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Paul Richard Gascoyne

October 4, 1926 - January 22, 2023

Paul Richard Gascoyne, 96, of Hardy, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Born on October 4, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, Paul was the son of the late Alice LeFleur Gascoyne and attended St. Christopher’s Boarding School in his early years. He served in the Farm Victory Corps and Army during WWII, and later pursued his passion for dairy farming by obtaining an Agriculture Degree from Rutgers University.

Throughout his career, Paul made a lasting impact as a Gascoyne selling electricity to farmers in Warren County, New Jersey. Retiring, he moved to Smith Mountain Lake, where he was known for his love of landscaping and dedication to keeping the lake clear of fallen trees and debris.

As a founding member of Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Paul devoted much of his time to the church, working with “Mules” as the “old Mule” maintaining the church grounds. He lived a life full of energy and passion, even completing a 5k run to end poverty with his grandson two years before his passing.

Paul leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion to his family, including his children, Lisa E. Gascoyne, William Gascoyne (Dr. Kristin), Henry Gascoyne, Peter Gascoyne (Judy); grandchildren, Autumn Vazquez, Miriam Twelves, Paul Vazquez, and Mikaela; great-grandchildren, Virginia Willis, Isabella Henry, Kiernan Henry, Trylian Twelves, Sequoia Vazquez, and Phoenyx Twelves ; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Paul is predeceased by his beloved wife, Martha Jane (Marjane) Hiscox Gascoyne, and brother, Jacques Gascoyne.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 10:00 am at Trinity Ecumenical Parish to celebrate Paul’s life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Trinity Ecumenical Parish to plant trees in Paul’s memory on the church grounds.

Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford is assisting the family with arrangements. To share condolences and memories, please visit

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In your families loss, we want to express our sincere condolences. Paul was not only our wonderful neighbor and true friend for many years in Washington, NJ, but he was also an active First Presbyterian Church leader and Washington Borough community leader on the Board of Education, Kiwanis, and Boy Scout Troop #157 where we were able to share and experience his kind, helpful, and generous spirit. Paul was always ready, willing and able to work toward the fulfillment of the missions of all the organizations he was involved in over the years. May God grant you the strength to celebrate Paul's life knowing that many people share wonderful memories with him, and that he is now at peace and at home with God.

Posted by Ellen, Eugene, Chris, and Dan Cioffi on February 28, 2023

Our deepest condolences to the family. What a wonderfully long life uncle Paul had. I remember our family visits to your home in NJ when I was younger. Sincerely Tom and Carol Storey

Posted by Tom Storey on February 28, 2023

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