Paul S. “Harvey Hammer” Ridgaway

  • Birth 13 Jun 1921
  • Death 10 Jun 2009
  • Burial New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Memorial ID 38362629


Paul S. Ridgaway

"Harvey Hammer"

Lifelong resident of Bellefonte went home to be with The Lord on Wednesday June 10, 2009 after a brief illness at the age of 87.

Paul was born in Wilmington the son of the late Allen and Mary Ridgaway. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses' on Veale Road, Wilmington. Paul was a Life Member of Brandywine Hundred Volunteer Fire Company #1 where his family has over 100 years of combined service. Paul was owner of Ridgaway's Towing Company on Philadelphia Pike for 48 years. Paul loved the Phillies. He was a "Phantastic Phan", and he enjoyed clamming and crabbing with his family and riding on The Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Paul's heart belonged to his family. He was a dedicated husband and father who put the needs of his family before his own.

Paul's beloved wife of 54 ½ years, Martha Ridgaway passed away in 1999. He will be sadly missed by his son, Allen Ridgaway of Wilmington; daughters, Martha A. Pedicone and her husband, John of Bellefonte and Robin K. Ridgaway and her husband, Joe Lisinski of Wilmington; grandchildren, John M. Pedicone, Jason P. Pedicone, Joshua T. Pedicone, Justin P. Pedicone, Jonathan Lisinski, Jessica Lisinski and January Ridgaway; great-grandchildren, Victoria Ryan, Daniel S.P. Ridgaway, Steven M. Ridgaway, Dominic A. Pedicone, Emmalie R. Pedicone, Caterina M. Pedicone and Jordan J.P. Velez; and brother-in-law, John Hawk. Paul will also be missed by his devoted friend and caregiver, Rico Velez, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and other family members. In addition to his wife Martha, Paul was predeceased by his son, Paul T. Ridgaway; grandson, Thomas P. Ridgaway; brother, Allen W. Ridgaway; sisters, Annabelle Ridgaway, Adelaide Toy and Mary Stone.

Paul's family would like to thank Odyssey Hospice and in particular Nurse Kelly, Aide Kathy, and Social Worker George Fox for the loving care provided to Paul and the family during his illness.

Family, friends and members of the fire service community are invited to Paul's funeral service on Thursday June 18 at 1 pm at BEESON FUNERAL HOME OF WILMINGTON, 412 Philadelphia Pike, (302)764-2900 where his viewing and visitation with his family will be from 11 am to 1 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In memory of Paul a donation may be made to Brandywine Hundred Volunteer Fire Company #1, 1006 Brandywine Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19809 or Delaware Humane Association, 701 "A" Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.


[published 06/15/2009]

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  • Created by: Richard Wright
  • Added: 15 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38362629
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Paul S. “Harvey Hammer” Ridgaway (13 Jun 1921–10 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38362629, citing Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Richard Wright (contributor 46831271) .