Paul L. Estes, 81, died peacefully at his home in Monroe, New Hampshire, on Jan. 18, surrounded by his loved ones. Paul was born in Franklin, New Hampshire, on Nov. 4, 1940, the son of Irving Estes and Margaret (Johnson) Estes. The family relocated to Connecticut when he was seven years old. He graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served four years and traveled throughout Europe.
Paul married and started a family in 1964 after an honorable discharge from the Marines. Paul enjoyed waterskiing, square dancing, playing cards, and rolling skating, which is were met his wife, Janice Robinson. Paul had a successful career with Western Electric (AT&T) for 31 years before retiring.
In addition, Paul was very active in both fire and EMS. He was an avid member of the fire departments in Connecticut and New Hampshire, serving 15 years with Clinton and 10 years Westbrook. Paul mentored many teenagers, earned his EMT, and was very active within the community. The family relocated back to New Hampshire in 1993 to the Haverhill area where he then volunteered with the local fire department and continued as an EMT serving 10-plus years between North Haverhill and Haverhill Corner departments. In 2006, he and his wife moved to Monroe, New Hampshire and he continued to volunteer with the Monroe FAST Squad.
Paul was a man of few words, and everyone knew where they stood with him. He never hesitated to step up, whether helping on camping trips for his girls’ scouting troops, cheering on his girls’ sporting events, teaching CPR, helping his neighbors, or kicking back enjoying football on the weekend.
Paul will be greatly missed, leaving behind his wife, Janice; daughters Paula Ingerson and her husband James, Katherine McDermott and her husband Brian, and Christine Noon and her husband Griff; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He also leaves behind his brother Albion and his wife Janice. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Irving and Margaret; brothers Charles and Richard; sisters Shirley and Carol; and one grandchild.
Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your location fire department.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the North Monroe Church, 1854 Littleton Road, Monroe, New Hampshire. A concluding service with military honors will be held at the North Monroe Cemetery.
For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com. Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.