Paul Eugene Thornton Sr., 62, of Ocala FL passed away on May 29, 2021. Paul was born on August 12, 1958 in Jacksonville FL and has lived in Ocala since 1984. Paul is preceded by a sister Libby.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Diane (Harkins) Thornton, a son and daughter in law; Paul Eugene Thornton Jr and Julie of Satellite Beach FL, grandson Master Alexander James Thornton, parents; James Edward (Sonny) and Barbara Jean (Hardy) Thornton of Lake Asbury Green Cove Springs, Fl. , a sister Kelly (Shawn) Meinke of Middleburg, FL and many nieces and nephews.
Paul joined the United States Army and served for 8 years as a staff sergeant Calibration Specialist and Avionic Equipment Maintenance supervisor. He served in Korea in 1980 to 1981. He worked for British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia from 1990- 1994 during the Gulf War. He graduated from Chaminade University in Oahu, Hawaii with an associates degree. He also owned Pump Truck Services for 15 years. He was of Catholic faith.
Paul had many different interests including riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, traveling, cruises, woodworking, scuba diving, camping, reading, watching the History Channel and was an avid Premier League Soccer fan. Paul was a kind man with an infectious laugh and big heart. He was well loved in the community and enjoyed helping his neighbors. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed playing with his grandson Alexander.