Paul Charles Cowderoy

photo of Paul Cowderoy

Paul Cowderoy

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Paul Charles Cowderoy on Sunday, October 8th, 2017. He fought strong and brave up to his last breath throughout his dealing with his numerous health issues, with the goal of being able to go home with the absolute love of his life, his wife Virginia that he called his “Angel” and being with his family.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend. A true family man through and through. Paul is survived by his incredible wife Virginia, daughter Sherry Begue, her husband Bill, their children Gary and Diana; son Michael, his wife Christina; daughter Christine; son Dwayne Scott, his wife Joy, their children Holly and Breanna.

Photo of Lieutenant Paul Cowderoy

Lieutenant Paul Cowderoy

Paul was born in Seattle on February 20th 1923 to Leonard and Ara Cowderoy, from a young boy he and his sister Jeanne were raised by his Father and Step mother Lillian in the north Seattle area. Paul attended and graduated  from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 1941. He enlisted active duty from enlisted reserve duty for flight training December 4, 1942 and became an Flight Officer 2nd Lieutenant Pilot.

Paul and Virginia first met in 1943 in Oregon at an ocean beach, it was love at first sight. Their relationship blossomed and were married in Virginia’s home city of Portland, August 10th 1945. They did celebrate their 72nd wedding anniverary together this last August 10th. They lived in Seattle in the Northgate/Lake City area. Paul had several jobs after the war, the one that he landed at Boeing was special, he was there for 35 years and was a highly rated Contact Administrator. Retiring in 1985 he remained very busy, among many things he and his wife turned to traveling in their truck and camper, then moved up to a larger RV. They were members of the Elks 1800 Wheelers RV Club, holding several leadership roles, which they continued doing until their 80’s. They took many trips around the country and their call name was the “Red Baron”.

Paul enjoyed lively conversations and always wanted to know about all the family and what they were doing. The Family “Get-Togethers” were very important to him, his wife and family meant everything to him. He had a lifelong passion for sports, participating in many and in his later years would be found in front his big screen TV enjoying all his favorite sports and teams. Paul was an avid Seattle Sounder fan, he and his wife Virginia had season tickets back in the 1980’s when they played in the Kingdome, in the later years he never missed a game on TV. He was a Husky fan who enjoyed Husky football, as well as the Seahawks and Mariners.

It is impossible to adequately describe the many facets and attributes that made Paul who he was. He had a connection and lasting impact on many people throughout his life. His death has left an enormous void which can never be filled. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

The family is grateful to our many friends for the outpouring of love and support.

10 Responses to “Paul Charles Cowderoy”

  • Diana B says:

    Miss you Grandpa, you were a true Patriarch and showed us love, and strength We know you are watching over us and laughing with our other Guardian angels

  • Kim Woogerd says:

    To the Cowderoy Family…thank-you for allowing Shoreline to care for Paul, he was such a sweet man. He will be dearly missed. So sorry for your loss. May you hold and cherish your memories close to your heart at this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy.

  • Sheri Jones says:

    Paul was a great man and was truly loved by everyone! He will be missed by all.

    Love you all Sheri

  • Don Smith says:

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul and Virginia for several years as their financial adviser and friend. Paul always shared his great sense of humor and wit. I could always see that Paul and Virginia had a very special relationship. Paul was a special man and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Virginia and family. Don

  • Michael Cowderoy says:

    To my Dad
    Dad you gave me life and showed me what being a Man is, not only by what you said, but just as importantly by your actions and how you lived your life on a daily basis. My memories are endless of all the many things we did together. I have looked up to you from my first breath to your last breath. As time passes I will gradually move towards the day when the comfort of my memories is greater than the sorrow of my loss.
    Love you Dad, your Son Michael

  • Katy Macklin Malm says:

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Paul. I’m sure my mother will be glad to see him, but a real loss for all left behind. Mike, this was a very nice tribute. -Katy

  • linda Macklin Osburn says:

    It’s difficult to sit here and write my condolences for one of my favorite relatives, my Uncle Paul. It just cant be done in a few sentences.
    We stayed in touch through email, he was always sending me jokes and I loved that.
    As Mike said he was a role model, for all of us.
    He was perfect as far as I was concerned.
    We shared holidays and celebrated Birthdays when we were kids with both our families, Christmas’s and Thanksgiving..I have wonderful memories of our families together.
    My condolences to his family and to my Aunt Virginia..I understand her loss..he was quite the “guy”.

  • Sarah Kuhnhausen says:

    We had the great pleasure & honor of living next door to you for over 20 years, becoming so much more than neighbors. You lovingly added Kasey to your heart when he was born, and became his third, and much adored grandfather. Your spirit, strength, and devotion to family & friends is a shining example of a well lived life. Although we have cherished memories to comfort us in your passing, we will forever miss you.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us, Paulie.
    We love you so!

  • Cindy Cole Vanhoff says:

    It’s 2020 and clearly I have been out of touch with family. Candy was asking about the Cowderoy family. This notice came up.

    I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I remember him as large as life and a lot of laughing.


    My sister Cindy found this notice. Our family is saddened to read that Uncle Paul passed away and am sending our very belated condolences. I will always remember looking so forward to visiting all the family as a kid and having such a wonderful time at Uncle Paul and Aunt Virginias house with all the cousins. I know how much he will be missed.

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