In Memory of Paul D. Zuckerwar

Paul D. Zuckerwar, conga player in Lexington’s rock band, Flame, died Monday, January 12, 2015, at Albany Medical Center after suffering a sudden medical event on Saturday, January 10. He was 54 and a resident of Mayfield, NY.

Paul was born May 23, 1960, in Gloversville, NY. In 1988, Paul began receiving services from Lexington - Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc., and it was at Lexington where he began his career as a musician. Prior to joining Flame, a rock band whose talented members all happen to have disabilities, Paul didn’t feel like he had a purpose. But all of that changed in 2003, when he became a member of the band and suddenly had a platform from which he could spread his message of hope and acceptance. “Paul was a talented musician. His warmth and smile made everyone feel welcomed and inspired. He was a wonderful role model and lived out his dreams to the fullest. Paul will truly be missed, and we are blessed to have learned so much from him,” said Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston.

Paul loved performing, traveling and meeting new people. He touched the lives of everyone he met and will be sorely missed by both those who knew him and those who knew his music. “Those of us who shared in Paul’s life shared his love and sense of humor. Paul’s unconditional love for those in his life was very real and without limit. He was very social and loved meeting new people when he traveled with Flame. He loved telling jokes and hanging with his friends. His band mates will remember Paul for being a practical joker and always giving good advice. He knew how to make people smile and laugh. Performing with Flame was one of the greatest joys in Paul’s life. He was very proud that he was able to inspire others and teach them to treat everyone with respect,” said Maria Nestle, who has worked with Flame for 11 years. About her friend, Michelle King, Flame’s lead singer, said, “Paul was like a big brother to all of us and a great friend. We will miss him.”

There will be a time of remembrance for Paul from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home located at 51 Freemont St. in Gloversville. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. and will be officiated by Pastor Patty Bush, Paul’s cousin. Flame will perform during the funeral to honor their dear friend. A private burial will follow directly after the funeral. Following the service, there will be a gathering of friends and family at The Center at Lexington, 465 N. Perry St., Johnstown.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to The Lexington Foundation, 465 N. Perry St., Johnstown, NY 12095, for the development of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.