Paul A. Schmidt, re­tired Air Force ma­jor and busi­ness owner

The Buffalo News - - OBITUARIES -

Feb. 26, 1932 – March 11, 2019

Paul A. Schmidt, a re­tired Air Force ma­jor and con­struc­tion busi­ness owner, died March 11 in Bethesda Hos­pi­tal, Boyn­ton Beach, Fla., af­ter a lengthy ill­ness. He was 87.

Born in Buf­falo, he was a 1949 grad­u­ate of Ken­more High School and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1953 from Michi­gan State Univer­sity, where he was a mem­ber of

Psi Up­silon fra­ter­nity and Air Force ROTC.

While at­tend­ing Michi­gan State, he met Joyce Jef­firs and they were mar­ried in 1954.

He served in the Air Force for 10 years, pi­lot­ing cargo planes such as the C-124, C-119, T-6 and B-25 to Europe, Asia, Africa and Green­land, then served in the Air Force Re­serve un­til 1973, re­tir­ing as a ma­jor.

Mr. Schmidt re­turned to Buf­falo in 1965 and founded CMC, Clarence Ma­te­ri­als Corp., a con­crete sup­ply com­pany. He built it into one of the largest con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als pro­duc­ers in the area, with five plants and six di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing Clarence Sand and Gravel Co., Clarence Redi-Mix and Em­pire Builders Sup­ply. He re­tired about 15 years ago.

He founded the Con­crete In­sti­tute of New York and was a di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Ready Mixed Con­crete As­so­ci­a­tion. He re­ceived nu­mer­ous in­dus­try awards.

He also served as pres­i­dent of the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of Buf­falo.

An avid golfer, he was a mem­ber of the Quail Ridge Coun­try Club in Boyn­ton Beach and a for­mer mem­ber of the Coun­try Club of Buf­falo. He also was a for­mer mem­ber of the Buf­falo Club.

A res­i­dent of Boyn­ton Beach, he main­tained a sum­mer home in Amherst.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, sur­vivors in­clude five daugh­ters, Anne O’Shaugh­nessy, Karen Bald­win, Su­san Byrne, Lynn O’Shea and San­dra Schmidt; a sis­ter, Bar­bara Hagele; 11 grand­chil­dren; and four great-grand­chil­dren.

Ser­vices with mil­i­tary hon­ors will be pri­vate.

– Dale An­der­son

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