Paul vonColditz, 84, Was Veteran of World War II
Paul vonColditz, a former summer visitor with nearly a century of family ties to the Vineyard, died at the age of 84 on Dec. 18 in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada. His maternal family, the Wares, dates back to the early 1900s as summer residents on the Vineyard.
Mr. vonColditz, the son of Ruth Ware and Dr. Grambow vonColditz, was born in Chicago on Feb. 22, 1918. He moved to Montreal in 1927. He attended Bishops College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and served in the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.
After the war, he worked for the Canadian Steel and Foundry Co. in Montreal. He later moved his family to Vancouver, British Columbia. In retirement he returned to Lac Brule in Ste. Agathe, Quebec.
Mr. vonColditz is survived by his wife, Shirley; his son, Eric (Judy) vonColditz of Montreal and Ste. Agathe; his daughter, Constance (Geoffrey) Crump of Vancouver, B.C.; stepdaughters Janice McConnell and Susan (William) Shackell of Montreal; half-brothers Frederick (Diane) Shorey of Michigan and Robert (Audrey) Shorey of Maine; cousins Jack (Jane) Ware of Maine, Pat Ware Vann of Martha's Vineyard, Teddy Gaston, Nancy Sidenburg and Barbara Ross of California; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan; his son, Dickson; his brother, Herbert (Ginny) vonColditz, and his sister, Betty (Ralph) Bassett. A memorial service was held on Dec. 30, and interment will be this spring at Ste. Agathe.