Paul David Napolitano, 85, of Murphy, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at his residence.
He was a native of Paterson, N.J., but met his wife, Nancy, in Daytona Beach, Fla. He lived most of his life in West Palm Beach, Fla., before moving to Murphy in 1994.
Paul was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy.
He managed several furniture stores and also worked as a mailman for eight years until his retirement.
Paul was co-founder of the Cherokee County Senior Games. Paul was proud of winning the gold medal in bowling at the first Cherokee County Senior Games and later winning gold at state. He also won many additional medals in bowling.
Paul taught exercise classes for several years at Penland Senior Center.
Paul was an active member of St. William Catholic Church, where he volunteered in many capacities. Paul enjoyed camping and fishing in the mountains of North Carolina.
He was the son of the late Michael and Marguerite Neopolitan. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Samuel Neopolitan.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nancy Jane Allegro Napolitano; two daughters, Gina Napolitano of Mount Pleasant, N.C., and Paula Marie Stevens and husband Mark of East Hampton, Conn.; a brother, Richard Neopolitan of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; five grandchildren, Justin, Ryan, and Christina Hill, and Tyler and Trent Stevens; six great-grandchildren, Anthony and Christian Hill, Savanna Burleyson, Sawyer High, and Lacie and Lincoln Hill; and a few nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass was held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in St. William Catholic Church with Father Alex Ayala and Deacon Carl Hubbell officiating. The inurnment was in the columbarium at St. William Catholic Church with military graveside rites conducted by Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532.
The family received friends following the services in the Commons at St. William Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Paul David Napolitano to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-3000.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.