KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 12/4/19 @ 3 p.m.
In the wake of funeral services Wednesday for the late Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., Chief Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit sat down with WSAZ to talk about memories of her late colleague and friend.
Tabit, a longtime family friend of Zakaib's, described him as kind with a great sense of humor.
"A man with a sense of humor, just fun to be with always joking, but always kind," Tabit said. "I think that you saw that when he was on the bench, as well, because he always applied the rule of law, but he did it tempered with compassion and mercy. And I think that’s important."
Tabit went on to say that her greatest honor in life was succeeding Zakaib in 2014.
Judge Zakaib, who began his career on the bench in 1986, served four terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates, as well as being a public servant, army veteran, lawyer, and jurist.
UPDATE 12/3/19 @ 1:45 p.m.
The funeral service for a former Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge has been announced.
According to a release from the Kanawha County Commission, the funeral services for Paul Zakaib Jr. will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Charleston.
The funeral procession will travel along Court Street around 1 p.m.
“Judge Zakaib was an honorable man, a consummate jurist and a dedicated public servant. The public and employees of the Judicial System and Courthouse will be able to honor him and his family by standing outside the Judicial Building and Courthouse during the Funeral Procession tomorrow afternoon. I feel that this is an appropriate display of our respect for his outstanding career and service,” said Chief Judge Joanna Tabit in a release.
ORIGINAL STORY 11/27/19
A former Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge has passed away.
According to a release from the Kanawha County Commission, former Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Paul Zakaib, Jr. passed away.
Zakaib, Jr. was appointed to the bench in 1986 and served as Circuit Court Judge until retiring in August 2014. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit took Zakaib's place.
The Kanawha County Commission has ordered all state flags to be lowered on county grounds.
Commission President Kent Carper said, "Judge Zakaib was a role model as a judge - both fair and decisive. I had the privilege of serving on his first election committee, appearing before him in court, and later working with him for a number of years in my role as a County Commissioner...Among his many, many accomplishments was a complete overhaul of the County's mental hygiene office. Judge Zakaib had a particular interest in a group of people who have few true advocates and are too often marginalized; his leadership improved the legal system for them."
"Before he was a Judge, I knew Paul Zakaib as a true and great friend...We send our thoughts and prayers to his family during this time of grieving," said Commissioner Hoppy Shores.
Judge Zakaib served four terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates, as well as being a public servant, army veteran, lawyer, and jurist.