Paul D. Spies, who co-owned and operated Goshen Home Improvement, a Potomac-based construction firm, died Dec. 16 at his home in Potomac. He was 49.

The cause was cancer, said his son Eric Spies.

From 1981 to 1991, Mr. Spies was a drummer for the Washington-area rock band AR-15. Toward the end of his music career, he began doing construction work and in 1995 incorporated as Goshen Home Improvement. He and his wife ran the company, which specializes in home construction and renovation.

Paul Dean Spies was born in Washington and raised in North Bethesda. He was a 1982 graduate of the old Charles W. Woodward High School in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Susan Williams Spies of Potomac; four children, Lauren K. Spies of Washington and Eric D. Spies, John P. Spies and Thomas W. Spies, all of Potomac; his parents, Evelyn and William Spies of Potomac; a sister, Jean Anderson of Asheville, N.C.; and a brother, W. Alexander Spies of Bethesda.

— Adam Bernstein