Person:Paul Wackes (1)

Watchers
m. 16 Nov 1907
  1. Esther WACKES1909 - 1987
  2. Charles Louis WACKES, III1911 - 1981
  3. Lois Augusta WACKES1912 - 1987
  4. Marjorie Carol Wackes1915 - 2003
  5. Henry Paul WACKES, Sr.1916 - 1999
  6. Paul George Wackes1918 - 2001
Facts and Events
Name Paul George Wackes
Gender Male
Birth? 15 Dec 1918 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Christening? 1931 Bethel Temple, Phila
Education? High School -- Central High School for Boys (Phila), Upper Moreland HS (Willow Grove, PA)
Occupation? Building Contractor
Death[1] 13 May 2001 Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Burial? 18 May 2001 Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL
Religion? Presbyterian
Soc Sec No? 163-16-4109 / Issued before 1951 / Last benefit May 2001

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Blond

Height: 5’9”

HOBB: Ocean fishing, bocci ball, horseshoes, “piddling” with tools

HONO: Christian Manhood of the Year, Broward County YMCA, 1977; Broward Builders Exchange/Florida Architects Assoc. Craftsmanship Award, 1963


What a wonderful example of a godly man. Paul considered God as his major partner. One year he gave 90% of his income to God’s work. He regularly gave 51% before taxes. He did the following: • served as president of the Broward County YMCA 1972-74 • was awarded the Christian Statesman of the Year Award by the TMCA in 1977 • served several terms as president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Christian Businessmens Committee • Was ordained a ruling elder at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale in 1958 and headed church’s outreach ministry to the community. for many years. • Built and personally funded the first faith-based and community funded alcohol rehab program in Broward County, Fair Haven • Arranged for the purchase of land and constructed the first segments, A-G, of St. Andrews Estates (Open Door Estates) in Boca Raton and Covenant Village in Plantation. • Purchased land for Migrant Bible Mission in Broward County • Built the first YMCA for Northwest Fort Lauderdale • Served as Trustee at Boca Raton Community Church • Constructed the chapel/classroom building at Boca • Built the present sanctuary of Bethany Presb Church • Conducted Sunday religious services at the Broward County Jail for 25 years without missing a Sunday, and ditto for retirement homes • Member Headmaster’s Council Westminster Academy from time of its inception • Donated downpayment for three WA teachers to buy initial houses • In later years member of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

Begininng in the mid 1950’s was a Building contractor par excellence. “House built by Paul Wackes” was regularly part of ads in local paper to advertise homes for sale, knowing that it meant certain credibility. Built hundreds of homes in the Fort Lauderdale, Bayview, Coral Ridge Isles, Lighthouse Point, and Boca Raton areas from the mid-1950’s.

Served in Army Engineers in WWII as Sargeant. Participated in invasion of Okinawa. Trained at Camp Blanding in Starke, FL. Enjoyed visit to Blanding Museum in 1996 with son Ken to remember “old times” at Camp Blanding. Army ID #

Beloved wife of Ruth, who he married at age 18 and to whom he was married for 64 years. Beloved father of Ken Wackes, Eunice Lewis, Cheryl Bowe, Alan Wackes, and Stephan Wackes, Beloved Grandfather of 14, Beloved Great Grandfather of 13. Adored. Admired. Deeply Loved. by his family. Now at peace after a brief illness folloing hip surgery and safe in the arms of Jesus, his Savior.

A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday at 7 PM at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at the Federal Military Cemetary in Bushnell, FL.

References
  1. Died as result of complications from breaking hip.