Paul Frederick Marcy, 52, of Burlington, died Sept. 30, 2012, after a courageous six-month battle with a rare form of melanoma. His wife, Julia (Melninkas) Marcy, and sister, Katherine Anderson of Pownal, Maine, were at his side.

Mr. Marcy was born Jan. 8, 1960, in Jackson, Mich., the son of the late Russell and Shirley (Johnson) Marcy of Watertown.

He attended Kent School in Kent and The Gunnery in Washington, and graduated from Watertown High School in 1978. He then served in the U.S. Air Force and was trained in special forces.

He was also a continuing student at Tunxis Community College. In 1990, he married Julia Melninkas of Watertown.

He had an accomplished career in the auto industry and was most recently employed at J&M Automotive in Naugatuck.

After having lived most of his life in Watertown, in 2004 he and his wife moved to Burlington, where they created a serene life together spending many hours creating beautiful gardens surrounding their new home during the day and listening to classical music on their patio in the evenings.

He enjoyed nature, gardening and taking long walks with his wife and their dog, Chester.

Mr. Marcy was known for his strong spiritual belief, friendly personality, warm smile, quick wit and contagious laugh that charmed everyone he came in contact with.

He was a quick thinker, had a passion for learning, was a voracious reader and a talented golfer.

He treasured time with family and friends, had deep care of others and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his wife and sister, he is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Keely and Leif Anderson, Daniel, Chelsea and Amber Macary, Monica (Wilkas) Morgan, Jason and Justin Macezinskas and Paul, Joseph, David and Timothy Prout; many cousins and second cousins; great-nephews, a great-niece; and dear friends.

Services will be held today (Friday) at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 16 Church St., Waterbury.

Interment will be held at the convenience of his family.

The O'Neill Funeral Home in Oakville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005; to the St. John's Care Team Ministry, whose formation was inspired by Paul's spiritual desire to discover wholeness on this journey of life, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 851 Stafford Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.