Camano Island - Paul Kurke, son of Mary Kurke and Joe Kurke, passed away suddenly on May 29, 2021. Paul was a proud and beloved son of the Pacific Northwest and Maui; lover of oceans and forests, music and art, and animals. Paul was born in Everett, Washington, on September 20, 1970. He attended schools in Mukilteo, and Everett, WA and later moved to Camano Island, WA, graduating from Stanwood High School in 1989. Maui had always been a place he loved and moved there 4 years ago where he met his life partner, Trudi Ann Kuailani. They built a life together there and Paul became a part of her extended Hawaiian ohana. Our deepest condolences are extended to Trudi Ann and her family, along with many thanks for caring for Paul and making sure he was accorded the respect he deserved at this tragic time.
Paul was an original Pearl Jam fan, knew the lyrics, knew the riffs, and attended nearly every concert they ever did in the PNW. Chris Cornell was also a huge part of his love of music and Cornell's suicide was very difficult for him. Framed posters, sketch books, concert souvenirs, CDs, and autographs were a testimonial to Paul's love of the Seattle music scene, which he lived in the truest sense.
Paul is survived by his parents, siblings Amber, Seth, and Joel and many other family members and friends. There will be a traditional Hawaiian ceremony in Maui to honor his passing. Paul loved nature and would love that a donation be made in his name to The Western Rivers Conservancy at https://www.westernrivers.org
, The Orca Conservancy at https://www.orcaconservancy.org
, Wild Hawaii at https://www.wildhawaii.org
or the charity of your choice
RIP Paul, may you experience the peace for which you perpetually searched, and live on in the hearts of those who loved you in the ocean, the forest, and the music you so loved.
Published by Stanwood Camano News from Jun. 22 to Jun. 23, 2021.