William Dunning Paton, 87

February 25, 2017

William Dunning Paton passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was 87 years old. He was born in 1929 in Meriden, Connecticut. He grew up on an apple orchard with his parents and siblings.

Bill was a very good-natured and compassionate man. He was happiest when he was with his wife, four children and grandchildren. He often told stories to them about being a prosecutor and life in the Air Force. For years he was an avid jogger, loved flying small aircraft and studied health.

Bill was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Maryland, a Prosecutor and Public Defender for Montgomery County, Maryland, and Corporate Secretary for People’s Drugstores (now CVS). He served as Senior Litigation Attorney for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission for sixteen years.

At the same time as he pursued an ambitious legal career, Bill wrote and published legal manuals. In 1977 he and his sister Virginia Thomas formed Hanford Publishing Company. For forty years Hanford published summaries of criminal and family law court decisions in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and other states.

Bill’s love of flying began early. At age 10, he was the youngest official airplane spotter on the East Coast during World War II. He often spoke fondly of Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School. After serving for four years in the Air Force as a Captain, he earned a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law.

Bill is survived by his caring wife Carol, his children and their spouses, his nieces and nephews and 10 grandchildren, who were all very dear to him.

Friends will be received at 10 am, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Visitation will be from 10 am to 11 am, with a memorial service from 11 am to noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Bill with donations to:
Off The Streets, a non-profit which helps the homeless of Lancaster, PA.
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Condolences to the Family

March 11, 2017

Carol, We are sad to hear of Bill’s passing. We hope your fond memories together will help you and your family handle the sadness.
Richard and Linda Matheny 

March 03, 2017

So very sad to hear this news Carol. Thinking of you and your family.  Lots of love and hugs to you all. 
Allan and Andrea Johns

March 02, 2017

carol – Each time we use our flash lights, we think of the sweet man who have them to us.  We will miss him.  – Kathi and Kurt

March 01, 2017

It was a pleasure knowing Bill and I will miss him.  He was so taken with my Miata, as you know.  He seemed to try so hard to keep going and he was successful at it.  Always  a smile and a joke.
Jim Miller

Saturday, March 11, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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