SUFFERN â€” Paul Jonathan Maidman, a Suffern native, died Friday after a car crash in Las Vegas. He was 28 years old.
According to Las Vegas press accounts, Maidman was driving his Buick when the car was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a drunken 29-year-old woman. The woman is facing felony charges in Maidman’s death.
Born in Good Samaritan Hospital, Maidman spent much of his childhood splitting his time between his mother’s home in Montvale, N.J., and his father’s Suffern residence, said his father, Mark Maidman.
After attending Suffern High School for a time, Paul Maidman, then 18, joined the U.S. Air Force, in which he would serve for eight years.
“He wasn’t overly patriotic,” said his step-mother, Rosemarie Savino Maidman. “He just wanted to make this world a better place.”
Before being honorably discharged, Paul Maidman received a number of military decorations, including a longevity award for serving overseas for more than three consecutive years, said Savino Maidman.
An animal lover, Paul Maidman was often known to go out of his way to care for strays.
Mark Maidman said that his son was once attacked by a stray dog that he had walked home and fed, and despite this, continued to volunteer for animal rescue work.
“There’s a picture of him after the attack and he’s bleeding,” said Mark Maidman, “but he has his thumbs up with a smile like he was saying, ‘I’m OK. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be okay,’ and that’s how he lived his life. He always did good, whatever he touched.”
A brother to six, Paul Maidman was a constant source of guidance for his siblings despite moving to Las Vegas, where he worked for the U.S. Department of Energy.
“He was a normal, everyday, loving kid and he loved his family as big as it is,” said his father. “He just knew the right thing to say.”
Paul Maidman was known for his computer knowledge and, at the time of the crash, was working toward a master’s degree by taking courses after work.
In keeping with his desire to do what is best for everyone, said Savino Maidman, his ultimate career goal was to become a congressman.
The Maidman family asks that those wishing to honor Paul Maidman make a donation in his memory to the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence Inc., 25 Smith St., Suite 101, Nanuet, or the Rockland County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Paul was loved by everybody. He touched many hearts,” said his father. “We’re hoping that people learn from this type of accident.”
Paul Maidman’s funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Scarr Funeral Home, 160 Orange Ave., Suffern. His burial will follow at the F.W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead.