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Paul A. Goodfellow. Obit
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Paul Goodfellow dropped out of school in the eighth grade so he could help take care of his family in the 1930s.

Having never lost the desire to complete his studies, he earned a general equivalency diploma when he was in his 70s, said his daughter, Rosemary Blaha of Port Vue.

Paul Aloyisus Goodfellow of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Lawson Nursing Home in Jefferson Hills. He was 94.

He and his wife, Marcella A. Skiffington Goodfellow, were the parents of five children, and he always stressed the need for education, Blaha said.

“He felt that was very important,” Blaha said.

Mr. Goodfellow was a World War II veteran who valued spending time with his family.

“Nobody could have ever had a better father,” said his son, Gerald Goodfellow of Elizabeth.

Mr. Goodfellow was born May 26, 1918, in Braddock to Daniel Goodfellow and Anna Herreran.

At 13, he dropped out of school to deliver milk door to door for Menzie Dairy Co. in McKeesport, Blaha said.

In 1943, Mr. Goodfellow was drafted into the Army, serving in Company C, 1280th Engineers Combat Battalion, as a construction foreman in central Europe during World War II, Blaha said. He earned several commendations, including the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, before being discharged as a corporal in 1946.

Until a few years ago, he had been a longtime member of a bowling league and a golf league in Elizabeth, Blaha said.

In addition to his daughter Rosemary and son Gerald, Mr. Goodfellow is survived by three children, Paul A. Goodfellow of Ligonier, Patrick Goodfellow of Elizabeth and Carol Ann Southern of West Newton; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mr. Goodfellow was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Gertrude Goodfellow, and a granddaughter, Jill Ann Goodfellow of Rankin.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Ralph L. Johnson Funeral Home, 3411 Wood St., Elizabeth. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Walters officiating. Interment will be at Round Hill Cemetery.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or

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