Paul R. Westerfeld passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 8, 2021 at age 81 in his home on Hilton Head Island, SC. He leaves behind his cherished wife of 56 years, Emma Jean; daughter Jennifer; son’s Chris and Patrick; daughter-in-law Nora Morris; grandsons Trey and Griffen; sister Jan Thesing; nieces Lisa and Amy, and nephew Eric. Paul also leaves behind many cousins and close friends. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marie (nee Hoff) Westerfeld.
Paul grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Hughes High School in 1957. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Masters of Education Degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. While attending Miami University, Paul was a pitcher for the Men’s Varsity Baseball Team.
After graduation, Paul began his teaching career at Little Miami Junior High School before moving to Greenhills Middle School. He finished his teaching career at Winton Woods Middle School, retiring in 1997. Paul enjoyed coaching and was a middle school basketball coach while at Greenhills and Winton Woods Middle Schools. Paul was a dedicated teacher and coach for 34 years.
Paul was an avid sports fan of anything Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, Xavier, Reds, and the Bengals. He watched the teams enthusiastically. He was a huge supporter of his alma mater Miami University, and as a dedicated season ticket holder for many years, he followed eagerly his basketball and football teams.
In 2013, Paul and Jean relocated to Hilton Head Island, SC. While Paul never was far from his Cincinnati roots, he enjoyed the milder climate and wildlife found on the island.
The family looks forward to sharing many happy memories of Paul’s life at a “celebration of life” to be held at a future date. They would also like to express their sincere appreciation for the love and support extended to them during this difficult time. On behalf of the family, and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org or to Little Patch of Heaven, an animal rescue center in Morrow, Ohio at: Little Patch of Heaven Inc., 2888 McIntire Rd., Morrow, Ohio 45152.