My memories of my Uncle Paul have been mostly those since my father passed away and my mother, Esther Proctor, Paul's younger sister, moved to Loveland from Englewood about 8 years ago.
Mom and I would stop at KFC in Longmont on our way to Boulder to see Paul and Charlotte. Paul could really pack away the food in those days! He especially enjoyed my homemade cupcakes for dessert.
Mom had a special fondness for Paul because of his vision problems. She, like so many of us, was amazed at his ability to perform life's daily tasks with such a challenge. Especially inspirational was his gardening finesse.
After Charlotte died, and as Paul's vision deteriorated more and it became more painful for him to keep his eyes open, he would sit, with his head tilted back, eyes closed, and listen to Esther's renditions of growing up in Niwot. I thought he had fallen asleep on her, but every so often , he would get a word in.
My first visit without Mom, after she died in May, 2013, was a challenge for me, but Uncle Paul, in his matter-of-fact way put me at ease. His warm hug helped too!
On my final KFC catering visit a few months ago, I could tell Paul was very uncomfortable. He then informed me of his heart problem. I also wondered what a lonely feeling it must have been to be the last of the Leinweber legacy of so many siblings!
I have cherished memories of being a part of such a unique extended family.
Uncle Paul, I will miss our visits.
I have so many cherished memories of Paul when I was growing up in the neighborhood. I still remember his Public Service truck he parked on the street at the end of his work day. Paul always said "Hi Chellee" and I still can hear his voice and see the smile on his face. He was a very kind and generous man; an honor to have known him for over 60 years. May God ease your pain. With love, Chel