Paul E. Harmeier, a retired chemical engineer, of Darien, CT and Barbados, West Indies, died peacefully on October 24th, his 87th birthday, after a brief illness, with family members at his side. His wife, Shealeagh, predeceased him in 2012.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancy and Janice, his son-in-law Christopher Day, and three grandchildren, May, Connor and Claire Karaffa, all of Greenwich. He is also survived by his sister, Veronica Lind of Pittsburgh, PA.
He was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1930. After graduating from Penn State, he served as an engineering officer aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin during the Korean War. Following discharge from the US Navy, he was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation in various engineering and lube analyst positions for 30 years until his retirement at age 55.
He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. He spent the winter months in Barbados where he was a visiting member of the Barbados Yacht Club and a member of the Rockley Golf Club. He was a member of the Middlesex Club in Darien and the GOBs a senior men’s interclub tennis group in Fairfield County. He was also a member of the Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk for more than 50 years where he shot his only hole in one.
He was a voracious reader and he spent many happy hours at the Darien Library where he was appreciative of the staff’s efforts to obtain obscure books for him. His membership in the Darien Men’s Association provided fellowship, interesting lectures, and field trips to local areas of interest. He was a member of the Apostrophe Protection Society whose mission is to prevent the misuse of apostrophes. He enjoyed riding his bicycle to the Convent of St. Birgitta in Darien where enjoyed visiting the nuns in their lovely setting and where he and his family have celebrated Christmas Eve for many years.
Funeral services and interment are private.