Don Baker!

  2. Marcia Rajca says:
    05 Feb 2022
    A smiling face, a warm heart a good man. You will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Paul. Love and prayers, Marcia Rajca

  3. Jennifer Ratliff says:
    04 Feb 2022
    Sending my most sincere condolences. Praying for comfort for the family.

  4. Dewey & June Coates says:
    03 Feb 2022
    We were so sorry to hear of Paul's passing.
    It was so nice to have met you guys in line while boarding for a cruise and for the opportunity to cruise with you a second time. We just wish we could have cruised with you a couple more times.
    Sending you much love.
    Dewey & June

  5. Romagnolo Linda posted an image:
    03 Feb 2022
    That's how I want to remember our Paulie--happy, mustache & with Sue
    That's how I want to remember our Paulie--happy, mustache & with Sue

  6. Romagnolo Linda posted an image:
    03 Feb 2022
    That's how I want to remember you.....smiling, mustache  & with  Sue.  Love you Paulie!
    That's how I want to remember you.....smiling, mustache & with Sue. Love you Paulie!

  7. Kimberly Mryglod says:
    03 Feb 2022
    My dearest friends, Susie, Kerry, and Wendy there are many broken hearts around the country. Not often do you find a friendship as we have found in Paul and his girls. Well done, Well done Paul...the promises of God assures us we will meet again. Love forever, Kimmy and Kevin

  8. Kit Stone Aberman says:
    03 Feb 2022
    Sue, it’s with great sadness I learned of your loss. May the memories of all the good years help you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Mary Langan Gala says:
    02 Feb 2022
    I am so sorry for your loss Sue. My condolences to your family.

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