Paul Frederick Mehle

MEHLE, PAUL FREDERICK 12/12/1940 - 04/04/2014 Paul Mehle, a longtime resident of Miami, Florida, and Beal's Island, Maine, died peacefully at South Miami Hospital with his family by his side. He was 73 years of age. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia in 1940, son of the late Homer and Glendavere Lovejoy Mehle. He was the grandson of the late Captain Frederick F. and Minnie Lovejoy of White Rock and Grassy Hammock Oyster Company of E. Norwalk, Connecticut. At the age of two, Paul, his twin brother Owen, and his mother, returned to East Norwalk, Connecticut, where he resided until age 15. At that time he moved to Danbury, Connecticut and graduated from Danbury High School in 1958. Paul worked with his grand-father in the oyster company, as well as on the oyster boats, the Ellen J. and the Dauntless. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1966 and his Master's degree in 1967 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he played soccer and ran track. In 1967, Paul moved to Miami to pursue a lifetime career as an educator and coach for Dade County Public Schools. Paul lived a full life, contributing to the community as an educator, coach, and mentor. He would frequently meet former students in his travels around Miami and they were always greeted with a warm and friendly smile and asked about their lives. One student thanked him for getting him off the streets, encouraging him in school sports in high school and college, and subsequently a career with the U.S. Government. There were other mentoring success stories that produced a math teacher, a baseball player, a recording artist, nurses and physicians. Paul's lifetime passion was sailing and racing. Paul started sailing around the islands of Norwalk, Connecticut where he raced with Owen on their first sailboat, the "Mary Too". The twins spent summers on the family island, "Betts" off Norwalk, Connecticut where the boys would scavenge the shoreline looking for wood to build their next sailboat. Paul later graduated to a 19' Lightening and finally to his beloved Seafarer sailboat, "Tarajoux". Summers were spent cruising Long Island Sound and racing Tarajoux in Biscayne Bay in the winter months. He was an accomplished sailor and extraordinary yachtsman. Paul, Suzy and their children spent summers in Maine where they became part of the local community of lobster fishermen and worshipped at Beal's Wesleyan Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife Suzana Galera Mehle; daughter Ashlee Kornelia Mehle of Los Angeles; two sons in Miami: Paul Stanley Mehle and Glenn Lovejoy Mehle; his twin brother Owen Lovejoy Mehle and sister-in-law Cheryl Warner Mehle of Norwalk, Connecticut; brother Don Mehle and his wife Pam of Fountain Valley, CA; brother Alan and his wife Carol Mehle of Sedona, AZ; and nephews: Owen Jeffrey Mehle of Tampa and Chad Kristopher Mehle of Los Angeles. The family thanks Dr. Peter Citron and his office staff, the nurses and support staff at South Miami hospital, namely, Kim, Randall, Lucy, Sally, Jeremy, and Kay. Special thank you to Tanya Flynn, for coming back into our lives at this time. Visitation is Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6 pm-9 p m at Caballero- Woodlawn Cemetery, 11655 Southwest 117th Ave, Miami, Fl 33186. Service and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Hospital Foundation, 6856 Red Road, Coral Gables, FL 33143. Checks should be made out to Baptist Health South Florida Foundation.

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Published in Miami Herald on Apr. 6, 2014