Paul Richard Barrowman

VOORHEESVILLE — Paul Richard Barrowman, a Vietnam veteran who worked as a carpenter and craftsman, was generous with his family and friends.

He died on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at home after a short illness. He was 75.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1949 in Albany, the son of the late Margaret Fryer Barrowman and Clarence Barrowman. He was raised in Voorheesville and graduated from Voorheesville Central School in 1967.

“Paul was the quarterback of the 1966 undefeated Voorheesville high school football team,” his family wrote in a tribute. “He also played baseball and basketball throughout high school.

“Paul served in the United States Army for three years, honorably discharged in 1973. He spent a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. He obtained a bachelor of sociology degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

“Paul spent his entire working career as a skilled, self-employed carpenter and craftsman. He could do and fix almost anything carpentry-related. In his semi-retirement years, he built, gifted, and sold hundreds of birdhouses with a multitude of designs and features.

“Paul enjoyed skiing, canoeing, and the ocean. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, and followed high school and college football and basketball.

“Paul was remarkably generous with his time and talent to his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor, was never shy with an opinion, and was a bit of a mischievous character. Paul will be greatly missed by all.”

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Paul Richard Barrowman was the brother of Raymond Barrowman of Guilderland, Roger (Theresa) Barrowman, M.D. of Delmar, and the late Nancy Barrowman. He was the uncle of Benjamin (Lauren) Barrowman of Delmar, Robert (Casey) Barrowman of New Hartford, Bethany (Ryan) Keller of Delmar, and William (Carli) Barrowman of Delmar.

He was a cousin of Donna Lee (James) Quinn and their children Tara and Sean Quinn; Susan (Art) Draeger and her children Jeffrey and Daniel White, and Beth Skoldberg. His cousins David Russ and Robin Barrowman died before him.

“Uncle Paul was a loving great-uncle to Connor, Jane, Lacey, Thea, Rowan, Maggie, and Sadie,” the tribute said. “There were always candy bags from Uncle Paul at every holiday gathering for each of the children. Paul was a dear friend and companion of Sharon Meeker, and remained a lifetime treasured friend of his former wife, Sally Burke Hall.”

Family and friends are invited to call at the Reilly and Son Funeral Home at 9 Voorheesville Ave. in Voorheesville on Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. A brief memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. After the service, all are invited to a buffet in Delmar at the American Legion Blanchard-Currey Post 1040 at 16 West Poplar Drive.

Interment will be private on Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in Saratoga National Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Scotland Food Pantry at Saint Matthews Church, 25 Mountain View St., Voorheesville, NY 12186.

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