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Paul Switzer

Paul B. Switzer

Monday, February 27th, 1950 - Saturday, September 5th, 2020
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If I could reach up and grab a star for every time you made me smile, the entire evening sky would fit in the palm of my hand.

Paul B. Switzer, 70, of Jeffersonville, VT passed away early Saturday morning, September 5, 2020, at his home with wife, Marsha, by his side.

Fondly known as “Switz”, he was passionate about his family, friends, reading, jazz and classical music, skiing, telling a good joke, and life.

Born to Verne and Barbara Molaghan Switzer on February 27, 1950 in Brattleboro, VT., Switz was the second eldest of five children. He graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1968 and attended the University of Vermont and Windham College. He earned his electrician’s license while working for Diamond Electric.

Switz was a lifelong skier having mastered the slopes of Hogback Mountain in southern Vermont as a youngster. He became a professional ski instructor and taught at Haystack, Mount Snow and for most of his career at Smuggler’s Notch in Jeffersonville. He was awarded his 40-year ski instructor pin and certificate from Professional Ski Instructors of America.

In 1988, Switz walked into The Brewski after a day on the slopes at Smugs and met the love of his life, Marsha McGuire. A few years later, he proposed not once but twice and the two were married on a hilltop overlooking Spofford Lake in New Hampshire on May 2, 1992. Their life together was filled with love, laughter, skiing, music and Sunday football games cheering on the Patriots and Giants.

Switz had a large network of friends on and off the slope. He merely had to step out his front door and someone would soon stop and offer to give him a ride to the mountain. He had a quick wit, was a master at Jeopardy, and could tell a story like no other. Reader’s Digest should have devoted space in every issue for his jokes. Whether he was singing “Boardwalk” at family gatherings or sharing apres ski cocktails with friends at The Brewski, Switz brought love and laughter everywhere he went.

Besides his wife, Switz is survived by his sister Leslie Switzer and her husband Tom Mitchell, sister JoEllen Switzer and Steve Wilcox, brother Jay Switzer, sister-in-law Sandi Switzer, and with great pride nieces Hilary Seifer, Shannon Switzer, Kristen Switzer, Linsey Wright and grandniece Ava Lunge.

A celebration of life will be scheduled soon in Jeffersonville so family and friends can share stories and laughter in honor of Switz. Please visit to share your memoires and condolences.
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Jim & Denise Ritchie

Posted at 11:39am
Jimmy and I are so sorry to hear about Switz. We are hugging you right now, Marsha and thinking fond memories of lots of shenanigans and fun times. Rest in peace, Switz, and know you are loved.

Judy McCawley

Posted at 02:26pm
With grand memories and tears in my eyes, I will miss this man. There will never be another " Switz ". Singing "Landslide" with you on the Smuggs chairlift for one of the many, many torchlight parades is embedded in my heart. Love to you, Marsha. I will stop by soon when I can pull it together to talk! Judy

Bubba Pasha

Posted at 03:43pm
So very sorry to hear about Paul. I will always remember him as a fun loving, kind soul, and very friendly. We were classmates in 1966-68. My deepest condolences to the Family.

Sandy Leclair

Posted at 05:09pm
So sorry to hear of Switz's passing. He surely will be missed. Switz was one of the first to coach and guide when I first became an instructor. He was a great fellow and friend. He has contributed many, many memories for me.

Judy Stockwell

Posted at 11:20am
With fond memories of Paul and his kindness and sense of humor. Your family is in my thoughts at this difficult time.
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