Rear Admiral Paul J. Early of Manhasset passed away on Oct. 24, 2008. He was born in Astoria in 1925 and graduated from Manhasset High School in 1943. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the class of 1948.

Admiral Early served in the United States Navy for 33 years and was a senior officer in the submarine service. A noteworthy point in his career was participating in the under ice exploratory probes with the USS Nautilus. In 1958, as the ship's chief engineer, the Nautilus completed the first Pacific to Atlantic passage via the North Pole. He retired from the Navy in 1976. Admiral Early joined the New York Power Authority in 1976 as assistant chief engineer. In over 11 years with the authority Admiral Early was responsible for the management of several large construction projects and became a Senior Vice President. The New York State Senate and the State Assembly both passed resolutions honoring him in 1988 upon his retirement.

Admiral Early is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Violet, son Brian, daughter Susan and husband Capt. Robert Decesari USN, grandson Robert and wife Sarah, great-grandchildren