Erich Pautler, age 51, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Born in Wilmington to the late, Bernard and Gwen Pautler, Erich graduated from Brandywine High School. Erich was a handyman, and known by his friends and family as a kind person who would go out of his way for anyone. Erich loved animals and would take in any stray that crossed his path.

He is survived by his sibling, Bernard Pautler, II (Katherine) of Newark, Henry C. Pautler of Wilmington, Melanie M. Stevenson (Richard) of Wilmington, Lisa Bell (Steve) of Wilmington, and Sybil O’Connor (Phillip) Wilmington, and many nieces and nephews, other extended family and friends.

All services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Erich’s memory to Delaware Humane Society 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.