---- — WILMINGTON — Paul John (Nick) Stephenson, 78, of Wilmington, died Feb. 11, 2013, at the Uihlein Living Center in Lake Placid. Paul was born in Wilmington, N.Y. on May 13, 1934, to Guy H. and Mary (Pelkey) Stephenson.
Paul worked at Marble Mountain Center and Whiteface Mountain Ski Center before joining the Wilmington Highway Department. He retired from the town in 1989 after 38 years. He was an honorary member of the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department having been a member for over 30 years. He served as chief for six years. He was one of the first EMT members in Wilmington and served as a NYS Fire Warden.
Paul was a true, avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout the Adirondacks. He went on numerous sporting trips to Montana, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New foundland and Quebec for moose, elk and caribou. Throughout the years, Paul enjoyed numerous camping trips and snowmo biling with family and friends. Paul spent many summers traveling from Maine to Montana, driving to Alaska twice. He enjoyed spending his years after retirement at his camp on Black Mountain.
Paul is survived by his wife Celia (Estes) of 53 years; a son Kent (Brigette) and his children, Cierra and Logan; a daugh ter Bethany (Gregory) Kress and their children, Kathryn and Kaitlyn, all of Wilmington. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Lawrence, Wm Henry, Guy; and sisters, Beatrice Lawrence, Margaret and Lucy Stephenson and Mary Cooper.
Special thanks to the great staff at AMC's renal unit in Saranac Lake and Uihlein Living Center, for their super job. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home in Au Sable Forks. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wilm ington Volunteer Fire Dept.