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Vigil planned outside Lyndonville school for Paul Lauricella

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Paul Lauricella in a photo from his Facebook page

LYNDONVILLE – Friends will gather on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyndonville school parking lot to remember Paul Lauricella, a 2007 Lyndonville graduate who died in a car accident on Wednesday morning.

Lauricella, 24, had many friends in the community.

“He always lifted everyone’s spirits,” said his friend Shelby Blousenhauer of Medina. “He was such a nurturing person who would give you the shirt off of his back in a snowstorm.”

Blousenhauer and her husband Chris are helping to plan Sunday’s candlelight vigil. Sam Stillinger and her boyfriend Bryan Babcock also are working on the vigil.

Shirts and stickers in memory of Lauricella will be for sale to help his family pay for funeral costs. The shirts for $12 will say “In Memory of Paul V. Lauricella. Sacred moments will never be lost in time.” Car window decals will be $3.

Lauricella worked as a machinist with Brunner International in Medina and also worked with his father in the family business. He enjoyed fixing cars.

His father, Paul Lauricella, is vice chairman of the Orleans County Conservative Party. He is active in local politics and attends many government meetings, often expressing his disproval about budgets with tax increases.

Participants in the vigil on Sunday are encouraged to bring their own candles.

Calling hours for Lauricella are on Monday at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Daniel Thurber will officiate.