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Paul Franklin Dean, Sr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Alice Lovie Owens and John Dean. Paul was the third youngest of 12 siblings. He graduated from Ambler High School where he ran track and played football. Paul was featured in the Ambler Gazette several times. He was one of the areas fastest sprinters, and from football was known as Paul “the wall” Dean. He also went to Central State College for a short time and shortly after was employed by Merck Sharp & Dohme in North Wales, PA. Paul worked for Merck Sharp & Dohme for 36 and half years where he retired at the age of 55 as a line leader. Paul was present at all of the home meets and also assisted in some away meets for the Ambler Olympic Track Club in Ambler, PA. He also volunteered at the Mattie Dixon Food Cupboard in Ambler, PA for several years. Paul was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 29 years. Paul was baptized at the age of 12, at Zion Baptist Church in Ambler, PA and was active in the church where he served on the board of Trustees for a short while and sang on two choirs, the Men’s Choir and the Spirit & Truth Choir. Paul had to stop singing due to his health condition. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 65, lung cancer at age 72, and had a heart valve replacement where he was placed on oxygen at age 74. Also, at age 78 in July of 2017 Paul was diagnosed with cancer in his brain, lung and hip. Paul fought the good fight of faith for several months before passing on. Paul was married to Grace Estelle Dean for 57 years. This union was blessed with 3 boys, Paul, Jr., Keith, Sr., and Troy. Paul was preceded in death by David, John, Mary, Charles, and Margaret. Paul leaves behind his wife Grace, 3 sons Paul, Jr., Keith, Sr., Troy, 2 daughter in laws Melanie and Pam, 7 grandchildren, Keith, Jr., Anthony, Elizabeth, Brittany, Brandon, Alexie and Nichole, 6 great-grandchildren Madison, Brendan, Jamir, Anthony Paul, Simone and Mariah, brothers Robert, Pierre and Fredrick, sisters Florence, Annabel and Lovie along with a host of nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to Paul’s Funeral Service on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Zion Baptist Church, 14 North Street, Ambler, PA. The Viewing will be held from 9:00-11:00AM at Church. Interment will be Private.


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Oct

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Zion Baptist Church

14 North Street
Ambler, PA 19002

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Tuesday

3

Oct

11:00 AM
Zion Baptist Church

14 North Street
Ambler, PA 19002

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