ADAMS CENTER, NY — Paul G. Alberry, 61, loving husband, father, soldier, police officer and entrepreneur, passed away peacefully October 20, 2020, at his home in Adams Center. He was surrounded by his loving family and in the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.
Calling hours will be held noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 3 p.m. in the Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery.
Born July 23, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois, son of Paul Gordon and Mona (Mueller) Alberry, he graduated in 1977 from Gouverneur Central High School and during his senior year he enlisted in the military. Upon his graduation he began his military career as an military police officer. It was during his first duty
assignment in Germany where he met Fran M. Rider. The couple married on Sept. 29, 1979, in Spragueville, NY. He served active duty until 1983 and afterwards continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1994. During that time he was called back to active duty to serve during Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged and received the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army achievement Medal, Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Lapel Button, Marksman Marksmanship Badge Pistol, Mechanics Badge, and Sharpshooter Badge (rifle).
While serving in the reserves he became a police officer in Antwerp in 1984. He then worked in Clayton and retired from the Watertown Police Department in the late 1990s after being injured on active duty.
Paul purchased Brownville Pizza in the early 1990s, he owned and operated many rental properties, and in 2001 purchased Mr. Rick’s Bakery in Watertown. He, his wife and children owned and operated the bakery until 2019.
Paul enjoyed bowling and was on many bowling leagues. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to cook and bake, and when you had the opportunity to be around him he loved to be a smartass!
He was a member of the American Legion Post 61, Watertown Elks Lodge #496, and Watertown Eagles Club.
Among his survivors are his beloved wife, Fran, a daughter and son-in-law, Angelica and Michael Anderson and their two daughters, Kristianna and Alexandra of Evans, GA, a son, Paul Geremy Alberry and his wife Caitlyn; two sisters and their husbands, Marcy and Jim Grenier, Clayton, and Monique and Tony Sabatino, NJ; many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals who have assisted with Paul’s care.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartandbrucefh.com