Sonora, CA — There will be a procession from Twain Harte to Columbia Thursday, September 1st, for Retired Twain Harte Fire Captain Paul Waite Jr. who passed away Friday, August 26th at his residence in Columbia, he was 64. Waite’s son Karl Waite is a Captain at Calfire Station 51 in Mono Village.
Neal Gamez says, “For all of us who were lucky enough to know and work with Captain Waite, we all experienced his passion for the Fire Service and his steadfast desire to improve the profession through constant training. His work ethic, attention to detail and commitment to the younger firefighters of Tuolumne County is without comparison and one of the finest examples of professionalism in the Fire Service.”
All those who would like to pay their respects can do so along the procession route which will travel down Highway 108, to South Washington, Highway 49 and on Parrotts Ferry into Columbia. The procession is expected to enter Sonora around 10:20 – 10:30 AM. Flowers may be delivered on Wednesday to the Twain Harte Fire House, they will be arranged for display on Thursday.
The procession is expected to arrive at St. Anne’s Church in Columbia by 11 AM when an open to the public service will be held. Parking is limited, the church is not far from the Columbia State Historic Park Parking lot. At 1 PM a celebration of life will also be open to the public at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds.