Paul Anderson

"For those of you who may be unaware, it is with great sadness that I must let you know that we have lost a dear friend. Paul Anderson passed away on Thursday June 9th, surrounded by his family. Paul started Bless Your Hearth Chimney Service in 1992. He sold his home and business in 2007, bought an RV, and he and his wonderful wife of 20 years, Connie, traveled the country, and settled in Ocala, Florida in 2009. Paul was a past Secretary of the NYSCSG and a current CSIA instructor.

Calling hours will be held at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main Street Fultonville, NY 12072 on Saturday, July 23rd from 1 to 2 p.m., followed immediately by a memorial service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul's name to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, 2155 Commercial Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168 or to the Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474. Messages to the family can be posted on www.brbsfuneral.com."

From Paul's wife Connie...

"As I'm sure many of you already know, Paul passed away peacefully Thursday June 9th at 4:20 AM. Funny how we remember important dates, birthdays, anniversaries and such, but not the time of day… Strange how my mind works in times of stress…

Paul was my best friend. He taught me so much, but mostly to love myself, and that it was ok to be a bit odd. He loved me for what I am and only tried to encourage me to do more. Become a chimney sweep - are you crazy, but he knew I could pass the test and better our business - I still owe you, John, for that nasty trick you played on me! :-) - but Paul knew better.

Sometimes he tried to come across as a tough guy, but he was such a softy. He loved me, and told me so almost daily. While we were traveling in the motor home we went so many places because I wanted to. I'd catch him just smiling behind me while I was in awe over something our beautiful country had to offer. He wanted me to love the full-time lifestyle as much as he did, but he understood our differences and more times than not, "gave in" to make me happy.

Life isn't always fair and we don't always get to choose, but I was lucky enough to meet the love of my life. Thanks, Jean, for the introduction and thanks, Mikey, for convincing me to get married again. Loosing the two most important men in my life within the same year is horrible and my heart is broken into a million little pieces. However, life still goes on; we still need to laugh; and we still need to acknowledge that Paul could be a loveable PIA. :-)

Paul would be humbled by the outpouring of love and support. I am honored that he chose me 20 years ago to spend the rest of his life with. I am proud to know how many lives he touched. I had the most wonderful 20 years with Paul and figured on at least 30 more, but this is one of those things we don't necessarily get to choose. Thank you all so very, very much for all of your kind words, prayers, and support. I have no adequate words to express my gratitude. Thank you for caring about my husband. Please, all of you be kind to yourselves and tell anyone in your life daily how much you love them. Sweeps luck, travel safe, hugs to you all!"