I met Paul in 1967 when he was my first boss at my first, full-time job after college. Just about every time we chatted in his office, I admired a small, furry seal paperweight that he had gotten in Alaska - and when I left that job, he gave it to me. It continues to have a special place in my home for over 40 years. That was so typical of Paul - thinking of others and extending his kindness and generosity to them. Over the years I moved from Baltimore to Hawaii and then to California, and all that time we kept in touch. Not that many years ago, we discovered we shared the same birthday! I married late in life, and Paul immediately included Russ in his cards and emails and with gifts for both of us, our favorite being the special honeys like Tupelo. Paul was a true patriot, and I thanked him many times for his service to our country that he so proudly served in the Navy. I especially admired his initiative at learning how to do email when in his 90s to keep in touch with friends and family after the loss of his beloved wife, Dot. Paul was a most kind, thoughtful, caring and generous person whose friendship I deeply cherished. On the day I learned he was under hospice care, there was a beautiful, FULL rainbow that we watched for over 30 minutes - what a wonderful 'sign' as he was leaving to join Dot a few hours later. Paul kept a saying on his desk that I have always remembered: "There is only one success- to be able to spend your life in your own way" [Christopher Morley]. I think he truly did.
With heartfelt thoughts to his family,
Judy Benoit Pugh and Russ Pugh
San Jose, CA
Mr. Allers was my mom and dad's neighbor (Bob and Syble Payne) and our family grew to love him the more we got to know him. He was a good friend to my parents and showed them much love and appreciation for anything they did for him. They could never out give him. I will always remember the kindness he showed me and my 2 sisters when our mom and dad passed away just 3 years ago about the same time he passed on. I pray they are having a grand reunion in heaven by now. We live in Virginia Beach and come to Destin for the winter and we were looking forward to visiting Paul this year. Our prayers are with each of you.
I would have liked to have been more involved in Uncle Paul and Aunt Dot's life, but they were of a different era and we are so far apart, Florida is a huge state. Uncle Paul's goals seem to be clear and he expected the same of others. His goal weren't simple, by any means, but clear. One thing we had in common is our desire to be with Dot again. She is in my soul, as well. I pray in some life we will be sisters so we can talk about Paul; how interested he is in life, yet he puts on such [macho]. I understand him, yet not comfortable with that male aspect. He did present his best, softer and greater side through his cards, letters, newspaper articles and particularly his bees and honey, like gold.