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Paul N. Massing

Paul N. Massing

June 26, 1929 - June 22, 2018     Age: 88

Paul Nelson Massing, age 88, of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring.

He was born to the late Clarence Peter and Naomi Parks Massing on June 26, 1929 in Buffalo, NY. The family lived in Kenmore, NY where he graduated from Kenmore High School in 1947.  After graduating high school he was an honors graduate of the Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY in 1950. He enlisted in the US Army and served honorably from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He married his sweetheart Maureen Allen in 1954. Together they raised their 5 children in Tonawanda, NY before relocating to Houston, TX. His entire professional career he worked for Union Carbide on a number of important projects including rocket fuels, wastewater treatment, and oilfield services where he travelled extensively. After retirement he and Maureen made their home on Amelia Island in 1991.

With his lifelong dedication to art Paul exhibited his work frequently wherever he lived. As a member of the Buffalo Art Society he partook in annual exhibitions and frequently exhibited at The Allentown Art Show in downtown Buffalo.

Amelia Island has benefited from Paul in many ways. As an artist he donated his time and resources to the Island Art Association. His weekly life drawing sessions drew a variety of artists for a concentrated experience capturing the likenesses of local models from the island. Paul never met a stranger and has been flirting with most of female population of the island along with many of its visitors. Due to his propensity for long winded conversation, many considered Paul an ambassador if not a de-facto governor of the island. Paul designed T-shirts and posters for the annual shrimp festival, exhibited his art work across the island and the state, illustrated many books with local authors, and his large painted map of the island at the Residence Inn has guided many out of town visitors.

After 57 years of marriage he lost his beloved Maureen in 2011.

Surviving family members include Paul’s older sister Mary Andrews of St. Petersberg, FL and her many children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Paul is survived by his children, Patricia A. Hall of Raleigh, NC, Paula L. Poole of Fresno, CA, Peter A. Massing of Jacksonville, FL, Jack A. Massing and his wife Star of Houston, TX, Molly A. Massing of Amelia Island, FL; grandchildren, Allen, Stephanie, Katherine, Peter, Max; and great-grandchildren, Ireland, Circee, Cavell and Carmen.

A service of remembrance for Paul Massing will be held at the Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Rd., Amelia Island, FL, on Friday June 29th, 2018 at 11 am. Later that day, there will also be a remembrance for family and friends of Paul from 4 to 6 pm at the Island Art Association located at 18 North 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Donations may be made in Paul Massing’s memory to the Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring or the Island Art Association.



16 Condolences

  • Donna M Strawgate Posted June 24, 2018 7:24 pm

    My deepest and sincer condolences to the Massing family and friends. I am very saddened by the news of Paul’s passing away. Paul will be truly missed by many and I am one of many. I am so thankful for having had the pleasure of meeting Paul, and he will always remain in our hearts.

  • Johnny Q Posted June 25, 2018 7:02 pm

    I am most sorry for your loss. Paul Massing was a wonderful artist and friend to all who knew him. I will always remember him sketching on the lawn and playing guitar around the camp fire. It was an honor, privilege and a pleasure to have known him. I picture him now conversing with the Angels while painting the heavens with the tail of a comet. God Bless him and may he be re-united with his beloved Maureen.

  • Mary Minor Posted June 25, 2018 7:24 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Molly. Your dad was so awespme. Loved him. Hugs and prayers for you and your entire family. Love you

  • Jerikolke Posted June 25, 2018 10:34 pm

    When First Coast Community Bank had art from local artists displayed on the second floor of our bank for 3 months . I loved all the art and artists, but Paul Massing was always a crowd favorite at the art receptions! RIP Paul Massing.

  • Nestor Topchy Posted June 26, 2018 7:46 am

    Peace be with you ❤

  • Joan, Steve & Ralf Posted June 26, 2018 9:34 am

    We will cherish all fond memories of Uncle Paul.

  • Sue Hughes Posted June 27, 2018 8:54 pm

    Paul was a good friend, a mentor, an encourager, a fantastic artist, a problem solver, and a genuine person. He helped many artists to grow, and encouraged us along the way. His love of life and his wonderful personality will be missed by many.

  • James L. Widerman Posted June 28, 2018 9:22 am

    On average, every other Tuesday, Paul gave me the opportunity to learn how to draw figures, and I was so appreciative. I was always amazed, working along with us, at how he recreated the model’s “look,” and I made sure to purchase as many of his drawings as I could at the end of the season at the “big show.” I still look at them with amazement– what one person could do in less than two hours. I will always remember Paul with the deepest of appreciation.

  • Joyce Hagan-Svilokos Posted June 28, 2018 5:35 pm

    Rest In Peace Paul. You left a lasting legacy for your family and friends and future generations. One of many admirers and “old” school mates who remembers your talent from way back when.

  • Ron Miller Posted June 29, 2018 8:52 am

    Paul was such a kind and giving man. My first book was illustrated by him. I could tell by his enthusiasm and his laughter how much he loved doing it. He put his whole heart into his work. Not only was he my illustrator, he was my friend. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Ken maunz Posted June 29, 2018 4:35 pm

    Words can never capture the true persona of someone like Paul. I had the pleasure of knowing Paul for many years and couldn’t have asked for a better friend. He was so talented and so loved by so many. RIP peeker and enjoy your poker games in heaven. You are missed

  • Cara Curtin Posted July 2, 2018 7:04 pm

    Several years ago, Paul drew a pencil sketch of me during one of the life classes at the art association. I immediately had it matted and framed by Michael VanHorn at Harbor Lights. It has graced my guest room for years, and I have thought of him every time I saw it. Now, when I smile at the sketch, I shall float a greeting and a prayer his way.

  • Diane Withrow Posted July 10, 2018 12:47 pm

    When I heard that Paul had passed away, I was shocked. How could someone so alive, so upbeat, and so friendly be gone in a matter of a few days. Paul will be greatly missed by the members of the Island Art Association where he was a member for over twenty years.

  • Amanda Cooper Posted July 18, 2018 4:32 pm

    We were heartbroken to hear about the loss of Paul. He was a member here at the Morean Arts Center for many years and a regular in our annual exhibitions and our Saturday morning figure drawing sessions. He will be missed, but I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him or his extraordinary paintings here at the gallery. Sending love and hugs to his family from Paul’s Morean family.

  • Debra J. Lansdowne Posted July 21, 2018 2:11 pm

    I have never known another person so upbeat and loving. I have enjoyed his company at the Morean Art’s Center figure study sessions for years. He was so talented and such a sweet man. I also looked forward to seeing him at the Member Show openings. We will all miss and remember him fondly. Peace and blessings to all who loved him.

  • Yvonne (White)Smith Posted April 5, 2019 8:32 am

    I worked with Paul for many years at Union Carbide, Linde Division. He was a good man and fun to talk to. I have one of his paintings hanging on my wall in Naples, Florida. So sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed.

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