Paul Dickman Negro 74, died September 28, at home in Ashland, Oregon, after a brave battle with cancer. The youngest of three, he was born March 10, 1933, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gayle; his stepchildren, Nancy Alpert and Frederick Pressel; his step-grandchildren, Ben and Gil Alpert, and his granddaughter, Waverly Pressel. He is also survived by, and was a loving brother to, his sisters Helen Colombo of St. Louis, Missouri, and Alice Covello of San Jose, California; his nephews and nieces Anthony Colombo, Allen Colombo, Bette Marbs, Paul Covello, Timothy Covello, Mark Covello, Cynthia Biggs, Amanda DeLeon, Melissa Covello-Blank. Paul and his wife operated Neil Creek House Bed and Breakfast in Ashland for 15 years and Paul entertained guests with his quick wit and easy smile. Many guests who have gotten to know him after yearly stays are also grieving his loss. Before moving to Ashland, Paul spent his professional career as an industrial engineer, a job that allowed him to travel extensively. He and Gayle lived in Italy for 3 years, an especially enjoyable assignment for him due to his Italian heritage. However, Ashland was always the place he felt the most peace and happiness. He had many interests other than travel, including history, current events, eating, hiking, telling stories, and attending plays (especially Shakespeare). He was a master gardener who did a beautiful job bringing the grounds of the B&B to life. He was also a great dog lover and will be remembered by many with a dog at his heels-most recently, Molokai. Paul loved many people and was loved by many. His passing is a great loss. The family has requested that those wishing to send flowers consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society earmarked for pancreatic cancer.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News on Oct. 3, 2007