Bonita and I are so sad to hear this. Paul has been so important to me as a confidant, antagonist, and advisor over these years that I cannot imagine a world without him. Your father has helped me so many times with good, down to earth advise, and calmed me when I was angry or frustrated - putting me back on track. Paul is the reason we have a state bee association today.
Please convey to Claire and your family how much we loved Paul and appreciate his significant contribution to Massachusetts beekeeping. From me I will miss Paul as a friend and person I respected for his honesty, constancy of purpose, and a man whose company I always enjoyed.
If your family needs anything please ask. We cannot help your feeling of loss, but we can affirm the important mark your father has left for so many of us as beekeepers, and people.
Much love and gratitude to the Desilets family.