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Paul Z. Prince

Aug. 11th, 1953-Jun. 29th, 2013

Paul died in the early morning hours of June 29th, age 59, of complications from lung cancer, in Sonoma, with Elizabeth, his beloved and loving wife of 34 years, by his side.

A gifted musician and soulful writer, a fearless fan of motorcycles and adventure, an exuberant collector of unusual objects, a sweetly doting guardian of pet cats, a man of deep feelings ... Paul's was a spirit fiercely original. He was grateful that his love of fishing led to his making a career of it; he was a commercial fisherman until bone disease made this impossible to continue.

But what he most cherished was his marriage to Elizabeth. They were absolutely devoted to one another, communicating in their own funny, special and tender ways. Life threw them more than their share of challenges and hardships but they considered themselves the two luckiest people in the world; they had each other.

Paul leaves behind his dear wife, Elizabeth Prince, his profoundly compassionate mother, Barbara Flynn, his endlessly generous step-father, Terence Flynn, his gentle older sister, Pamela Prince (Richard Friedlander), who will always miss her irreplaceable "little" (6' 5") brother, and nephew, Nicholas Prince McGlibery, with whom Paul felt a remarkable kinship. Paul is pre-deceased by his father, Daniel Prince, Sr. and his brother, Daniel Prince, Jr.

As a very small boy growing up in San Francisco, Paul imagined his parents created him from the mists of fog he saw wafting through trees in Golden Gate Park every morning, across the street from his first home. Later in life, working on boats, he developed a strong connection to the sea. We like to think we shall still be able to find him whenever we need him, intertwining with green leaves and branches, hovering over ocean waves. Always in our memories.

We give thanks to the AA group in Sonoma, who helped Paul, and who helped Paul to help others; much appreciation to the Sonoma Family Practice and Dr. Schafer in particular, for his humane and steady care; and to Hospice by the Bay, whose skilled and inspiring assistance allowed Paul to die at home as he wished to do.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 14, 2013
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