Paul Sylvester Combs

Paul Sylvester Combs, 67 of Leonardtown, MD passed away on November 28, 2018 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He was born on March 28, 1951 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Frank Alexander and Dorothy Schott Combs.

Paul attended St. Mary’s Ryken H.S. and graduated in 1969 from Chopticon High School.  During high school he was athletic and was on the school swim team, tennis team and softball team.  He continued to enjoy all those activities into adulthood.  He was employed for Zahniser’s/Safe Harbor in Solomons, MD for over 34 dedicated years as a Master Diesel Mechanic. He was known up and down the east coast as the most skilled diesel mechanic.  When no one else was able to fix the boat, Paul would sit down and figure out a way, which often included making specialized tools.   He was an excellent Bass guitar player for several local bands for many years.  He loved spending time outside, taking walks, bird watching, swimming and going on vacation to Virginia Beach.  He was a steak grill master and made his own special house seasoning. He loved his John Deere tractor and prided himself on his meticulous manicured lawn. His vast knowledge of mechanical systems, sense of humor and unforgettable character is what we will remember most.

Paul is survived his daughter, Hillary Kathleen Combs of Leonardtown, MD; his siblings: Frank A. Combs, Jr. (Holly), Frances Lucille “Sissy” Thomas of Winter Springs, FL, John Douglas Combs (Susan) of Leonardtown, MD, Thomas Manning Combs (Jani) of Leonardtown, MD, and Michael Joseph Combs (Ann) of Leonardtown, MD ; his long-time companion, Carol Mae Hunt, Leonardtown, MD; and many extended family and friends.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Robert C. Combs.

Family will receive friends for Paul’s Life Celebration on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Funeral Service celebrated by Reverend David Beaubien at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD, the American Cancer Society, 636 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, and Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650

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Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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