William Paul Cassilly continued his journey Thursday January 16th, 2014 in Athens Georgia, succumbing to pneumonia and other complications. Paul was a renaissance man, architect, mentor, philosopher, artist, writer, woodworker, timber framer, adventurer, lover of nature, conversationalist, road and trail biker, pyrotechnic enthusiast and a committed friend. Paul, born in Owensboro KY, on October 18, 1949, was raised in the Bourbon country and as he often said "I was a John Birch Society conservative then went to college at The University of Florida in the sixties and that ended that". Paul saw the raw inequality in the world and became a person committed to walk softer on this earth embracing life in all forms, guiding others in that vision through example.
As a deck hand on a tug boat traversing the Mississippi River he read philosophy books, saw and experienced parts of the country few see. He sought out places most people would shy away from. After returning from remote places he had an energy that sustained him for months. Paul moved to Oglethorpe County in the early 1980's and loved its remote places, people and rural lifestyle. His parties were famous and his annual New Year's Eve bonfire celebration was fabled.
Paul had special closeness with many longtime friends; however his relationship with his mom was indescribable. Their time together was more precious than gold and both understood how fleeting time is.
As an architect Paul's creativity excelled, his custom designed homes, additions to homes, kitchens and other projects gained a powerful reputation in the Athens area as one of the best design architects in the region. In his twenty years serving as The Campus Architect at UGA, Paul's imprint can be seen in over two hundred projects. He always sought the best solution to any architectural problem. His collaborative style of building design provided a civic architecture that was rational, clear, purposeful, utilitarian, aesthetically pleasing and inspirational.
He is survived by his sister Joanne Clary of Owensboro, Kentucky and Jennifer Cassilly Green of Jacksonville, Florida. Paul Cassilly left hundreds of friends and colleagues with a gift, the power of knowing him.
The private celebration of Paul's life will be held at his home.
Submitted by the family and friends of Paul Cassilly.
Lord and Stephens, EAST, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Feb. 2, 2014
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - East Chapel
4355 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605