Paul C. Tilley passed away Feb. 1, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He was born Feb. 21, 1936, at the town site in Bucksport by home delivery to parents Louis and Sarah (Carr) Tilley.

He attended Bucksport schools and graduated from Bucksport High School in 1954. Paul joined the Navy on May 16, 1961, serving on the USS Cromwell as a machinist’s mate. After his service, he worked at Cropley & Jewett in Bucksport, Delta Chemical in Searsport and in 1964 went to St. Regis in Bucksport as a pipe fitter for 33 years, retiring in 1998.

On Oct. 31, 1964, he married Barbara Herbest of Prospect and they were married for 53 years. Paul and his wife operated the Corner Store in Prospect for seven years. Paul loved German shepherds and antique cars and belonged to the Coastal Antique Auto Club for several years with his prize 1959 Plymouth Fury convertible.

He was predeceased by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Hayward and Ruth Haley;  his brother Richard “Dick” Tilley; a son, Thomas Herbest; and a daughter, Debbie Herbest Valenoti.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter, Rosemarie Webster; daughter and husband, Lisa and Dwayne Sutherland; sister-in-law Nell “Kiki” Tilley; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and he was very excited to find out he would be again welcoming great-grandtwins in July.

He will be greatly missed by his faithful companion, his dog Daisy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made out to Bucksport Animal Shelter, P.O. Box A, Bucksport, ME 04416. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service at noon on Tuesday Feb. 6, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.