Former fire chief, mayor dies

December 8, 2012

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Paul Painter, a former mayor of Everman who served two stints as fire chief of the North Hood County Volunteer Fire Department, died at his home in Granbury Wednesday morning.

He was 78.

Painter, who recently had been serving as treasurer of the North Hood VFD and was still a firefighter and engineer as he had been for many years, learned only recently that he had leukemia, according to Hood County Fire Marshal Brian Fine.

“He’s really going to be greatly missed,” Fine said. “He was a very good man.”

Painter worked for several years at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Fine added.

Fine said that Painter was “the picture of a grandfather.”

“That’s what Paul looked like, and the way he talked,” Fine said. “There will be a big void in that department and in the county.”

Mike Bell, the North Hood County VFD fire chief, said Painter first served as chief in the 1990s, then again sometime in the 2000s.

A blood drive, which had been set up to help Painter, is still scheduled. It will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Granbury VFD Fire Station 1 on West Pearl Street in Paul’s honor, Fine noted.

“We had planned a blood drive in support of him,” Fine said. “It’s a great way to honor Paul.”

Fine said the blood donated will go into a blood bank for Hood County firefighters. Posters for the event are available. For more information call 817-579-1111.

See obituary, P. 15A.

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