IN MEMORY OF PAUL JOHN SONGER SR.
Paul John Songer Sr., a 70-year BAC member and World War II veteran, passed away on May 20, 2021 at the age of 92. A proud bricklayer and stone mason by trade, Brother Songer was a seminal figure in the union refractory industry throughout his career.
After serving four years in the Navy during World War II, brother Songer was honorably discharged. He joined then BAC Local 45 New York in 1950 as a journeyworker for Andco and International Chimney Corporation, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become a foreman, general foreman, project manager, and general superintendent.
Throughout his career, Brother Songer strived tirelessly for the best in the business and for the industry. He went on to found Furnco Construction Company, Serstel Corporation, and Songer Construction, as well as Songer Steel Services, where he served as CEO and Chairman until retirement.
He was a founding member and president of The Association of Union Contractors, member of International Masonry Institute, International Council of Employees, American Institute of Structural Engineers, American Iron and Steel Institute, and Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association.
“Paul’s commitment to the union refractory industry was unparalleled,” said President Tim Driscoll. “His reputation for delivering the highest quality work and his respect for the thousands of bricklayers employed by his various companies over the decades was unmatched. The industry is indebted to Paul.”
Brother Songer is survived by his wife Shelley Elizabeth, 11 children, 30 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.