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    ‘Voice of Loudoun’ falls silent

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    Popular former Loudoun radio personality Paul Draisey dies at 55

    For a generation, Paul Draisey, 55, of Middleburg, served as an announcer on radio personality for WAGE radio. He died Monday, April 16, leaving the radio waves feeling a little more empty.

    Draisey made his first appearance in radio at age 10 at the urging of his half-brother Bill Torrey. He began by reading weather reports at WAGE, Loudoun’s former radio station.

    The fledgling reporter was only 18 years-old in 1974 when he arrived first on the scene at the TWA flight 514 crash at Mount Weather. Ninety-two people were killed when the plane that was headed to Washington International Airport hit the Blue Ridge Mountains. It remains the worst aviation accident in Virginia’s history and Draisey worked to file reports back to the radio station from a nearby home’s kitchen table.

    A graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, Draisey continued with the station, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from lost and found items to high school sports scores during his long tenure with the station.

    Perhaps most memorable was his work on the afternoon shift with “The Drive Home with Paul Draisey,” where his voice became instantly recognizable amongst Loudouners.

    Draisey left WAGE in 2007 as the station began downsizing before its closure in 2009. Since that time, he worked in insurance, public relations and devoted himself to volunteer work.

    Draisey died at Fairfax Hospital on April 16 of a gunshot wound. An investigation into the incident is ongoing according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Liz Mills, but foul play is not suspected.

    He is survived by wife Donna and three children, Brad Draisey, Kyle Draisey and Kristen Stennett.

    Visitation is planned for Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg. Interment is planned for the following day at Middleburg Memorial Cemetary at 1 p.m.

    Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis released the following statement upon hearing of Draisey’s passing, “I am so very sad to hear of the passing of Paul. He was a true friend to me, the town and our community. He will be missed so very much by all of us. Our love and prayers go out to Donna and all of her family.”

    Dave Scarangella, another former WAGE employee and close friend of Draisey shared the following thoughts on the Loudoun institution, highlighting his service to the community.

    “Paul was the Voice of Loudoun County. He started at WAGE when he was only 14 and spent the next 40 years talking to several generations of people in Loudoun County. When he and I used to broadcast football and basketball on Comcast, I used to needle him that he was like a rock star, because everywhere we’d go in Loudoun, he seemed to know everyone.
     
    “He was a man who cared about Loudoun County and freely devoted his time to a lot of causes, from the USO to the Middleburg Fire Department. He emceed well over a hundred charity events in his lifetime, freely mentored any person who needed help, and seemed to remember ever athlete, coach, politician and businessman he ever met. He was a special person and a great friend.”
     
    “They say that the measure of a man’s success in life is how many friends he makes along the way. In that regard, Paul was the most successful man I ever knew. He will be missed.”

    Comments

    Thanks for all the wonderful years you gave Loudoun, Rest in peace.  We all will watch over the family.


    Again. “Draisey died at Fairfax Hospital on April 16 of a gunshot wound.”

    Some insight by the reporter would be welcome.  Was it an accident, or did he shoot himself?


    Mr d was the man I’m still in shock as a middleburg kid ive known him since I was in elemantary school Kristen ,brad ,Kyle I don’t know what to say


    Why does the LTM make so many mistakes:

    ‘Ninety-two people were killed when the plane that was headed to Washington International Airport hit the Blue Ridge Mountains.’

    The name of the airport was and still is Washington Dulles International Airport.


    I interviewed Paul a couple of times when I was the Times-Mirror’s business editor, and he was always enjoyable to talk to, very funny and kind. He had a great smile, loved to laugh and never seemed to run out of enjoyable stories. And he had such a distinctive radio voice.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family as well.


    Paul helped with the marketing for Blackburn & Co. when I was at Radio & Records in the ‘80’s.  Always a joy to work with.  I can still hear his voice to this day.  RIP, Paul.


    Our deepest & sincerest sympathy to Paul’s entire family and to his many, many, many friends. Once you met Paul you were an immediate friend, he was on the nicest, kindest, one of the most friendly & always giving person.  It was a blessing to know Paul. He truly was Mr. Loudoun, & Loudoun will not be the same without him.  May God’s love comfort his family and everyone that knew him.  Rest in peace Paul Draisey.  With Love, Judy & Jimmy Carroll


    I’ve known Paul Draisey for 37 years. An absolute true gentleman. A man who cared dearly about his family and about the well being of the residents in Loudoun County and the county itself!!. I have so many wonderful memories of Paul…his laugh and smile…i could probably could write a book!! I’ll never forget the first time Paul interviewed me live on WAGE in studio one Monday morning years back…...here i have this huge microphone in front of me…I froze up!! Paul put his hand on my shoulder and whispered…..“breathe” and gave me that huge smile of his and off we went with the interview!! Paul my friend…YOU will be and ARE missed by many. Rest well my friend in Peace. To the Draisey family…i’m so very sorry for your loss.  Paul spoke about you all so very often!!  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    I first met Paul 37 years ago when I was hired as the first female dispatcher for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue believe me when I say I didn’t have a clue of what a dispatcher’s duties were it was quite an eye opener but often times Paul would call and offer me words of encouragement and I will never forget that. Everytime I saw Paul he often spoke of his family and how proud he was of them.  I will miss you Paul and my heartfelt prayers go out to the family.


    Sometimes a death hits you really hard, and sometimes it is like slamming into a brick wall. Paul’s death was hitting the brick wall and leaving you reeling. Paul was a real local “born & breed” Virginian, just like his family. His tragic death will always leave a void in our area, but we are lucky to have known him. Deepest sympathy to all his family


    Paul’s infectious, smile, warm personality and his famous saying “why make an enemy today, when you can make a friend for life” will have an everlasting impact on the Washington Dulles USO volunteers who had the pleasure of serving with him.  We thank him for his service and support to our military service-members and their families.  He was indeed a ‘ray of sunshine”... and so were his Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  He will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.


    A Loudoun legend is gone. RIP Mr. Draisey.


    In many ways Paul was “Mr. Loudoun”.  He had friends from Neersville to Arcola.  It seemed he knew everyone in the County.  His rich baritone voice was unmistakable.  He was devoted to his wife, Donna, and his children, Kristen, Brad, and Kyle.  There will never be another quite like Paul Draisey.


    In my time living, teaching, and coaching in Loudoun County, Paul’s investment in and genuine passion for the young people of our community was inspiring.  He always had a kind and encouraging word.  Whether he was covering our game or another in LC, I enjoyed how Paul and Dave positively spoke about our student-athletes.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  He was a great man and I’m saddened by his passing.


    Paul you will definitely be missed.  You were a sweetheart and I enjoyed working with you and knowing you. I hope you find peace now.  My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.


    The Voice of Loudoun County; Mentor; Role Model; Co-Worker; Citizen; But most of all… Friend. Rest In Peace, Paul.


    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family
    and friends.  He was a true servant to others and to his beloved Loudoun County.


    Paul was a genuine friend and will be sadly missed.  Paul took me under his wing when I was a teenager delivering the Washington Star paper.  He provided me with a FCC license so I could assist him and WAGE Radio during inclement weather.  He supported and assisted me as a junior member with Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company.  Every time I ran into Paul over the years, he was always full of life and smiling.  My prayers go out to the family.


    Paul Draisey was a man who quietly championed others and graced those who knew him with his humor and grace. I feel very grateful to Paul and blessed to have known him… I send prayers and blessings to his family. May peace be with you, dear Paul…


    The America’s 911 Foundation sends its sympathy and condolences to the family.
    Paul will be missed
    www.americas911foundation.org


    A wonderful man who will be missed


    WAGE was my first job in radio, and my last.  Paul hired me, and we worked together for years.  He was so full of life, and great to work with.  I went to several other stations, Paul left as well.  Had a request to return to WAGE and help turn things around—so I contacted Paul.  He returned, too.  He hired me—I hired him!  Will miss him.  My sympathy to family and friends.


    I am so sad to hear this news.  I will miss his contagious smile, his uplifting laugh, and his tremendous heart.  My life is much better for having had Paul in it.  He helped me so much in my professional life and he was a friend also.  My heart is aching tonight.


    For those wishing to attend the funeral services, here is a link to the times, maps and details:  www.scarangella.com/draiseyfuneral


    My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul’s friends and family during this difficult time.  Paul we will miss you.

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