One of the men who parachuted into France in the hours just ahead of the amphibious landing on D-Day has died.
Bill Paty passed away on August 12th.
The WWII veteran and Punahou graduate served as head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources during Governor John Waihee’s administration and spent decades being actively involved in the local community.
Paty is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
He was 97 years old.
Former Governor John Waihee issued this statement following the death of Bill Paty
“Bill was a very dear friend and one of the best members of my Cabinet (note: Paty was director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources when Waihee was Governor).
“I met him at the 1978 state Constitutional Convention – and at first, I opposed him being the President of the Con Con, but I eventually supported his election.”
“I actually offered to be his campaign manager if he ran for either Honolulu Mayor or Governor – but he declined to run for office. Eventually, Bill would actually work on my campaigns for Lieutenant Governor, and then, Governor.”
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued the following statement on the death of William Paty:
“William Paty was a member of the Greatest Generation and as an Army captain who parachuted into France on D-Day, he knew the horrors of war and fought tirelessly to represent the men and women of our Armed Forces. In fact, his escape from his German captors is the stuff of legend. However, Bill is best remembered as a Keiki O Ka ‘Āina who cherished the land and Hawai‘i’s people, and he received so much love in return. He also led the 1978 Constitutional Convention that changed the course of island politics, which included protections for native Hawaiian rights, making Hawaiian an official language of the state and protecting our environment. I send my heartfelt condolences to his ‘ohana and friends.”