Raymond Paddock Sr. was born on March 12, 1911, in Hoonah to William H. Paddock, an Irish man and Anna Tagcook Paddock, Ghaj¿nt’, Lukaaxh.¿di Xhaak’w H¿t from Yandeist’akhy¿. He passed away March 3, 2011, just nine days prior to his 100th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home in Sitka where he witnessed a spectacular sunset over Mt. Edgecumbe the last evening of his life.
Ray was often referred to as one of the Paddock brothers, as they were well known throughout the state of Alaska for their expert abilities to build and construct towns such as Pelican, where he owned the first home built, docks for the Alaska Marine Highway System and many bridges. Ray was an accomplished musician, taught by his sister Minnie. He played almost every musical instrument. Ray belonged to the Carpenters Union, Pioneers of Alaska, was a lifetime member of ANB camp No. 76, was a superintendent of many jobs, and was a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay for 52 years, starting with a small sailboat. His last boat was the Crusader.” His family wrote “Ray often said ‘The biggest catch of his life was when he met his wife Edna.’”
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents William and Anna; brothers Jim, Tom, Fred, Martin and Joe Paddock; sister Minnie Kneebone sons; Raymond Paddock Jr. and Robert Stroup and daughters Shirley Davis and Carol Jorgensen.
He is survived by his wife Edna Paddock of Tenakee Springs and Sitka; son James Paddock; daughters Gayle (Greg) Wright-Hocker, Aleta (Jeff) Dyer, Darleen Flattergraff, Deloris Nelson, Donnie (Don) Campbell and Diann Tulenchek; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Raymond came from the Raven/Sockeye- Lukaaxh.¿di. His Tlingit name is D¿ak ‘k¿ ‘eesh, which means Father of the Men. His family wrote “In the Tlingit tradition, Ray was a strong man — quiet and humble never needing recognition and silently insisting family do the same. Walk through the land and do the best you can seemed to be his quest. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grand-children, great-great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.”
Ray requested that we do not mourn his death but celebrate his life with an Irish wake in Tenakee Springs, where the bath house was named for him. A date will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Edna Paddock P.O. Box 596, Tenakee, AK 99841 and will be donated to The Raymond Paddock Jr. Medical fund, established to assist Tribal members with medical costs.