Family was the center of Paul Circo's world.
He put family first in his marriage of 63 years, in “his amazing partnership with his brother” and as a “devoted grandfather,” his daughter said.
Longtime Omaha businessman Paul J. Circo Sr. died Saturday at Hospice House, said daughter Michelle Anne Morrison of Omaha. He was 88 and died after a brief illness, she said.
After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, Paul Circo joined Precision Bearing Co., founded by Sebastian Circo, Paul's older brother.
The younger Circo retired as vice president before the company was renamed Precision Industries. The company remains family owned.
“Dad had an amazing partnership with his brother,” Morrison said. “It started when they were young.”
Paul Circo's classroom education ended after graduation as valedictorian of Omaha South High's Class of 1939, she said.
“He was never formally educated, but he valued education,” Morrison said. “He was an avid reader and such a self-taught man.”
Circo also loved volunteer work, she said, and served on numerous philanthropic organizations and boards. She listed the following:
Founding member of the Archbishop's Committee for Educational Development, served on the Archbishop's Committee for Development, member of the ACD Quarter Century Club for 25 years of active membership, Duchesne Academy Advisory Council chairman, president of Creighton University Jay Backers, University of Nebraska Touchdown Club, Omaha Catholic Charities board, active volunteer for United Way of the Midlands, founding member of Christ the King Catholic Church parish, member of Serra Club of Omaha, past president of Happy Hollow Club, Order of Sons of Italy Outstanding Italian-American in 1977, and active fundraiser of Omaha Archdiocese Catholic Priests Retirement Fund.
He also was a longtime sports enthusiast.
He was nearly a scratch golfer, belonged to Happy Hollow Club for 60 years and was a winter member of Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes, Calif., for about 25 years, Morrison said. He also was a thoroughbred horse owner and enjoyed both bowling and fishing, she said.
Other survivors include his wife, Lucille R. Circo of Omaha; son Paul J. Circo Jr. of Omaha; daughter Nanette Marie Circo of San Diego; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St.
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