Obituary of Paul Likoudis
Paul Augustine Likoudis, age 61 of Caywood, NY, passed away due to complications in his fight against cancer on September 22, 2016. He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing. The son of James and Ruth Likoudis of Montour Falls, Paul is survived by his brother Mark, and sisters Therese Williams, Celine Schanzer, Cathy Kader, and Margaret Byerley. Paul recently celebrated his 35th Wedding Anniversary with his loving wife Paulette, and sons Peter (Sarafina), Gabriel, and Vincent, and daughters Genevieve (Rick) Bitter, Kateri, and Irene (Matthew) DeMarco. He had 6 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was born in Buffalo, NY, blessed by Bishop James McNulty in St. Joseph's New Cathedral, and grew up in St. Mary of the Lake parish in Watkins Glen, NY, where he served as an altar boy. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and European Literature from Eisenhower College in 1975.
He worked as an artist/illustrator for the Catholic News Service, as assistant editor of the Catholic Commentator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he met his wife Paulette, and then became "special projects editor" for the Canadian Catholic Register. In 1990, after 8 years as editor and photographer for Rocket Publications, he became news editor for The Wanderer. For over two decades, he reported on the state of the Catholic Church in the United States; his range of writings included little known aspects of American Catholic history, as well as lucid commentaries on just war ethics, social justice principles, and the theological and political abuse of the findings of psychology and sociology.
In his free time, Paul enjoyed painting, gardening, watching movies, and above all, spending time with his ever-growing family. He was a loving husband and father and loved his Church and nation.
All support, thoughts, prayers, and outreach during these difficult times have been greatly appreciated.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 4-7 pm at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will follow in Montour Cemetery.