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Paul Francis Greier

April 2, 1938 - October 14, 2022

Paul Francis Greier, 84, of Huddleston died suddenly on October 14, 2022. Born in Flushing, New York, he attended Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. After spending summers working on his family’s farm in Obernburg, New York and graduating high school, Paul joined the Air Force where he was an electronics and radar specialist. Returning home to Flushing after his honorable discharge, he met his future wife, Patricia, while hanging out with his friends at a local candy store called The Saints. They married in 1959 and spent the next 7 years living in Okinawa, California, Las Vegas, and Florida. While traveling for Paul’s job with Republic Aviation, their beautiful children Peter and Kathleen were born. In 1967, he started working at the IBM Research Center while Paul and his family settled in Peekskill, New York. Here they expanded their family with the addition of their youngest child, Thomas.

In 1989, Paul and Pat moved to Carmel, New York where they built a log house and a barn so that they could have their horses on their own property, which was a desire they shared for a long time. They eventually moved to Huddleston, Virginia in 2004 after visiting the area on a family vacation and falling in love with Smith Mountain Lake.

A lifelong learner, Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and master’s in computer science, all while raising his family. During his time at IBM, he and Patricia spent a year in Las Cruces, New Mexico where Paul was a professor of mathematics at New Mexico State University. Both husband and wife were volunteer EMTs for many years with the Yorktown Heights Ambulance Corps in New York.

Music was a life-long love and passion for Paul. He was a self-taught guitar player, finding joy in performing old hymns, cowboy songs, and ballads. He sang with a voice like the Old Testament, taking inspiration from Hank Williams and Hank Snow. Paul loved to sing and play with his many musical family members. A family affair was not attended without guitar in hand. He enjoyed donning his cowboy boots and hat to perform for residents of local assisted living facilities in Virginia. He would spend many hours learning old obscure songs requested by the residents and would love to hear their stories of musical memories. Paul and Pat loved attending performances of local musicians, where Paul always had encouraging words for the many players that he admired. He especially loved participating in and attending the many Friday night jams at Ricky’s Bluegrass Connection.

Family was extremely important to Paul, and he never passed up his chance to hold his little grandchildren. He spent many summers at Smith Mountain Lake teaching his grandchildren to fish, waterski and ride horses. Family game night and ice cream were a regular part of time spent during their visits. Paul loved fishing, boating, sailing, dancing, and caring for their horses, dogs, and cats.

Preceded in death by his son, Peter and his brother-in-law, Carl, Paul is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children Kathleen (husband Gary) and Thomas (wife Sharon), siblings James (wife Rita), Bernadette, and Suzanne (husband Terrance). He is also survived by his grandchildren Miles (wife Kayla), Allen, Isaiah, Abigayle, Devon, Liam and Finian as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. Paul leaves behind his beloved horses, Venado and Saca, and his best fur-buddies Nikki and Buddy, who will miss jumping into the back of Paul’s car for their daily ride.

Paul had a booming laugh that filled the room and the biggest smile. He was the hardest worker, never meeting a job that he couldn’t do or a machine that he couldn’t fix. Paul enjoyed many sunsets and sunrises with Patricia at their home on Smith Mountain Lake. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. As one of Paul’s good friends said, ‘he was a fine man’.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s name can be made to the Bedford Humane Society in Virginia.

A celebration of remembrance will take place at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford, Virginia at 11am on Wednesday, October 19th. Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory in Bedford is assisting the family.

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Extending my deepest sympathies to Paul’s family, especially to Pat, Kathy and her family and Tom and his family. My heart goes out to you as you mourn your loss. It’s hard to find the words to express what Paul meant to me (and my late husband, Ron)…he was our forever (about 20 years) Derby Party – and other - entertainment (there are stories), he was our political friend and ally in too many ways to count and we had fun, he was among the best dinner guests you could ever wish for…he loved everything (well, except the salad!) but most important of all, he was one of our best and dearest friends. He was special and yes, he was a fine man. RIP, Paul

Posted by Marilyn Osborne-Bach on October 31, 2022

We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to Pat and the family at this sorrowful time. Paul was a supporter of our organization for several years and we valued highly his willingness to offer his time, energies and talents on behalf of our common goals and principles. May God bless you all and give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Proud Patriots of SML

Posted by Proud Patriots of Smith Mountain Lake on October 20, 2022

All out thoughts are with Pat and family. Paul will be missed.

Posted by Brian and Michelle Weitzman on October 19, 2022

What a beautiful story of Paul’s outstanding life. So many accomplishments, with the most important his family. Xo

Posted by Mary Boyer on October 19, 2022

So sad to learn of Paul’s passing. I will miss his bright smile, his beautiful singing voice and his ever present white cowboy hat (I saw him once without it and didn’t, at first, know who he was). One of my favorite songs to hear him sing was “I’ve Been Everywhere Man”. To the long list of places in the song he can now add “Heaven”. Rest peacefully my friend.

Posted by Ed McNamara on October 19, 2022

He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Molly Bristol on October 18, 2022

I have great memories of Paul and his singing. good times in the old days at Little Texas Ranch. Our sympathy to the whole Greier family.

Posted by Douglas Immoor on October 18, 2022

Paul was such a wonderful man. The first time I met Paul was at the first Smith Mountain Lake Idol contest. Paul was up there in his cowboy hat and boots with that wonderful voice that would cut through glass. I always thought that if you were hanging around a campfire after a long day's cattle drive, Paul would be the perfect musician to have around the fire. Paul was a staple at the Friday night jams at Ricky's Bluegrass connection. I there was music, he was strumming! Paul made sure to make it to many of my gigs and dock parties. He enjoyed my music so much, and he was always very complimentary. It was such an honor He was always smiling, and always a sparkle in his eyes. He obviously enjoyed life to its fullest. We will miss you, Paul. Enjoy that big eternal jam!

Posted by DAVID OWENS on October 18, 2022

There can never be a better neighbor and friend than Paul Greier. We will miss him beyond words. Our thoughts and prayers to Pat and the family.

Posted by Gil and Karen Smith on October 18, 2022

Paul was a longtime and much respected member of our sailing club. He brightened our Saturday race days with his smile and good humor. He was a fierce but fair competitor. He entertained many of our social events over the years with his wonderful singing and guitar playing. We in BYRA will miss Paul. Our condolences to Pat and his family.

Posted by Members of the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association on October 18, 2022

We have always thought Paul sat "high in the saddle". He always had a big smile and made us happy whenever we were with him - at a music jam, a SheDoo event when "guys" helped out, or anywhere. What a classy, friendly, interesting and fun guy. We will miss him.

Posted by Mimi McHale and Steve Farrar on October 17, 2022

Our hearts are broken with Paul’s sudden passing. We will always miss him and think about him. All of our love goes out to Pat.

Posted by Carla and Mike Fosbre on October 17, 2022

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