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Paul Sussex (1947-2008) - In Loving Remembrance

Staten Island Advance - STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Lifelong Staten Islander Paul Sussex of Port Richmond, a retired UPS and FedEx manager and supervisor and a member of the vocal group The Expressions, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at home. He was 60.

Born in West Brighton, Mr. Sussex moved to Port Richmond in 1978.

A graduate of Port Richmond High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the former Staten Island Community College in 1974.

Mr. Sussex was a machinist's mate on the Navy ship USS Little Rock during the Vietnam War. He served for more than three years, from 1965 to 1968, and was discharged holding the rank of petty officer second class.

He worked for both United Parcel Service and Federal Express on Staten Island and in Manhattan for a combined 27 years and held the positions of manager and supervisor. He retired in 2004, but was currently working as a peace officer at the College of Staten Island in Willowbrook.

Mr. Sussex enjoyed singing and was lead singer of the doo-wop group The Expressions -- performing at different functions on the Island, including Borough Hall's Back to the Beach celebrations in July and August. One of his favorite performances included an appearance with Little Anthony and the Imperials at the St. George Theatre in 2007.

Mr. Sussex also enjoyed traveling extensively and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

"My father always put his family above all things," said his son, Paul Sussex, adding that he loved performing magic tricks for his grandchildren and singing for friends and family. "He wasn't a man who valued money or material things. He just valued his friends and family and always made us smile with his beautiful voice."

Mr. Sussex was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton.

Along with his son, Paul, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Rosemarie Viola; another son, Matthew; his daughter, Stefanie Murray, and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday from the Matthew Funeral Home, Willowbrook, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Castleton Corners.



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The birth of the original “Expressions” began in 1960. Years later, Jimmy Fallucca decided to restore the group and along with his grade school friend Steve Mancino, the second chapter of "The Expressions" was born. Later, Pat Gelardi and Jeff O’Connor joined the group along with Paul Sussex, the newest member.

 

The Expressions love to sing the songs of the 50’s era, bringing back the classic memories of 10-cent cokes, poodle shirts, ’57 Chevy’s and PFC sneakers. The original Expressions sang at school dances, parties, and mixers. Today, The Expressions still sing and entertain at all sorts of events, they also lend their musical talents to many non-for-profit functions. Each summer The Expression contribute to a benefit sponsored by the New York Police Department, a Night Out for Children, Rainbow’s Hope.  At the Staten Island campus of Saint John’s University, The Expressions gave their own rendition of America the Beautiful during the September 11th Memorial Services.

Staten Island Borough President, James P. Molinaro’s "Back to the Beach" music series found The Expressions singing sounds of the ocean waves on a starlight night to generations of Staten Islanders at Midland Beach. The Expressions sang at the "Don K. Reed Meadowlands Doo Wop Show"and recently appeared with "Little Anthony and the Imperials" at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island.  Along with radio appearances on WSIA (88.9 FM) The group has also appeared on Staten Island cable shows such as the "Ed Salek’s Island Hop" and "Vito Picone’s Let the Good Times Roll".  The Expressions continue to entertain at many restaurants, clubs and parties throughout the Tri-State area.  At Susan Wagner High School for a benefit supporting Staten Island Supports Our Soldiers (SISOS), The Expressions headlined with Rock N Roll history as the opening act alongside The Elegants ("Little Star”), The Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), The Passions (“I Only Want You”), The Harptones (“Sunday Kind of Love”), two-time Grammy Award winner, Sammy Sax and with Rock N Roll hall-of-famer Shirley Austin Reeves, the original lead singer of the Shirells with “Tonight You’re Mine” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” This show was produced by Friend Entertainment and proceeds benefited the country’s active military and veterans.

The Expressions will be releasing their second CD, The Expressions - Volume II: A cappella Tunes, under "The Collectible" label.  Please sign our guest list and thank you for visiting our site. 


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