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Paul W. Fornes

Paul W. Fornes, 85, of Springville, passed away July 24, 2018 at his home. He was born in Buffalo on May 29, 1933 to the late Edward J. and Ethel (nee Sammon) Fornes. He married Patricia Nielsen on June 12, 1954.


Paul was raised in Hamburg, graduated from Hamburg High School in 1951 and attended St. Bonaventure University for two years. He was an insurance agent for 35 years, owning the Fornes Agency in Springville, which is a part of Nationwide Insurance. He also owned Holland Hills Country Club for more than 25 years. He was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and St. John the Baptist Church in Boston. Paul was a lifetime member of the Springville Kiwanis Club.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by two sons, Paul W. Fornes Jr. and Terry M. Fornes; a grandson Christopher Fornes and siblings Buddy Fornes, Mary Louise Fiedler and EJ Fornes.

Paul is survived by his wife; children Kevin (Heidi) Fornes of Springville, Kim Fornes of Williamsville, Mark (Jeanne) Fornes of Springville, Mary Lee Fornes of Springville and Kelly (Rob) Milbrand of Springville; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Aloysius Church. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14227.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Online condolences may be made at


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