CANTON – Paul Frederick Galusha, 86, of Jay, died Sunday, April 23, at the Victorian Villa, where he had been residing since July 2005.

He was born, May 26, 1919, in Richmond, a son of Fred and Etta (Albee) Galusha. He was raised in South Lancaster, Mass. and North Jay. He graduated from Jay High School in 1939.

On June 9, 1940, he married Alberta L. Smith in Portland. They lived in Jay, where he owned and operated a garage, where he sold used cars and travel trailers.

In 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Brigham City, Utah, where he made braces for injured soldiers.

He returned to Jay after two years of service to continue running his garage. He also served as a deputy sheriff in Franklin County and conducted training classes for many years. He was later appointed the first Jay Police Chief and held that position for many years.

He was a member of the Jay Seventh-Day Adventist Church, serving as lay leader for many years and was also instrumental in rebuilding the old former Jay High School into the current Adventist Church. He supervised the lowering of the roof 54 inches.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alberta of Jay; a sister, Doris Durost of Worcester, Mass.; a cousin, Avis Grant of Farmington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Joseph Galusha.