Paul Joseph Honorowski, a well-known carver of waterfowl and decoys, died at his Windmill Village apartment in East Hampton on Friday night. He was chronically ill, and had been under medical supervision for some time. He was 59.
Born on Aug. 14, 1954, in Southampton, to Stanley John Honorowski, a sculptor, and the former Genevieve Victoria Lapatowicz, he grew up in East Hampton and graduated from East Hampton High School. He was said to have loved surfing in his youth.
Mr. Honorowski worked for the East Hampton Highway Department, but was better known for his artistry in carving. His work won Best in Show in 1989 at the United States National Decoy Show, and first place that same year in the Decorative Floating category at the Long Island Regional Decoy Show.
“He was super-talented,” said his sister, Ann Liberty of Charleston, S.C. Beginning as an amateur with working decoys, he was very soon required to move into the professional division, she said.
His work was displayed in many East End galleries, including, in East Hampton, Bologna Landi, North Star, and Marc Miller.
Mr. Honorowski also crafted model sailing yachts, working on a scale of 1 to 20.
“He loved nature, and he loved the ocean,” his sister said. “He was always at the beach, digging clams, crabs. He loved sailing, and he loved fishing.”
He was married to the former Carol Elms McGuirk. Though they eventually divorced, Ms. Liberty said, they remained good friends.
Besides his sister, Mr. Honorowski leaves a brother, Stanley Anthony Honorowski of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was buried in the family plot at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in East Hampton, where a graveside service was held.
The family has suggested donations in his name to East End Hospice, P.O. 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.