Paul V. Zill

Paul V. Zill was born on February 28, 1941 to Paul F. Zill and Margaret McGee Zill in Wilmington, Delaware. He passed away on Jan 10th 2019 at the age of 77 in Montrose New York, after a lengthy illness. Paul was preceded in death by his son, Paul Brian Zill of Stamford CT, and his brother Lawrence Zill of Gastonia, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Bierczynski Zill of South Salem NY and his son Eric V. Zill and his wife Amanda Zill of Mesa, AZ, grandchildren Alexandra Pearson of Phoenix AZ, Greg (& Elissa) Pearson of Gilbert AZ) , and Devin Zill of Mesa Arizona, as well as 3 great grandchildren, his brother Roger Zill of North Carolina, his sister, Sharon Zill of Colorado and sister, Barbara Zill of Maryland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul has lived in South Salem, NY for the last 49 years. He graduated from Conrad High School in Newport, DE, and shortly thereafter, entered the United States Army, earning the rank of Major, and served in the Army for 4 years and the Delaware Army National Guard for 25 years.

He was a licensed pilot for airplane, helicopter, hot air balloon, sea plane and glider. He started out as a helicopter pilot in Philadelphia, PA for the Atlantic Go Patrol and then moved to New York and worked for Joseph E. Seagram’s & Sons as their helicopter and air plane pilot for 25 years. Paul was the troop leader for Seagram’s Post 77 Explorer youth group. The explorers made their own glider where Paul took them to Kitty Hawk so they could fly their glider off the dunes like the Wright Brothers. His explorer group became the first to sew their own hot air balloon which they flew in the Reno Balloon Race, the Albuquerque Balloon race, and one year they won the Kentucky Derby Balloon Race. He inspired many others into the field of aviation with his mentorship.

Paul enjoyed skydiving, scuba diving, water skiing, snow skiing, ballooning and karate. He was an animal enthusiast having provided a home for an artic fox, horses, sheep, cats, birds and his favorite breed of dogs, German Shepherds. In retirement he would often be outside with his dogs enjoying nature or working on his property. Donations may be made in his honor to Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

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