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Paul “Paulie” Vincent Knobel, 49, of Waldorf died Oct. 23, 2012.
He was born June 29, 1963, at Calvert Memorial Hospital to Paul A. Knobel and Brenda V. Thompson Knobel Smith.
He was raised in the Gallant Green, Waldorf area and spent most of his life in Southern Maryland. He graduated from Thomas Stone High School in 1981. He was self-employed and worked as a home improvement sub-contractor. His specialty was vinyl siding and replacement windows, but there was no limit to what he could do. He was an active person and did not like to be still. He was anything but lazy. Some of his favorite things to do were hunting, fishing, walking, swimming, crabbing, volleyball and playing a game of pool. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved a good card game. He was a craftsman. He worked hard, fast and aimed for perfection and nothing less. He loved to take the old and make it new. He preferred remodeling homes to new construction and was very well known around Maryland and Virginia for his trade. He also worked as a mechanic. He loved to tear things apart and put them back together.
He was a simple man and appreciated the simple things in life: his family, friends, good food, good music, a growing garden, sunrises, sunsets and the full moon. He was unselfish, caring, thoughtful, sharing and would do anything to help anyone. He was never egotistical, but a very humble man. He had a terrific sense of humor and his smile was infectious. He was born and raised in the Catholic faith and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. Mary’s Church in Bryantown. He was most recently attending St. Michael’s Church in Brandywine. He volunteered his services whenever, wherever and for whomever he could. He volunteered at St. Michael’s Church, Camp Springs Elks Lodge in Camp Springs and many other organizations in the area. He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge in White Plains.
He was very proud of his nieces, Justyne Knobel and Rikki L. Sweeney Johnson, and his great-niece, Samantha, and great-nephew, Allen Johnson. He was “Uncle Paulie” to a lot of his friend’s children. Children loved him. He had so much energy and would play tirelessly with them.
He is survived by his parents; sisters, Norma Jean Knobel and Jaci Weaver; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brandywine. Family and friends will join in a remembrance for him at the church hall immediately following.
Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 (ID 31812731); or Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646.