Paul T. Atteridg died Nov. 26, 2013, in Lakewood, Colo., after a very short illness. He was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Summit, N.J., but grew up in nearby Chatham. He attended the public schools, became an Eagle Scout and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1942. He graduated from Cornell University with two degrees in chemical engineering and shortly thereafter received an Ensign’s commission. Eventually he was made a Lt. J.G. in the Naval Reserve.
While at Cornell, he met another student, Louise Van Nederynen, and they were married July 3, 1948 — the start of 65 years of happy marriage. They are the parents of six children, five whom survive Paul: Ellen Watkins of Spokane, Washington; Paul T. (“Ted”) Jr. of Arvada, Colorado; John W. who predeceased him in 2001; Susan Izard (Lonnie) and Barbara Robin (Jon), both of The Woodlands, Texas; and James A. Atteridg of Durango, Colo. They have 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: George S. of Pueblo West, Colorado, and Robert B. of Rolesville, North Carolina.
After his discharge from the Navy, Paul went to work for The M. W. Kellogg Company — an engineering/contracting company that designed and built oil refineries and chemical plants all over the world. He first served in their research laboratories in Jersey City, N.J. — work that led to the award of two U.S. patents. There followed assignments in New York City, first in Kellogg’s engineering department, later in sales. When the entire company moved to Houston, Paul went with them. In 1980, he was assigned to Kellogg’s Canadian affiliate in Calgary, Canada, as sales vice president. He worked at Kellogg for 35 years and retired in 1982, when he and Louise moved to Grand County. Together, they worked at Country Hardware for Judy and Dan Canup for three years.
Music was a thread running through Paul’s life. He commenced piano lessons at age 3 at the Summit School of Music and continued them for nearly 15 years. Along the way, he also learned to play the organ, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo and oboe and did so in state-wide bands and orchestras and throughout high school in a dance orchestra. He was also fond of vocal music and sang in church choirs wherever he lived. More recently, he was a member of the Grand Chorale Barbershop group in Grand County.
In retirement, he and Louise trailered all over the United States and Canada and volunteered in several state or national parks — including six winters in Big Bend National Park. Paul developed a passion for genealogy and after 25 years of study, published The Attridges of North America (also Atteridge, Atteridg, etc.). He also researched the Wolcotts of Monmouth County, N.J., the Bruens of N.J. and several Dutch families who were Louise’s ancestors.
Paul was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, the Grand County Historical Association and Church of the Eternal Hills.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Grand County or Heart of the Mountains Hospice of Grand County.
There will be a celebration of remembrance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash.