Historic City News learned that early this morning (Tuesday) St Johns County District 3 Commissioner Paul Waldron passed away. Waldron’s health has been diminished since an extended battle with COVID-19 which left him hospitalized and bedridden just two years ago. Further medical complications followed leaving him with limited mobility and depending on a walker as he continued his duties and appearances at events around the county. In just a couple of weeks, on November 5th, he would have turned 54 years old.
Paul defeated former Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron to be elected to the commission in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Waldron’s father, Harry Waldron, 82, died on March 25th this year. Harry Waldron served on the county commission from 1978-1990 including three terms as chairman.
“Paul’s passing is a tremendous loss for our County,” said Chairman Henry Dean, District 5 Commissioner. “He was the type of person who was always willing to help. He was not only my colleague and fellow commissioner but also my friend. I will miss him.”
A lifelong resident of St Johns County, Waldron was a true champion for residents, always putting their needs first. He served honorably as the representative for the County’s southeastern region. As a small business owner, Waldron always brought a business approach to the organizations he served.
As commissioner, Waldron served on various committees, including the Northeast Florida Regional Council, the Recreation Advisory Board, and the Tourist Development Council. Commissioner Waldron is survived by his wife of 34 years, Stephanie, and their two daughters, Ashley and Kati.
“Paul was a great man who loved his family, served his community, and lived by faith. His legacy of public service will live on through the lives of everyone he inspired,” said Hunter Conrad, St Johns County Administrator. “This community will deeply miss him.”
Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint someone to finish the remainder of Waldron’s term which is set to expire in November 2024.
Paul Michael Waldron, 53, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Flagler Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of St. Augustine. Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Flagler College.
He was a true businessman, born into a family of 4 hard working boys that would live on to take over their parents’ legacy, running Harry’s Curb Mart, a forever landmark of our town.
He was a loving and committed husband, father, and friend to all. He worked hard for his family and community, following in his father’s footsteps as a St Johns County Commissioner.
He was a Past Master of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, Past President of the St Augustine Shrine Club, member of the Morocco Shrine, Kiwanis Club, and served on many boards throughout the community. He was known by many for coaching through youth soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; daughters, Ashley Zapata (Blake), and Kati Smith (Drew);
brothers, John (Shelley), and Keith (Rhonda); 5 grandchildren, Jade, Shae, Kyndall, Avery, and
Drew Jr; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is proceeded in death
by his brother, George; and parents, Gwendolyn and Harry Waldron.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 29th , at Turning Point Church. Visitation will be at
9:00 a.m., with service to follow at 10:00 a.m.
Graveside Masonic services will be held at Craig Memorial Park and the family invites you to share memories at a reception to follow at the St Augustine Shrine Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s name to the Shriner’s Children
Hospital or St. Augustine Youth Services.
Your work is done. Win with Waldron.