Paul K. Moffat – Shelburne

Paul K. Moffat, 86, of Shelburne, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2015. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Professor George Moffat and Agnes (Hall) Moffat. Paul was a graduate of the Ohio State University in Industrial Engineering. In 1951, he and his wife, Sybil, moved to Attleboro, Mass., when he joined Metals and Controls Corporation, now Texas Instruments, where he worked for 40 years. A highlight of his career was the management of the conversion of United States coinage from silver to copper nickel clad coins. He retired in 1990 as Group Vice President after he and Sybil ventured to Seoul, Korea, where he implemented a manufacturing facility for Texas Instruments. Paul participated in numerous professional organizations and became chairman of several. His most recent position was President of the National Association of Purchasing Management where he was honored with the J. Shipman Gold Medal. An avid hiker, Paul hiked all 48 of the “4,000 Footer’s” in New Hampshire! He served as Appalachian Mountain Club Trails chairman for eight years, and chairman for the Lake Willoughby Trails for 25 years. He was also on the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council for eight years and the recipient of two Council awards. For the last 50 years, he loved summer vacations at the family camp on Lake Willoughby in Westmore. In addition to hiking, he loved trout fishing, and especially working in his garage-converted, blacksmith shop. And, he jumped at the chance to demonstrate the art and science of blacksmithing at the Moffat Forge at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, where he was also a board member. In retirement, while enjoying the community at Wake Robin he was often seen in the woodshop and working in the sugar bush. He also volunteered down the road, refurbishing the Ticonderoga steamship at the Shelburne Museum. Paul is survived by his wife, Sybil, of 65 years; three children, Susan and her husband, Chuck Hill, Bruce and his wife, Pamela, and Guy and his wife, Jennifer; seven grandchildren, Kate, Megan, Emily, Mackenzie, Tucker, Laurel, and Dana; and four great-grand-children, Aston, Stellyn, Sybil, and Nolan. A family gathering celebrating Paul’s life will be held this summer at Willoughby Lake in honor of Paul’s wishes. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT 05860.