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Fans Say Goodbye To Montgomery

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Fans in the Triangle said goodbye Saturday to longtime children's entertainer Paul Montgomery.

Montgomery, who hosted the "Uncle Paul" show on WRAL for 20 years, died on Christmas Eve at age 78. A memorial service celebrating his life was held Saturday. Family and friends said goodbye - and thanks - to a man perhaps better known than all of Raleigh's politicians put together.

The sorrow felt by those gathered at Our Savior Luthern Church was overshadowed by the great memories they all shared.

From 1961 to 1981, Uncle Paul was beloved by children who watched his WRAL show, marching along with him.

Nearly blind, he was also an accomplished musician on the piano or violin. But, his musical talents never muted his kindness and sense of humor.

Montgomery is survived by his wife, Camilla, and daughters Cathy and Judy.

Montgomery had been in declining health for a number of years.

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