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Clairton man had fatherly instincts

| Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002

Paul Bindrim had no children, but he was a father figure to many, family members said.

"He was just like a father to me," said Mr. Bindrim's great-niece, Jane King. "In fact, he was my godfather. He had to be a godfather about 25 times over."

Paul A. Bindrim, of Clairton, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills. He was 86.

King's father, Edward Canton, said his uncle had been married briefly, but that marriage produced no children. Canton also said Mr. Bindrim was a surrogate father to him, his children and his grandchildren.

"He was very good to my children," Canton said. "I have four daughters. He took them all over the place when they were little. He took them out to enjoy things.

"Even my grandchildren, he would pick them up from school and give them a dollar here and there to get some ice cream. He was just an all-around good guy. He loved them and they loved him."

Mr. Bindrim was a longtime Clairton resident and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945 in the 42nd Field Artillery Service Battery. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Bindrim spent more than 40 years working at U.S. Steel's Clairton Works, where he was a stationary engineer. Canton said his uncle didn't talk much about his time in the service. Canton said Bindrim was a person who just enjoyed life.

"He was funny," said King. "He would do anything for anybody."

King said in the last couple of years of her great-uncle's life, he would always ask her if she remembered the time he took her out on a picnic.

"At that time, he was in his 50s, and he was running back and forth with a kite," King said.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the A.J. Bekavic Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Friday at St. Joseph Church.

Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery.

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