May 12, 1925 ~ October 9, 2020
Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Albert Paul “Sonny” Considine entered eternal life on Friday, October 9, 2020, at the age of 95.
Paul was born May 12, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, (as he’d say, “I was born when I was very young”) to Edward J. and Catherine (Kindelan) Considine, the tenth of 11 children, 8 of whom lived to adulthood. He grew up on Victory Street and excelled at baseball. He played in the minor leagues for the Cardinals but World War II interrupted his budding baseball career. He joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving in the ‘SeaBees’ – Construction Battalion – in the Pacific. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. After being honorably discharged, he returned to St. Mary’s, earning his high school diploma.
After graduation, while working nights at the Foundry 3-11, he got another job at Hull-Dobbs Ford as a parts salesman. On Halloween 1952, Dorothy Keyser drove her ailing car into the service area and she and Paul caught each other’s eye. He asked her to marry him on Thanksgiving, she accepted on Christmas and they got married on Independence Day 1953. They had many joys – including the birth of four children in four years: Lorrie, Kevin and twins Jean and Joan – and many challenges, eventually divorcing but ultimately returning to each other. Paul cared for Dorothy as she fought a several year battle with cancer and was by her side with their children when she passed away in 2002.
Paul worked in truck sales for his career, his longest stint at Austin GMC. He and the family took many vacations including such favorites as Williamsburg, Rehoboth Beach, the Outer Banks, and Naples, Florida and Kipawa, Canada, both places where Dorothy’s parents had vacation spots. Annual family gatherings – the Considine Kid Party and the Bing Fling – were also a highlight. Playing golf and watching the Browns and Indians were favorite pastimes – along with cleaning the kitchen, tending to yard work, serenading his daughters and granddaughters on their birthdays by singing “My Best To You,” entertaining friends with his wit, and assuring everyone he was “handsome, debonair, wonderful – and modest.”
He found joy being “Pap Pap” to his six grandchildren, attending baseball and basketball games, dance recitals and band concerts. He had a special soft spot for his two great-granddaughters.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife Dorothy and her parents Al and Lorene Keyser; siblings James and his wife Margaret; Mary and her husband Bernard Reymann; Eddie and his wife Mary Lou; Robert; Richard; William; George Howard and his wife Gene; Kathleen and her husband Edmund; Jeannette and her husband Jack McCormick; brother-in-law Brian Williams; sister-in-law Frances Ganard and her husband George Coons; sons-in-law David Francis and Gary R. Johnson; nephews Terry Coons, Rick Coons and Mark Ostroski; and nieces Barb Bucy and Katy Williams.
His legacy lives on through his children Lorrie (Jeff Thomas), Kevin (Martha), Jean, and Joan Johnson; grandchildren Erin Walker (Rob), Chris (Lauren), Bethany Francis, Ben Francis, Colleen Daubert (Tom) and Brendan Thomas (Hannah); bonus granddaughter Becky Brower Wolcott; great-granddaughters Fallon and Felicity Walker; sister Teresa Williams; dear friend Carolyn Stevenson; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He always said he couldn’t leave this earth until his bills were paid so he planned to live forever. But God has now marked his debt “paid in full” and Paul is enjoying the heaven promised to him by his Catholic faith.
A private family service will be held October 13 at 11am and will be livestreamed at Holy Family, Stow, YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt_3Y7uMsUzUGreGqA716Iw. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to Akron Children’s Hospital (www.akronchildrens.org/giving) where Paul’s nephew and godson William Considine is Chief Executive Officer Emeritus.