STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Family and friends of Paul Kuhn have confirmed Cooperstown’s Santa Claus for decades died Wednesday, June 2, with his wife Mary Margaret by his side.
Kuhn, 83, had been suffering from heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis this spring.
According to a Community Graduate Program biography of Kuhn, he “was born in Glen Cove, New York in 1938. He grew up in a modest Catholic home during World War II with his older brother and parents. He received his first introduction to Cooperstown in 1945, after his family rented out their home and spent the majority of their time at a summer camp in Cooperstown, where his father worked. This camp became an integral part of his family’s life, and Kuhn served as a counselor there until he graduated from college. After graduating from Villanova University in Philadelphia, Kuhn served in the military, then returned to work at an insurance company for several years in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Mary Margret Kuhn. Once they retired, Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn moved to Cooperstown where they became important members of the community. Mr. Kuhn worked at The Farmers’ Museum as an interpreter in Bump Tavern for 17 years and as Santa Claus for 16 years.”
Kuhn’s full obituary will be posted later and will appear in next week’s edition of The Freeman’s Journal.