Sometime around 1987, Paul and I worked at an environmental engineering company in Ann Arbor. We went to a manufacturing plant in Defiance, OH to take temperature readings from a cooling water lagoon system. It was incredibly hot and humid, and we had to cut through thick brush, swarming with mosquitoes to get to the sampling locations. It was an absolutely terrible job, but one of the best work experiences I ever had, because I worked with Paul. We talked and laughed about that job the whole time we worked together. Paul is a great guy, and someone I'll always be thankful for that I got to know and work with.
Jane and family,
So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I did have the pleasure of knowing Paul as a teammate on one of his AA volleyball teams and even more importantly, as a friend! I did get to play on team with him! (softball, too) Until I read the dedication to Paul and the entries in this guest book I had forgotten about his famous "cheese shots" that left opposing blockers standing beside their own gym clothes! I also loved his biking stories about his cross country trip with his brother. Paul was truly a great team member and a great person. My condolences.
I was so sad to hear of Paul's passing. I enjoyed getting to know him for the short time in therapy. He had a great energy about him and it seemed to radiate into his sessions. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Cari and I and better people for having known Paul, as he enriched us with his personality, spirit and kindness. You shall always be loved, honored and remembered.
Oh gosh...this sent me right back to 7th grade at Scarlett...he would have been my first boyfriend had either one of us known what to do with those jumbled scary juvenile feelings. Many, many years later he ran into my dad who was with my daughter who recognized his name from my stories of the "olden days". It sounds as though he was a good man, he will be missed and remembered.
I'm so sorry for your lose. Paul was such a great guy to work with so many years ago. It was always a pleasure to see him around town. What a void he will leave in so many of us. A tribute to who he was.
Bruce and Renee, sorry for your lost. My prayers and thoughts go out to you during your time of sorrow.
Dear Jane and Family,
We are sorry for your loss.
I will always remember Paul for his great smile and pleasing personality. Even when we were in rehab he was very upbeat and had that pleasant smile.
He was a good neighbor and will always be remembered by me and my family.
I was very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I saw Paul in passing all the time sometimes we would talk for a few minutes, and I regret not having known him better. He was always so cheerful and nice to talk to and a joy to be around. I'm so very sorry for your loss and we will all miss him.
Sorry for the loss of Paul
Dear Jane, Peter and Lisa,
Paul was one-of-a-kind; a brother-in-law who always had a smile and was ready to help out in any way, at home or at the family cabin! He has left his mark on so many people in so many ways! Tight lines Paul, we will dearly miss you.
Love, Patty and Larry
Paul and I grew up in the same neighborhood. He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. My thoughts and prayers are extended to your family.
I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Paul was a special person who brought his tremendous smile and positive attitude to work every day. I always enjoyed our conversations about work, family and his love of volleyball and coffee. I hope his optimistic spirit will sustain and bring comfort to you. God bless you and Paul's family.
My deepest regrets and sorrow for the loss on an old dear friend. Paul was the East Ann Arbor Merchant's flawless short stop for years and a dedicated team player. Always full of encouragement and optimism. He brought out the good in others. I am so very sorry to learn about this and wish the entire Winter's family the very best during this difficult time.
We are sadden to hear of your loss. Paul was our favorite city inspector for our building. May God's love and peace surround your family in the days to come.
I lived right next to Doug and Carol for many years as a kid. I remember the three younger boys the most and can recall many fun days playing with the big boys and feeling safe and included. They, including Paul showed me how to hold a snake the right way, got to ride my first mini bike, played in the big puddle in the yard during heavy rains, dug more holes in their yard than we can count and had the best snow igloos in town. Paul was part of a loving caring family and I wish you all comfort knowing how much we all learned from you and him.
Dear Jane and family:
I was saddened to hear of your loss. I hope that you are able to feel some measure of comfort and peace from the many thoughts and prayers being extended in your behalf.
Winters Family & Friends -
First I want to tell you that this written description of Paul was moving. Although it did not completely capture his pure, joyful, fun-loving spirit, it sure came close, and I thank you for sharing.
I worked with Paul for close to 9 years in the Rental Housing and he was always doing what was best for our clients. I am thankful to have known Paul and have missed not having him here (and missed his cookies). I have thought of your family often throughout this year and can only hope that the love that Paul felf for you carries you through these times of grief. May peace find your family.
My Condolence goes out to the Winters family, I grew up with Aaron but Paul always made sure he greeted us. He surely was someone to look up too as a role model or guidance.
My condolences to the Winter family. Our family lived in the same neighborhood and Paul and my older brother MikeHicks were friends. As a little kid, Paul was nice and had a great sense of humor.
Paul you'll be missed,great guy friend to all,prayers go out to your family.
Dear Jane -
Your family at Ann Arbor Open is grieving with you and for you. From the minute we met, you became one of us. Your loss is huge - and we are sending you all our love and prayers.
I have never knew a nicer person in my life thru living in public housing that greet everyone with a smile on any job. Jane you are a very strong woman and with such devoted children I will keep all three of you in my prayers. Many family sympathies coming from the heart.
I worked with Paul for many years in the Housing Inspection Bureau, City of Ann Arbor. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and also ours. Paul was probably one of the most caring, calm and laid back persons I have ever met; a rare quality. Even with the sometimes difficult situations he dealt with as a Housing Inspector he very rarely had a negative thing to say about anyone because that is just who he was. Although I never knew you, his family; I "knew" you because I knew Paul and of his great love for you. He will be missed.
If you looked up "truly nice person" in the dictionary you would see that smiling picture of Paul. He had that Winters gene for pleasant personality. Always upbeat, dedicated to his family a true gentleman on and off the volleyball court where I had the pleasure of playing with him. A gifted athlete and an ambassador of sportsmanship. I will miss his smile as he blocked you or dribbled his famous "cheese shot" over you head. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many, many people that called him friend.
My condolences to the entire Winters family. I also served on the M.A.H.O board with Paul for many years and miss his sense of humor.
City of Grand Rapids
I have to say I always looked up to Paul, Growing up Bruce & Renee took all of us "little kids" skiing, The very 1st day Paul was out doing all of us on the slopes, I was always trying to keep up, but fell short.
Being around him & watching him with his family helped me be a better person.
Paul will be greatly missed.
this is such a lovely tribute! Thank you for inspiring us and other local families to cherish the most important things in life: family, nature, and joy. May your memories, your family, and your friends bring you support and comfort during this time. hugs and love, the smiths
Paul was a wonderful guy and will be missed greatly. Loved playing volleyball with him. Love his family, Jane, Peter and Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with them always.
So sorry to hear this. I attended Ann Arbor Huron with Paul. Over the years, I would see Paul, while delivering my mail route around town, as he did his job for the city of Ann Arbor. he always had a kind word. a great person. I will miss him.
I had the pleasure of serving with Paul for a number of years on a state board of Housing Officials and will always remember that Paul was gauranteed laughs and fun, every time you sat next to him. My thoughts and prayers to the Winters family. God bless
Paul was always the most pleasant and positive spirit, even in the the face of his illness. He will be missed by me and all of his friends and associates at the Michigan Association of Housing Officials. My condolences to Jane and the family.
Supervising Building Inspector (retired) Detroit
Dear Jane, I just read about Paul's passing and am deeply sorry for your loss. Although I never met him, and you & I have only known each other a short time, I got the exact impression as you describe in the obituary - a fun-loving, adventurist kind of guy. Also, my husband described him as one of the fairest inspectors of our rental home. Unfortunately, I am out of town and won't be able to attend the memorial. Hugs to you and the children.
I first got to know Paul when we coached Peter and Lisa's Rec & Ed volleyball team together. Later, he learned how to keep score, and helped out at Huron volleyball matches that I reffed. We played with and against each other in the Ann Arbor rec leagues, and at pick-up games at the County Rec Center. He was always such a positive example of good sportsmanship, and a genuinely nice person. My condolences to Jane, Peter and Lisa- he is definitely missed.
Paul was a great guy. Always positive, and easy to be around. Going to miss him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dear Jane, Lisa and Peter,
As you know, I worked side by side with Paul for close to 15 years. Your tribute in the newspaper really captured who he was. Yes, he loved the outdoors. Yes, he loved volleyball. Yes, he loved Washtenaw Dairy coffee and maple donuts. Yes, he was a kind, caring, intelligent person. And most of all, yes he loved his family. Before I even met you, I felt like I knew you. From the family pictures of you on his desk at work to the stories he told of your great adventures together, like visiting the Grand Canyon and taking the kids to college. It was obvious he loved you all so much and that he was proud of his family. I will miss him.
So sad to read about this. I am a landlord, and Paul was always so reasonable, helpful, and easy to work with. Indeed, he cared greatly for tenants, but he also was a friend to landlords, striving for reasonable compromise and "meeting in the middle." My thoughts go out to his family.
I was unaware that Paul was ill, such a loss. Paul always had a smile on his face and was such a nice, kind and positive person. He will be deeply missed by everyone that knew him. My condolence to the family. RIP John Ramirez
Thirty some years have passed since I first met Paul. Memories of him dating Jane (my roommate at the time), their wedding, the kids births...... I look at his picture and still see the sweet man who always wanted to know what was going on in your life before he ever talked about himself.
Childhood memories ... my condolences to the family. May your memories sustain you and bring you peace.
Dear Jane, Peter and Lisa...I am so sorry and sad for your loss. Working with and sitting right next to Paul at the Housing Bureau for many years has brought many wonderful memories in my life. His dedication, laughter, joking, support and yes, the delicious chocolate oatmeal cookies will forever be reminders of how he has blessed my life. I'm sad to see his life end so early because I know that he had so much more give to you and all those that he encountered. I pray that you will feel God's love and peace during this most difficult time.
Dear Jane, Peter and Lisa,
My sincerest condolences over the passing of your husband and father Paul. I hope that your memories and the love and support of family and friends help you during this time.
My son Ramsey and I send big hugs.
Love, Maureen (Jane's suitemate at MSU)
I had the opportunity to meet Paul last summer while playing volleyball in Ann Arbor with his closest friends. He was a great teammate, excellent and skilled player and nice person. I want to send condolence to his family, friends and everyone who has been touched by him.
We will miss Paul - his ever-present warm, friendly demeanor and great sportsmanship made him a valued teammate and ambassador for the sport. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
He was great guy & gone too soon. I never did get him to play on my volleyball team.
I am so happy to have had the opportunity to have known Paul. He had an infectious smile. What a nice, nice guy. May the many memories your family has shared bring you comfort in the days ahead.