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Paul L. White May 8, 1951 - September 21, 2009 "The Patient Professional" Paul L. White, age 58, passed away on Monday, September 21st at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Walnut Creek following a prolonged illness and courageous battle with complications arising from an aortic aneurism. Paul passed peacefully with his mother, brother, sister and friends at his side. Paul lived his life with love, laughter, and a passion for family, friends, community, real estate and his beloved San Francisco Giants. A proud fourth generation native San Franciscan, Paul was born at Stanford Hospital in San Francisco to parents Jean and Walter White. He graduated from Lincoln High in 1969, and furthered his education at San Francisco City College. As a young adult, he worked with youth organizations in the Sunset District, including "Energy", "Speak" and "Huckleberry House". Paul moved to Walnut Creek in 1987, sharing his energy with his new community's youth by actively supporting the Bancroft Elementary School Parent Faculty Club, the Walnut Avenue Preschool, and the Creek Middle School Youth Project. Paul was a successful real estate broker beginning his career over 32 years ago in San Francisco. His most recent brokerage affiliation was with Keller Williams Realty East Bay in Walnut Creek where he actively engaged in leadership, mentoring and faculty roles. Paul was also very active in numerous local and state real estate boards and committees. He served on the Board of Directors for the Contra Costa Association of Realtors (CCAR) from 1997 - 2006, as the State Director of the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) from 1998 - 2006, and was a member of the Women's Council of REALTORS since 1978. Paul also served willingly and made meaningful contributions to many CCAR committees beginning in 1995-2009 including the Scholarship Foundation, Budget and Finance Committee, Legislative Committee, Election Committee and the Bylaws Committee to name a few. Paul served two separate terms as President of the Contra Costa Realtors in Motion (CCRIM). He was extremely proud to be named the Realtor of the Year in 2006 by his colleagues from CCAR. Paul leaves behind a legacy of honesty, integrity, and professionalism, plus hundreds of citizens and neighbors who found the security and satisfaction of a home through Paul's patient assistance. Paul is preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Marie, who passed away on July 5, 2009. He is also preceded in death by his father, Walter White and his sister Joanne White. Paul is survived by his mother, Jean White of Walnut Creek; sister Linda Burille of Windsor, Ca. and her husband, Carlton, and nephew Paul; brother Eric White of San Ramon and nephews Nathan and Joshua; stepsons Douglas McDevitt of Sacramento and Andrew McDevitt of Vienna, Virginia, Andrew's wife Roxanna, and granddaughters Melanie and Mariana. Though Paul left us much too soon, the love with which he embraced family and friends lives on. We will remember his ever-present smile, the dignity with which he carried himself, his exuberance for life, and the grace with which he lived, even under the most challenging of times. Paul's kindness and generosity touched many lives, and leaves an indelibly positive impact as his legacy. He will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many family, friends, colleagues and clients who enjoyed the good fortune of having Paul in their lives. A memorial service celebrating Paul's life will be held on Friday, October 2nd, at 2:00 PM at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, located at 902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, California, where Paul was a longtime member. In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's memory may be made in his name to the CCAR Scholarship Foundation, attn: Cherie Lily, 1111 Civic Drive, #375, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596; (2) the , 131 Stewart Street, Ste 520, San Francisco, CA 94105; or (3) San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2009
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