Death of Paul Caldwell Loss for Ohio Lacrosse

Paul Caldwell 1939-2018

  Paul  Caldwell, 79, of Columbus, passed away on September 20, 2018. He was  born on May 28, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Cyril J. and Laura (Irwin)  Caldwell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his  nephew, James Caldwell, Jr.

Paul graduated from Western Reserve  University with a degree in education, where he was a member of Beta  Theta Pi Fraternity. He served in the Ohio National Guard from  1957-1963. After college, he dedicated a great part of his life to  coaching, officiating, and growing the sport of lacrosse in central  Ohio. In the mid-1960's, he joined Woody Hayes's staff at Ohio State as  his first academic counselor, later becoming the freshman lacrosse coach  and varsity assistant coach. He went on to become the head coach of the  Columbus Lacrosse Club for seven years and the Dublin Coffman High  School boys' team before being hired as the head coach of the men's  lacrosse team at Ohio State in the mid 90's. He was the coach of the  Dublin Coffman High School girl's lacrosse team for 12 seasons and  coached and directed Northstar Lacrosse Club until retiring several  years ago. As an official, he began his career in 1964 and served as the  district supervisor of officials for the USILA in the Midwest from  1978-1993. After he retired from on-field officiating, he continued to  contribute by evaluating active officials. For his years of dedication  to the sport, he was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame's  Charter Class in 1994. Paul also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending  time with family and lifelong friends.

As a loving father and  enthusiastic grandfather, Paul will be greatly missed by his brothers,  James (Barbara) and C. Richard Caldwell; his son Michael; daughter Julie  Hunter (Jason), granddaughters Kate and Erin; nieces Beth Rozek  (Jimmy), Amy Fowles (Brian), and Jen Caldwell, Molly Turner (Doug); and  nephew Will Caldwell. His legacy will live on through the countless  lives he touched as a coach, mentor, and friend.

A Memorial  Service celebrating Paul's life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,  September 27, 2018, at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 North  High Street. The family will receive friends that day from 3:00 p.m.  until the time of the service. The family will be recording memories of  Paul, so please come prepared with an anecdote or memory to share if you  wish.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse,

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Ferris “Tommy” Thomsen Jr. Coach Dennison University

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