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Neary Quinn Funeral Home

39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ

OBITUARY

Paul Francis Voorhees

April 23, 1957February 27, 2020

Paul Francis Voorhees, 62, of Pt. Pleasant, died Thursday February 27, 2020 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, after a courageous 3 ½ year battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born in Neptune he grew up in Brielle and resided in Pt. Pleasant for the last 16 years. Paul was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. He was an avid boater, an animal lover and a voracious reader. He was an all-around sweet, humble, happy person who always had a smile on his face. A better friend could not be found. Paul graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1975. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Villanova University in 1979. Paul worked in marine shipping logistics his entire career starting with United States Lines and retiring as the Manager for West Coast Logistics for Hamburg Sud in Philadelphia, PA where he worked for the last 32 years. Paul was predeceased by his father William Voorhees and his sister-in-law, Susan Pitts. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia (Flowers), his mother Dorothy Voorhees; his brothers and sister-in-law, Peter Voorhees, Philip Voorhees and Ellen Sher, M.D; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joan and Charlie Henn. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Lisa Zodkoy, Edward Soltis, Mary Ellen Iorillo, Karen Soltis and Danielle, Sara and Kevin Voorhees. Family and friends will be gathering on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12-3pm at the Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. A Memorial Service will begin at 2:30 pm at the funeral home. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Paul’s name to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at lustgarten.org. For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Family and Friends Gathering Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Service Saturday, March 7, 2020

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John Donahue

March 3, 2020

Paul Voorhees was my friend since 1985 until the very end. It’s just not the same without him.

I miss my friend.

We met at USL in Oakland. He had just moved there from Norfolk and I was fresh out of the training program. The friendship was instant. We were brothers from another mother. You can decipher who was the brainchild. There are too many stories to share and pictures too. From trying to steal a ship model outside Fitz’s office after USL announced bankruptcy only to A) realize it wouldn’t fit in his Civic and B) Fitz meeting us on the elevator asking us where we were going. Desktop management to Paul was literally standing on his desk. He taught me a “crapload” about equipment management. His vocabulary was legendary. We tortured San Francisco together and remained friends throughout the years eventually getting together again at HS working for “Willy” as Paul called Mike Wilson.. The shenanigans continued but certainly more polished. He had met Patti and was taken. I was so happy for him and I met a wonderful woman named Patti that I love dearly. Paul ended up coming to Philadelphia and we continued a lifelong relationship I will never forget.

Paul was my friend.

I was able to see him very often throughout his battle and we spoke regularly, almost daily. I am thankful to say our last words on the Sunday before he passed were I Love You. It touched the core of my soul and so did he. RIP my friend. Until we meet again. Thanks for a lifetime of memories.

Marc Mitchell

March 3, 2020

Paul was intelligent, fair and most of all just fun to be around. The folks at Mitchell Bros. Truck Line in Vancouver, WA will always remember our work with Paul, a good leader, respected customer and true friend.

There was only one Paul. Rest now my friend

Respectfully

Marc Mitchell

Jeff Bryant

March 2, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Patti, Mrs. Voorhees, Peter, Phil & Ellen, and all "Uncle Paul"s kids. Paul's valor throughout these few years is a reflection of his innate nature and selflessness. His is a dear friendship that will always be treasured.

Barbara Rodgers

March 2, 2020

I worked for many years with Paul at U.S. Lines and Hamburg Sud. He was a great colleague and I am sorry to learn of his battle with cancer. I know he will be greatly missed.

Lydia Sarson

March 2, 2020

I met Paul when I started at Hamburg Sud in 2011. While we didn't work very closely together, he was one of my favorite colleagues. Anytime I walked by his desk, there was a smile and a wave. He was kind, friendly and always happy to answer the many questions I had. My thoughts go out to his family as they try to deal with this loss. I know that he is leaving a big hole in many hearts. My sincerest condolences to all.

Frank Mazzola

March 2, 2020

Paul was great mentor and friend. We worked together at HS. When we traveled to the West Coast together, we had plenty of great, memorable stories that I still tell to this day.
There were plenty of tough days at HS. Paul made those days bearable. The guys on our side of the office could always count on Paul to lend an ear and then, make us laugh and forget. When Paul took his leave at HS, it was hard to replace those daily chats. We were usually the first two people in the office and could just talk about everything and anything before the office would fill up. He was very proud of his nephew that works for CBS and would give me all the dirt on Romo and the broadcast. My office colleagues and I looked up to Paul as we saw how strong he was battling this disease. Paul is one of the good guys gone far too soon.
My sincerest condolences.

Mike Wilson

March 1, 2020

Paul and I started our careers together at U.S. Lines in 1980. It was the beginning of an exciting time for us both, where the world of container shipping was in growth mode, and opportunities were there for those ready to take them. We grew close, as did the entire "Hook" crew over those few beginning years. We were a part of something new, and exciting and we could see the world opening up before us. Over the years we each traveled to different parts of the country pursuing our careers, always keeping an eye out for each other and getting together when we could. Our U.S. Line years passed fast, but were followed by Crowley and then Columbus Lines and Hamburg Sud. Each time, Paul was there as a friend and a colleague, someone you could depend on both inside and outside the office. We shared the better part of forty years working together in the same companies, and it always gave me great solace to know he was there with me, him always watching my back, and me his. It saddens me deeply to know he's not with us in this place and time any more. But I also know, at the core of our relationship was our common faith. We shared some great discussions on the topic of God and eternity. His intellect was as sharp as a razor and never faded, especially in this regard; and his faith was as solid as the ground upon which he stood. This brings me peace, as I hope it does to Patti and his entire family, that he knew we would meet again; and until then, peaceful sailing my friend.

Rob Cannizzaro

February 29, 2020

Paul and I shared a diverse relationship over the course of the 20 plus years we worked together at Columbus Line / Hamburg Süd.

When I started in 1996, Paul was the chassis expert and resident special project genius for the boss. If there was something that had to be validated, Paul was the one to do it. He taught me a lot in those early years, both in the office as well as on double dates down the shore or on solo trips to see Black ‘47.

We worked together again when I joined him in Philadelphia. His team loved to work with him there and our customers and colleagues on the West Coast benefited from his years of experience. Here we saw, and did our best to help, Paul and Patti get through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I received too many calls from colleagues asking what the could do for Paul. I’ll never forget his story of the first hours and days afterwards when he shared that he spent 3 days in the same pair of sweatpants and they weren’t even his! Would be funnier if it weren’t true.

Paul was at his most “human” when he spoke about his family. Even after I left Philadelphia I would always look forward to updates about Mom and his brother Peter, stories about what he and Patti were up to or where Phil’s amazing kids were studying and working. It was amazing to see Paul’s tough exterior drop for a moment or two and you could see the love he had for his family. It makes me smile to think about it.

While we didn’t talk everyday anymore, there were many years when we did and I am saddened to know he is gone.

My sincere condolences to Patti and Paul’s entire family.

Billy Ford

February 29, 2020

I worked with Paul at Columbus/Hamburg Sud for a few decades, and I'm saddened and distressed to hear of his passing. Paul was quiet and reserved, but once you got to know him, he was a good guy who was a very dependable coworker. A man of few words, with a strong work ethic and a dry sense of humor. I can easily visualize Paul watching the chaos surrounding him, then smirking, shaking his head, and going back to making sure that we had sufficient equipment positioned properly to allow us to move cargo without difficulty. Always the adult in the room.

Rest in peace Paul, you will be remembered very, very fondly by those who knew you.

My thoughts are with Paul's family during this difficult time.

Billy Ford

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY