• Visser Funeral Home
    Langley, WA
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Paul Ervin Schell 1937 - 2014

Paul Ervin Schell

This Guest Book has been kept online until 8/27/2015 by Visser Funeral Home.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I had the privilege of working with Paul at the Port of Seattle for many years. It was an even greater privilege to get to know Pam when I traveled with them and then-CEO Mic Dinsmore, on a Port trip through Asia in the Fall of 1994. Paul was like a kid in a candy store on that trip, as it was one of his first to that part of the world, and mine as well. You could literally watch him soaking up ideas as we met with host officials in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
At home in Seattle, Paul was a driving force in the transformation of Seattle's northern waterfront along Alaskan Way - from barricaded and decaying properties, sitting empty, useless and in receivership following the Savings & Loan debacle of the mid-1980's - to a vibrant community of condos, marina, hotel, world class conference center, and yes, Port Headquarters. Paul was a man of constant ideas, many not feasible or possible, but working with him was always interesting, challenging (in a good way) and at times, even exhilarating. I missed his mental agility and energy when he left the Port and the community will miss his spirit as he leaves us now.
Monday, August 25, 2014
The small seaside town of Langley on Whidbey Island is mourning the loss of Paul Schell. My husband Bob and I met Paul and Pam after we moved to Langley in 1975. The couple, married for 51 years, deeply loved each other and their hometown of Langley -- they were so looking forward to moving into their new home on the waterfront. My heart aches for Pam and daughter Jamie. Paul was a wonderful husband, father and friend to so many. His unexpected passing is a huge loss for us all. He left a wonderful legacy on so many fronts, and to that we are deeply grateful.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
My wife Teri and I built a home near Langley back in 2003 and then had to relocate to Arizona for work. Retiring last year, we began to spend half our year on Whidbey. I knew Paul back in the 70's when I worked on the Seattle City Council staff and followed him through his career. It was wonderful to reconnect with he and Pam on Whidbey where they have had such a profound influence in Langley and South Whidbey. As usual, Paul and Pam were gracious hosts, deeply and passionately involved in the city and the arts. While it is often overused, the term "Visionary" is appropriate for Paul. He was passionate about the evolution of Langley and South Whidbey and had a clear vision for the future. He was a kind and loving person who I am honored to have known. We were out of the country when he passed and were shocked by the news when we returned. Our heart goes out to Pam, Jamie, his family and all who knew him for this difficult loss. He simply can't be replaced. Duane Woods, Langley, WA
Sunday, August 10, 2014
When Paul would see us walking in his direction, he'd turn to Pam and say "there's the Canadians". We met Paul & Pam a number of years ago at the Inn at Langley breakfast walk about. He made a lasting impact on us; they both did. Vitality. Warmth. And a deep passion for Langley. We saw him quite recently, and were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his death. Our deepest condolences Pam. Alix & Bryan Reynolds
Thursday, August 07, 2014
I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Paul and Jim Youngren took a real flyer with me back in 1982 when they hired me as the Commercial Leasing Director for Cornerstone with very little in the way of experience in real estate. Paul was an extraordinary man and, although foreshortened, Paul lived a full, rich life. My sincere condolences to Pam and family.
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Low tide at The Inn at Langley. ©SueFrausePhoto Paul and Pam at the "Bard's Ball" (photo credit Debra Campbell Design)

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