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  1. Mary says:

    Dear Eve thinking of you and your family today. To many words to describe the man Paul was. Thank you Paul for having a big heart. I worked for you many years ago and had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Evan and Melissa several times when they came to visit the office. They were so small and from the photo above they have grown and look strong and beautiful. I wish I could have met all the children back then.
    I just want to say thinking of you and Paul you were exceptional. My prayers are with your family always.

  2. Mary says:

    I worked with Paul…he was my employer 13 years ago….when i read this just today i cannot believe it because I just mentioned Paul’s name just yesterday to my husband. Paul taught me alot and treated us all well. When I had my son 12 years ago Paul visited me at home and brought me a “Silver Spoon” for Noah my son and said all children need to grow up with a “Silver Spoon”. It was a pleasure and honor to work for Paul and also for Eve. God Bless your family and I am sorry for your loss.

  3. A colleague in Heritage values, I had the pleasure of briefly working with Paul in my capacity as a Director of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation. Kingston’s Outer Station was the cause at hand, given it’s significance as a former capital of Canada and that every Prime Minister from MacDonald to Trudeau arrived at it’s door. Sadly, it is a ruin now; but with the inspiration of Paul and his vision for Summerhill in mind, we will carry on the fight. May he rest in peace.

  4. Andrew Plaxton and Barbara Plaxton says:

    Losing a father is heart breaking. I was at Montcrest with Evan when I lost mine and a year later at high school with Brodie. I’m so sorry for your loss. Andrew.
    I would talk to Paul at school functions as we watched our boys taking part in various events. A kind and gracious man. I understand your loss. Barbara

  5. I just learned from Alice at B&R. I want to send you all my thoughts and support. It’s hard for me to write in English for such a drama.

  6. I count myself fortunate to have met Pauland wll trulymiss hisjoyforlife. He really did make the world a better place, and I will remember him for his generous spirit and hisuncondilionallove forhisfamily.

  7. Dorothy Zolf McDonald says:

    I have been out of the country and heard the tragic news while in Israel. I was an admirer of Paul and his work in the Heritage community. His passing is a great loss to this city. He will be missed. Dorothy Zolf McDonald

  8. Renie Kimel-Fleishman says:

    My deepest condolences to Eve, Helen, Mickey and Jeff at this most difficult and trying time. I’ve known Paul since he was eight years old, and he will be deeply missed. You should all have much strength through your sudden loss. Sincerely, Renie

  9. Randy Stuart says:

    i knew paul when we were younger,he used to go duck hunting with me and my father…ron stuart….remember him as someone who was always fun to be with…im sure he will be missed….randy stuart

  10. Lawrence Federman and family says:

    Our deepest condolences to Eve and family on the sudden death of Paul. My prayers are with the entire family.

  11. Joan and Stan Federman says:

    Our deepest condolences to Eve and family, Helen, Mickey, and Jeff on this tragic loss. We knew Paul all of his life and he will be missed by all who knew him.

  12. Lawrence Federman says:

    Our deepest condolences.

  13. Robert Karpierz says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Oberman family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It was an honour to meet such a sincere and caring person.

  14. Steven Pezim and Wendy Sokolowski says:

    My dearest Eve, Steven and I are so saddened by the heinous tragedy that has taken Paul from this world, from his colleagues and friends, but most important of all,your children and you There are no words we could possible say that could lessen the pain that you and your children are feeling now. We are so sorry for your tragic loss and want you to know that our thoughts are with you

  15. Ryan, Caren, Danielle and Jake Shoychet says:

    Condolences to the Oberman family at this sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Grace Marsh says:

    Jeff: My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this difficult time. Grace Marsh

  17. Richard Kauffman says:

    Please accept our very deepest sympathy on the sudden loss of Paul. I knew him to be a genuine,hard working and warm hearted gentleman. He will trully be missed by all who knew him.

  18. Larry and Mary Fruitman says:

    To Mickey, Helen and family Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to you all on this tragic loss.

  19. Art Eggleton says:

    A loss to his family and friends, our city, and heritage preservation.

  20. Sheldon Richman says:

    Please except my deepest sympathy on the tragic loss of Paul.I feel honored to have had the pleasure of working with Paul In business over the years.He was a true gentleman to work with and will be greatly missed.

  21. Howard Sitzer says:

    may G-d have mercy on your soul. rest in peace my “old” friend. rest in peace….

  22. Terry Samuels says:

    I am very sorry about Paul’s passing. I pray that his soul will be amongst the righteous in Jerusalem. My condolences to all his family. I regret not being closer to Paul as his cousin and being close to him in our childhood. Terry Samuels

  23. Robin Turack says:

    Our deepest condolences on this very sad day. Freddy was so fond of Paul, he admired his kindness and passion for life. They were both too young to leave all they had. Fondly Robin Turack

  24. Ms. Sandi Halpern says:

    My condolences to Paul’s family.

  25. Esti & Dubi Filar says:

    Paul’s extraordinary vision enhanced our city & neighborhood. He was the pillar of wisdom and strength of our Rosedale BIA. We are already missing his smile Esti, Dubi and all of us at The Rosedale Diner.

  26. joy thomas says:

    dear helen my condolence to you and your family. joy thomas, richmond hill. on.

  27. Norman Blustein says:

    Such a terrible loss. My deepest condolences to the whole family. I was friends with Paul in High School and when he was raising his young children. He was a terrific guy, and his successes exceeded his bold ambitions. I lost touch in recent years, and deeply regret that now. To his children and his parents, please accept the Jewish expression of bereavement “May God comfort you together with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”. Norman and Rubina Blustein, Franny, Seth, and Dayna

  28. Zarine Baxter says:

    My deepest sympathies to all the family.

  29. david schatia says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Oberman family. We have known Paul for just a few years and consider ourselves privileged to have met him. He was a class act and will be so very missed by all those who knew him in Montreal. Bonnie and David Schatia

  30. Paul Boileau says:

    Paul, we never met but I haver been friends with your brother since he was 26. He always spoke so highly of you and thought you were the most ethical business man in the world which is ironic because I think Jeff is the most ethical business man in the world.I guess you are number 1 and number 1A. Your sudden departure from this world has made me conscious of my relationships and the unexpected things that can happen to anyone at any time. I will offer your brother all the support I can so you dont have to worry. Rest in peace. Paul Boileau

  31. Karen Letofsky says:

    Dear Eve and Family, Please acceot my heartfelt sympathies on your loss of Paul. He was a wonderful ally to our cause; he led by example and challenged us at Distress Centres to tell our story in the best possible way. I was inspired and supported by him on the occasions that I had to meet with him. His generoisty of spirit was a real gift. You have been a formdable team who have made so much difference to so many. My thoughts are with you. Karen Letofsky

  32. Marjorie Francoz says:

    To Mickey Oberman, and all the Family of Paul, My very sincere and deepest sympathy on your terrible loss. Paul was a wonderful and caring guy, and so many will miss him May you know no more sorrow for a long time. Marjorie Francoz

  33. John and Jan Mollenhauer says:

    Eve and Family, Our thoughts have been with you constantly since hearing of the news of Paul’s passing and we deeply regret being unable to be with you this week and lend our support. Paul was truly extraordinary and we have been priveledged and humbled to know him as a great friend.The void he leaves behind is overwhelming. May you find strength within your amazing family to carry his legacy forward and to recall the magnificent gift of being Paul, that he gave to so many. With our deepest affection. Love Moll and Jano.

  34. Robert and Cathy Phillips says:

    Please accept our condolences to the whole Oberman family. We are in Arizona and can not get back in time. Our best wishes are with you in this time of sorrow.

  35. Jed Manocherian says:

    Paul was one of my closest friends for the past 25 years. I live in NY which was one of Paul’s favorite cities so my wife and I have been lucky to have Paul and Eve visit us often. I loved and admired him and felt a special connection with him as did so many others whose hearts he touched. He was the epitome of class, character and benevolence. Wish not so much to live long, as to live well ”. He had what the French call “ Joie de Vivre “ (Joy of Life). Paul lived life to it’s fullest and filled with love He was blessed, and a blessing to all that knew him, and the world is a better place because of him. His life was, and always will be an inspiration. We send our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers to Eve, and all of Paul’s family. Love, Jed & Yael Manocherian

  36. Dario Guiao says:

    My condolences.

  37. Hugo E. Slepoy says:

    My deepest condolences

  38. Dena Oberman says:

    My heart goes out to everyone. My heart, too, is broken. As the mother of Aaron, Melissa and Evan we know the void that Paul’s passing leaves.

  39. Jamie & Xenia Di Natale says:

    Please except our deepest sympathy on the loss of Paul. We feel honored to have met this wonderful special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and sad time.

  40. Richard Weldon says:

    Dear Eve, I am so very sorry for your loss.Paul was an incredible soul who was extremely intelligent, successful, fun to be with and could always be counted on as a true friend. His mark of being a truly special individual was how many people he touched in his life and how each person came away changed for the better. I fondly remember good times at “The Point” where your courtship was in full bloom. I know Paul was your true soul mate who was in every way your perfect match and as such my most sincere sympathies go out to you as I grieve your loss. My prayers are with you and the whole family.

  41. Peter and Pat Wiesner says:

    Wishing our deepest sympathy to the family at this time of sadness and loss. “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

  42. Steve Levinson and Family says:

    As a friend from the Keele/Sheppard/Jane neighbourhood, through Calico Drive Public School and Oakdale Jr. High, Paul and I went back a long time. We renewed our friendship when Stratton and my son Adam played for the Penguins Hockey Team. My condolences to the families and especially to Mickey, Helen, and Jeff whom I’ve known since the 1960’s when I spent lots of time at their home on Northover Street.

  43. Naurice and Karen Joseph says:

    My dearest condolences as to your loss, we are sending our hearts to each and everyone in the Oberman family during this difficult time.

  44. Ken hughes says:

    Jeff, please accept my deepest symapathies and thoughts after the tragic loss of your brother. Ken Hughes

  45. Anna Semple says:

    Thinking of you all at this most difficult time. The Semple Family

  46. Ashley Bronte says:

    Dear Eve and family My heart is heavy with your loss. Being privileged to be able to work with the two of you. Paul was always very welcoming. And that is exactly what he said to me……. he greeted me with. ” Ashley, it is so nice to welcome you into our home again”. I have always carried that with me. So kind, so sincere, quite and strong. How sad. He is truly missed already. My husband Craig MacEachern and I send our prayers and condolences. With love. Ashely Bronte BRONTE DESIGN INC.

  47. Jonathan Abrams says:

    Wishing you all my sincerest condolences – I met Paul last year Biking in Israel as we cycled for Alyn Hospital …. and was in awe of his zest for life, his passion & creativity – I have such fond memories of that trip – may you find much comfort in his memory. Jonathan Abrams

  48. Michael P. McLaughlin says:

    May I entend my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family. He will be greatly missed by those who had the honor to know him.

  49. Jay Kimel-Fleishman says:

    This is still so hard to believe and by far the most upsetting news I have had to hear in a long time. My cousin was an unbelievable man. He loved everything about his life and did so many wonderful things for the city and most of all for his family. We had numerous outings together and I always enjoyed our converstaion on business, real estate and life. Aaron and Mellisa, you probably won’t remember but dad used to pick me up to take you guys skating at Forest Hill on the weekends back when you were little tykes. Mickey,Helen,Eve,Dena,kids and immediate family- I am so very sorry to all of you. He will be greatly missed.

  50. Bart Massel says:

    My condolences to the family. A good man has been lost.

  51. George Kostiuk says:

    Paul always made my son Daniel feel so much at home in his house whenever he visited, and offered support in times of need. Although I only met him a few times, he looms large in my mind as a very caring and generous person. Evan, my thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  52. Rose and Allan Brass says:

    We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s family. The loss of this exceptional person has impacted us all deeply. We were impressed with Paul even as a young man. He exhibited special talent, perseverance and commitment. We always thought his credo was “never give up”. And of course he never did.

  53. StroudFoot says:

    We had the great pleasure of working with Paul and the Woodcliffe team last year on the restoration of the buildings at 107-109 King Street East. Paul quickly became a hero to our team due to his passion for preserving Toronto’s history, and our company’s like-minded approach to design and reclaiming the past. Toronto has lost–at a shockingly young age–one of its greatest guardians of heritage and culture and was a genuine diamond in the rough. To all of Paul’s family members and friends, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  54. Michael Gnat says:

    Eve I am so very sorry to hear of Paul’s sudden and tragic passing. He was truly a giant in our industry and man of great integrity. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you and the family at this time. -Michael

  55. Jo Ann Rowe (Elodie's sister) says:

    Eve….please accept my very deepest sympathies over the loss of Paul. I had the great pleasure of meeting you both several times in Temagami, and thoroughly enjoyed those occasions there with you. Paul was an amazing visionary and he will be greatly missed by his Temagami family. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  56. beverley & harry davis says:

    Dear Helen: Our deepest sympathy on Paul’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  57. Jill Brennan says:

    Eve, I am so truly sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I will always remember Paul, along with yourself as being my first Mentors who showed me the passion of our industry. It was an honour to see you and Paul find true love from the beginning, may the memories help you in your days of sorrow. Eve, you and the children along with your extended family will stay in my heart. Paul will forver be among the best of the best.

  58. Rose & Gerry Gelman says:

    Our deepest sympathies are with you at this time of such a tragic loss.

  59. Barry Solway & Vicki Griffiths says:

    Paul was an inspiration and fine example to many in Toronto. His indelible mark on the various heritage buildings that he preserved are his legacy to the city. Eve and family, our hearts go out to you and we wish you strength and courage at this very sad time.

  60. Dr. Ron Clavier and Family says:

    No words can express our sadness. No ordinary message couold possibly convey our sense of loss. Paul was an exceptional human, whose leadership, by example, will continue to inspire us to do the right thing.

  61. Frieda Walton says:

    Eve This is such a tragedy. I truly feel for you. May you and your family have comfort in the happy memories and strength from the love of each other. My deepest sympathy.

  62. Laurel Swartz says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  63. Christopher Borgal says:

    Paul and my own firm, Goldsmith Borgal & Associates, have had a relationship for many years on many of Paul’s most visible projects. I had lunch with Paul a few weeks ago and the conversation ranged over many topics, including sailing and flying – we spent a couple of very enjoyable hours. Both my office staff and myself as well as I am sure my former partner Phil Goldsmith are shocked and saddened by this turn of events. Our hearts go out to everyone in his family – we share in your grief and hope that his memory will be held in the hearts of all those he touched in his life, his pastimes, and his work. Yours sincerely Christopher Borgal

  64. Fred, Pearl, Eleesha and Laurel Swartz says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Mickey, Helen, Jeff and the Oberman family. May Hashem be with you at this difficult time.

  65. hesty leibtag says:

    It is with the greatest of sadness and open heart that I extend my deepest condolences to Eve and the children. Wishing you strength and heartfelt support during these very difficult and dark days. May in time the light shine down on all of you, and bring warmth and understanding to this profound tragedy.

  66. Jeff Sheman says:

    With deepest sympathy.

  67. Tony Genco, Former President and CEO Parc Downsview Park Inc. says:

    Paul was a committed and passionate individual with vision and substance. He always knew the art of the deal and expressed his commitment to his beliefs. I will always remember our chats to try to save the Downsview Hangars and we came very close thanks to his commitment. I remember him joining me for a full day of negotiations in Florida to save those hangars. It was my first vacation in 7 years but I received the distinct impression that vacation was completely foreign to Paul. He loved to fly and he soared very high with a great legacy in real estate and his devotion to his family. May God bring comfort to all those that remain with smiles of hope that Paul brought to all of us.

  68. Michael Blugerman says:

    Dear Eve and family, I am very sorry for your loss. What a tragedy! Paul was a man who made dreams come true, my most sincere condolences.

  69. Tillie and David Lewis says:

    Dear Eve, Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time. We are still reeling from the news of Paul’s accident, I know he was a super Dad and a great friend and husband to you and will be surely miss by many. Best regards Tillie and David

  70. David and Michelle Winter says:

    Dear Oberman family, David, Michelle and new arrival baby samuel send peace and condolences to a wonderful cousin. Paul was so giving, loved, and cherished and he will always be remembered forever. peace; amen.

  71. Alexandra Khazzam says:

    My deepest condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  72. Sam, Susan and Lindsay says:

    To the Oberman Family: Coming to terms with this unfortunate tragedy is a challenge and will remain one. We extend our condolences with the greatest of sincerity. Paul was a great man and a visionary, and he will be missed. Wishing you strength and courage at this very difficult time. Sam, Susan and Lindsay
    Firestone Ottawa

  73. Eve, so sorry about your loss and the loss of one of Toronto’s finest men…i just heard. Toronto will miss Paul’s relentless passion for perfection and high standards. Thank you for keeping the dream alive buy taking over where he left off…you both found each other years ago….you are still one. xo

  74. So incredibly sad…my deepest condonlences to Eve and all of the children.

  75. Caryn Colman says:

    I naively thought that people like Paul would live forever. That Paul had an anchor in Temagami gave me a positive feeling that we could make this sweet, little village become the big picture as the best of us envision. Paul’s legacy will survive in the brilliance of our work in Temagami. Eve, my heart goes out to you. Paul is a man who cannot be dimmed by death.

  76. Eve, please accept our deepest condolences. We are honored that we got to know Paul. You and your children are in our thoughts.

  77. Eve my heart goes out to you and your family during this time, I am so sorry to hear for your lose xoox

  78. Kim Adlard says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Eve and the Oberman family, and to everyone at Woodcliffe.

  79. Tim Morawetz says:

    I ‘met’ Paul very briefly when he was a presenter at the 2010 Heritage Toronto awards (pictured), at which my Art Deco Architecture in Toronto book was honoured. In learning of his recent tragic death, I am honoured to have briefly shared the stage with a man who has given so much in helping preserve and celebrate Toronto’s city’s heritage.

  80. Paul was a great supporter of HT, a developer who understood the value of heritage conservation and a true city builder. We will miss him.

  81. Paul David Oberman

    From his heart broken father.
    You will always be with me.


  82. Daniel Green says:

    Paul was more than a good man. He was one of the most exceptional people I have ever known. He was a visionary, leader, mentor and friend to so many, myself included. Paul didn’t just achieve great things in this life. His example, encouragement and guidance caused others to achieve great things too. He inspired me. He will continue to inspire me for as long as I live. This world truly has suffered a great loss. My thoughts are with Eve and his kids

  83. To the Oberman family, I sincerest condolences for your heavy loss. I have only ever met Paul once. It was a firm handshake with a friendly smile. I wish I knew him better, but at least I know he raised a wonderful family as from what I see and hear from Evan and his family photographs.

    Keep strong! My thoughts are with you!


  84. I met Paul, years ago, through my sister and her then husband. I remember him fondly at birthdays and skating parties for his sense of humour and how he would rib me for the amount of food I could consume in one sitting. He was always and unfailingly gracious in his inquiries into my life, for which I was grateful. A friend of mine was here with me when I received news that he had died. Amazingly enough, this friend was at City Hall when the news came. She told me that they held two minutes of silence in memory of his passing. Clearly Paul’s work, not just as an architect but as an urban planner, touched many lives, from all socioeconomic backgrounds. What a life he had! I am deeply saddened for his family, for the loss of his presence, and guidance. I hope that knowing how many people’s lives he touched brings some solace to you.
    With deepest sympathy at your loss,
    Jacqueline Moore

  85. So sorry to hear the news to eve and the whole family, paul was a great person! xoxo

  86. Upon hearing of the loss of Paul, I immediately realized that the city had lost a great man and that I had lost an ally and a friend. I have worked with Paul for the past few years. Through my interaction with him I came to see how he was able to make every person who came into his life feel like a friend. His positive nature, his strong handshake and his welcoming smile made working with him a true joy. He was able to bring the best out of me as an architect and for that I am truly grateful. Paul was also a great friend to the city and to the built environment. His vision and tenacity resulted in public spaces that are cherished by people in this city. The best way to memorialize Paul would be to continue building with the same vision and spirit that he did. We will need to set our standards much higher, demand excellence in every aspect of our work and give back to the public realm. I would like to express my sincere condolences to Paul’s family. He will be missed.

  87. I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Paul. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Eve and his whole family. I’m so…so sorry for your loss.

  88. Dear Eve: I just heard of Paul’s sudden death today. I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  89. Horst says:

    Paul was someone that taught me to always think big and to take smart actions to achieve perfection. No matter who we are or where we came from, the most important thing to believe is that we all can.

  90. Paul had a unique combination of warmth and wisdom, intellect and vision, gentle humour and deep passion. He was both very loved and very admired and he left an unforgettable impression on everyone who knew him. He had a remarkable mind and an unmatched spirit for new ideas and creative solutions. His conversation was always a pleasure and never failed to capture the imagination. He loved his family, his friends, his work, his city and the potential he saw in the world. He has left so much behind him to be cherished and yet so much still undone. Paul was an inspiration. We have lost a great man. He will be missed and remembered always.

  91. Andrea Leake says:

    Heartfelt thoughts to you Eve and your family …

  92. sincere condolences to the Oberman family.

  93. Stefan Pal says:

    Although I only met Paul once, I always heard great things and funny stories about him from my Dad. Its an absolute shame that someone so great had to leave this world. My condolences to the Oberman family. My thoughts are with you.

  94. My heartfelt condolences to Eve and family from the staff at One Valhalla. Jenny Trinh Christina Cao Johnny Wu Savannah Elizabeth Lam

  95. Paul Oberman has left us many visual reminders of his contribution to the City of Toronto. This City will remember him as a creator and contributor with a vision of a beautiful Toronto.

  96. My sincere condolences to Paul Oberman’s family and colleagues. Although I never had the chance to personally meet Paul, I listened to him as he opened the DX-hosted mayoral candidate panel discussion last September and, saw him again last October at the Kuwabara/Mau “Ends of Design” talk at Isabel Bader Theatre. He was well-groomed, well-heeled and well-regarded. The entire room knew who he was. Rightfully so. His loss is indeed a great one to the design and preservation communities in Toronto and beyond.

  97. Jed Manocherian says:

    Paul was one of my closest friends for the past 25 years. I live in NY which was one of Paul’s favorite cities so my wife and I have been lucky to have Paul and Eve visit us often. I loved and admired him and felt a special connection with him as did so many others whose hearts he touched. He was the epitome of class, character and benevolence. Wish not so much to live long, as to live well ”. He had what the French call “ Joie de Vivre “ (Joy of Life). Paul lived life to it’s fullest and filled with love He was blessed, and a blessing to all that knew him, and the world is a better place because of him. His life was, and always will be an inspiration. We send our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers to Eve, and all of Paul’s family.
    Love, Jed & Yael Manocherian

  98. On behalf of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, I want to offer my sincere condolences to all Paul’s loved ones. From what I know he was a champion of Canada’s aviation history – particularly that of Toronto – and we should all be inspired by his energy and enthusiasm.

  99. Matt Shorter says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to Evan and the rest of the Oberman family. I had the privilege of having, over the years, attended a number of Greenwood related meetings with Paul and garnered the utmost respect for his way of approaching the challenges presented.

  100. I had the honour of meeting Paul, his lovely wife Eve and the many wonderful people who work in the Toronto Woodcliffe office when my husband came on board with Woodcliffe at The Chambers, in Ottawa. I was so impressed by the warmth and generosity afforded us by Paul & his Woodcliffe team on our visit to Toronto. It takes a great leader to build a company whose employees share in his passion for excellence and strive to bring this to their work. He has left his indelible mark on the many heritage buildings he has so lovingly brought to new life. My deepest condolences to Eve, their 6 beautiful children and the team at Woodcliffe.

  101. Icon Architects says:

    “We would like to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences along with best wishes to Eve and her family. Paul was a great man and he will be greatly missed by all of us here. May he live on in your memories and bring you peace.”

  102. Al Hardy, Principal at Greenwood College School says:

    “I first met Paul when he chaired Greenwood’s building committee in 2004. Paul’s knowledge of building and design and his ability to communicate this understanding in laymen’s terms was impressive. As a long-time board member, he pushed our management team to think broadly about how the school could best prepare students for the 21st century. He was effusive in his praise of what Greenwood had done for his son Evan, who graduated in 2007, and always willing to help out with the school’s ongoing evolution. My fondest memory of Paul comes from last spring when he and I negotiated the purchase of a neighbouring property. I was able to see first-hand his consummate people skills and his attention to detail. Greenwood will miss him.”

  103. Although I didn’t know Paul well, I met him first about 35 years ago, as I was good friends with his brother Jeff, with whom I went to high school. I had the pleasure of being the recipient of the generosity that so many of the posters here are fondly recalling. It was at Jeff’s 50th birthday party, held at Paul and Eve’s lovely home. Paul made a point of asking me how I was doing, and gave me his complete, undivided attention while we chatted. I remember thinking to myself during our conversation that my achievements obviously paled in comparison to his, so why would he be interested in what I had to say? Clearly, I was wrong. It was the last of the 5 or 6 times in my life I had ever seen him, and I learned more in that 15 minutes about him than I ever had. What an affable and charming man. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, associates, and all those who were a part of his all-too-brief time on earth.

  104. What lovely human being. He’s done so much for the community of Toronto and so many other communities. We have been so lucky to have known him, even if we only met him once.

  105. Dena Oberman says:

    As the mother of Paul’s three children, Aaron, Melissa and Evan, and to Eve, Taylor, Brodie and Straton – I feel your loss.

  106. The sadness I feel at the loss of Paul is beyond words. I worked with Paul and Eve at their wonderful home and enjoyed being with them every moment. Paul was one of the kindest and genuine people I have ever known and although I have not seen them for several years they are “friends” that one remembers always with love.My heart is with Eve and all the children -I was once told that life is a series of stepping stones and how blessed I am that Paul stepped on mine.

  107. Thomas Rowe says:

    I am so saddened by the loss of a friend. Deepest condolences to Eve and the kids.

  108. Paul, you were and always will be one of the best boss’s I will ever have, you taught me so much and set me on the right path. The world is a little smaller without you, but I know you are building beautiful castles in the sand, with your vision and touch in yet another stunning development for a new admirers to enjoy. Always remembered. Eve, to you, Aaron, Melissa, Evan, Taylor, Brodie and Stratton, I am so truly sorry.

  109. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Paul. I am still shocked to hear this news. Paul had always been a fantastic client to us and we will always appreciate his kindness. Having met him almost 20 years ago, he has always been the same kind hearted person to us and always expressed appreciation of our work. We will miss him and continue on to maintain realities and great ideas that have come from his vision.

    Tony Lombardi and Staff,
    Dr. Landscape Inc.

  110. My deepest condolences and prayers to all of the families involved in this tragedy. I am a forester on the property that this occurred and would like to help the family create a memorial in the area. Please message me here on Facebook at your convenience. Again, my sympathy to the family.

  111. We are so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Stratton and Paul skipping hand and hand on the streets of Nuechatel. He was a very warm, kind and wonderful man. He made everyone feel welcome. To Eve and family we are so sorry for your sudden loss of Paul.

  112. We are saddened and shocked at the tragic loss of our dear cousin Paul. Talented, generous, always sharing his home, and so many happy family events, we will deeply miss his warmth, smiles and twinkle in his eye. We send our deepest condolences to Eve, Aaron, Melissa, Evan, Taylor and Stratton, Helen, Mickey and Jeff and to all those who knew and loved him. We will always keep Paul in our hearts. Love, Raymond & Rosalie

    and of course, to Brodie. Love,Rosalie

  113. Dennis Tobin says:

    The only thing better than reflecting on Paul and Paul’s achievements was anticipating what he was going to do next. Sadly, I am left only with my many fond memories.

  114. Tim Gleeson says:

    I didnt know Paul well or for long but enjoyed talking airplanes with him and the times spent around a training course and at the airport. This is a shock and my deepest sympathies go out to his friends and family.

  115. This is such shocking and sad news. My most sincere personal condolences to Eve and his family. I’ve known Paul for only a couple of years as he began to consider gracing our City of Boston (MA) with his development presence. We struck up an instant friendship and I admired both his personal and development style. I cannot imagine how much Toronto will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  116. David Allen says:

    Eve, Rita and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your Paul, he was a great visionary, businessman, mentor, teacher, friend, father and husband. We both feel so deeply for you and your children, our sincerest condolences at this very difficult time, “may Paul’s name be for a blessing”.

  117. My condolences to Paul Obermen family. Paul was a visionary and will be missed

  118. Britsma Grp says:

    We are all sorry for your loss. Eve and family you have our deepest sympathy most sincere condolences. Paul was a great individual and a great visionary that was always looking out for the best for all. He will be missed. Samuel M

  119. Susan Brandt says:

    Paul had a vision for Woodcliffe that was so passionate and so infectious, you couldn’t help but want to strive for his aspiration of excellence. Eve and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  120. I am deeply saddened to hear of this tragic accident. The loss of Paul Oberman will be felt by many. His sense of humor, adventure and perfection have left fond memories in Temagami. Eve, and family, my heart and thoughts are with you.

  121. Kim Krech says:

    Our sincere condolences to Eve and family. Temagami will miss Paul’s vision and ideas.

  122. We are tenants of Woodcliff Corp at the Chambers in Ottawa and had to pleasure to meet Paul on several occasions. He enjoyed visiting our store and had great appreciation for our designs as we had for his humor. As a fellow aviator, I want to extent my sincere condolences to the entire Oberman family.
    Hermann Wallner
    Alyeas Jewellers

  123. Brucie Bonus says:

    To Evan and the Oberman family. I have had the pleasure in mentoring Evan the last four years and met Mr. Oberman once for lunch while Evan worked for my company. My deepest condolences to the entire family. I know that Evan cherished his time with you and we will make sure that Evan is not alone in this very difficult time. Bruce Wayne Yip

  124. Having never met Paul, I wish I could say a lot more than I can. From what I know of him, and his son he was a fine man and a generous man.

    My most sincere condolences go out to Paul’s family, as they have truly lost a great man.

  125. Sam Waters says:

    I’ve known Paul for about 40 years, to his family, I’m so sorry for you loss, it seems you never miss someone until they are gone. Now is a time to try to be strong. He will be deeply missed. Paul has left a mark, and will always be remembered.

  126. My thoughts are with the Oberman family right now. Sincere condolences, Miranda

  127. Selby Warren says:

    I have known Paul for well over 20 years, through that time I have had the pleasure to work closely and learn from Paul, his passion for life, work, love for his wife , children and loyality to freinds was truly an inspiation. I will miss his zest for life, the humor , the charm and or course the smile. I feel honoured that Paul listed me as one of his freinds, his memory will live on through his family, freinds and of course the landmark heritage properties and projects for which he was resposnible . My prayers and thoughts are with Eve and the Children .

  128. To The Oberman family, I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was one of the most amazing, passionate and interesting people I have had the pleasure to meet and know. The world was a better place for him having lived so fully in it. Deborah Belcourt

  129. Jen Aloi says:

    On behalf of Jennifer, Tristan and Jenevieve Ginsberg We are sending our condolences to our cousins. We love and miss you all.

  130. On behalf of the Picken family, we are so very sorry for your family’s loss Eve. Paul was such a gentlemen, who was liked by everyone and admired for his strong family values. Matt considered Paul a true friend and mentor. His legacy is seen everywhere in Toronto, and through this he will live on in our memories. We will miss you Paul. Love Melissa and Matt.

  131. Eve, I cannot stop thinking about you and your family. I am so very sorry, sending you great strength and support.

  132. Eve and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

  133. Diana Liu says:

    My sincere condolences to Eve and family. I had the privilege in working with Eve and Paul, a loving couple who loved each and every one of their children. You will be truly missed.

  134. Eve, I am truly sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Paul. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and youur family.

  135. My sincere condolences to the family. I just saw Paul at the last Canadian Air & Space Museum board meeting … about a week ago … he was passionate, visionary and likeable. And he will be deeply missed …

  136. Kathryn R says:

    This city has lost a true leader and visionary. I have lost an advocate, mentor, and friend who I am immeasurably grateful for. To Eve and the family, all my deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you. There are no words to express this loss.

  137. I have had the privilege of working for paul and eve for the past 5 years .
    not only was he incredible at his job .he was also very very funny ‘a loving father ‘kind ‘fair ‘understanding ‘generous ‘as fastidious as i am {thats why we got along so well] and when i was sick .not only did he {they] look after me in every aspect {he took time out of his busy schedule to come visit me in the hospital]…my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife. and kids ..who i love to spoil…..i didnt expect it to happen……but they are like family to me …i will especially miss getting his truck washed for him ..cauce he loved it ….the world has lost one great fucking man …andy A.kA
    mr doughtfire ..xo

  138. Still shocked at this tragic news, Paul will truly be missed as he touched so many peoples’ lives.
    My thoughts and prayers to you, Eve and all the kids.

  139. My sincere condolences to Eve and family. The Lake Temagami community shares your tragic loss. I had greatly enjoyed my conversations with Paul about our community’s future potential, his ideas were innovative, dynamic, optimistic and plentiful. I had looked forward to his contribution towards the development of strategies and opportunities for the Temagami area. He will be greatly missed.

  140. Eve, please accept our deepest sympathies.
    Carol and Paul

  141. Passionate at home and work. I will miss our discussions. Our sympathies to Eve and Paul’s extended family.

  142. Doug Hogarth says:

    Eve: I’m so sorry to hear this tragic news. My deepest sympathies and best wishes are with you and all of your family. See you soon!

  143. My friend and teacher, you will be missed.

  144. Paul was a true and unique Gentleman.
    A supportive friend who would always find the time to listen and provide his friends with the right words, help and encouragement. I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to be his friend and I will always miss him, his smile and the funny and witty messages on my voicemail.
    This is a tragedy.
    My deepest condolences to Eve and their children.

  145. Justin Young says:

    He was a gentleman and a passionate city builder. My sympathies to Paul’s family, many friends and the staff at Woodcliffe.

  146. Sue Young says:

    This is such a tragic loss. The news of Paul’s death is a complete shock and we are all so sadden by it. Our thoughts and prayers to Eve and her family.

  147. Hiro Mac says:

    I would like to express my deepest condolences on the death of Paul Oberman. You left us so soon, we’ll miss you.

  148. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Condolences to Eve and family during this difficult time.

    John & Joanne Vacheresse

  149. Paul Hewitt says:

    My sincere condolences to Eve and Paul’s children. I knew them both from their date nights at Lakes, and later, I worked with Paul setting up the Rosedale BIA. Paul was a visionary, with a tireless drive to get things done, properly. A genuinely warm and friendly person, Paul will be sadly missed.

  150. A tragic loss, i only knew Paul for a short while but he was a gentleman and a great developer

  151. Karen Kimel says:

    I met Paul a few years ago and remembered him talking about his family and particularly his kids. He was such a family man and this is such a tragic event. My condolences to the whole family.

  152. I go back, way back with Paul to the days of Calico Drive Public School, Oakdale Jr. High and the Keele/Sheppard/Jane neighbourhood when we were close friends in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Saddened by his sudden and tragic loss. We had seen each other in recent years when our kids played hockey. My condolences to his entire family. Steve Levinson

  153. Diane Throop says:

    Eve and family I am so sorry for your loss…you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  154. The first time I met Paul I liked him immediately. He will be missed by so many. My prayers to his family.

  155. Ted Waters says:

    In grade 7 at Oakdale Jr. High, Paul was class president and called to show the new kid (me) around. We were one of 5 Jewish kids in the whole school. Later he married my 1st. cousin. Made his mark on our city and now G_d forbid this. My best to his children, his parents, brother and family during these times. I’ll miss seeing you on CBC!

  156. David Oleson, Oleson Worland Architects says:

    Very sad.

    I knew Paul and admired him as a developer who knew how to ‘do the right thing’, and still make a profit, particularly with regard to heritage properties.

    Who else would be willing to defend and champion the retention of disused aircraft hangers on the edge of the city?

  157. Jordan K says:

    So sorry that this has tradegy happened. My heart goes out to all of you over at price street. Huge loss. Still not sure what else to stay.

  158. I am just at a loss right now. My deepest condolences and love goes out to the family. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to work with him the past five years. I like your name for him Olena – “Heritage Hero”. It is exactly what he was.

  159. So sad hard to believe!!1

  160. Paul’s Plan

    On Mar 7, 2011, Paul was offered a new redevelopment project by God. In order for Paul to understand the full scope of the project he came up with a plan to ensure that his family and friends would come together in one place.

    God needed to redevelop Heaven into a modern place while maintaining it’s Heritage. He wanted someone ballsy and courageous for the task, so He offered the job to Paul.

    Paul thought about it & decided that this is was the ultimate job he couldn’t resist, so he said to God, “I’m In!”.

    Paul is in Heaven redesigning spaces for all of us. When he’s finished, Heaven will be the coolest place to live.

    Paul you’ve left us too soon but your memory will live in our hearts FOREVER.

  161. Eve and family – It’s so hard to believe. Love and prayers to you all – Orian and Alf

  162. I cannot fathom that Paul will survive only now as a memory.
    He was a fine, kind, elegant and concerned individual with a vision for the possible beyond the scope of most of us.
    Pam and I are devastated by this loss, and have Eve and the family foremost in our thoughts.
    Tragic, so very tragic….

  163. our`prayers`are`with`you

  164. Adrian Niman says:

    This is shocking. Our hearts go out to the Oberman/lewis family. Our prayers are with you, The Food Dudes.

  165. His family has lost a father, the Heritage family has lost its champion, its gladiator. We are all very shocked and sad to hear of his sudden death.
    Susan Ratcliffe, ACO Guelph Wellington

  166. Everyone at Firm Capital was shocked with this horrible news and were all thinking of Mr.Oberman’s family.

  167. A terrible tragedy not just for his family, but for the fight for Toronto’s disappearing past. Paul’s dedication to this City will not be forgotten. Peace be with you, heritage hero.

  168. Words cannot express the sorrow and loss of the tragic passing of a great man who has left his mark in this City and touched the lives of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  169. Eve and family – I am so sorry to hear your news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all . Big hugs. Janet Tinsley

  170. Hello,
    My name is Alex and I’m a reporter for the Canadian Press. I’d like to send my condolences and say that I am very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you must be going through as this tragic news begins to sink in.

  171. May Delory says:

    There isn’t a time when i walk into the Summerhill LCBO building that i do not think how lovely and true a restoration it is and than the people behind the work. Our thouthts are with you at this time. Peace be with you.

  172. Dave LeBlanc says:

    We have not lost a heritage soldier, we have lost our General MacArthur.

  173. Mark Guslits says:

    Just read Cathy Nasmith’s kind words in ACORN. Paul will be greatly missed by a City that now, more than ever, needs more like him. To Eve and the family, Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim.

  174. So sorry to hear. Definitely a loss for Toronto and for his family and friends. Paul was a positive happy spirit and visionary.

  175. Eve, what a terrible shock. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Stevie and Brenda.

  176. Eve and family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss……my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time….Fondly, Liz

  177. Jane French says:

    Such tragic news. Woodcliffe has been the major corporate sponsor of Doors Open Toronto for many years in addition to opening the doors of the Flatiron building. I regarded Paul Oberman very highly for his generosity and leadership.

  178. Sandra Shaul says:

    This makes me feel sick to my stomach. I am so sorry.

  179. Phil Goldsmith says:

    Paul was committed to the City and loved both great architecture and the challenge of heritage work equally. Over a relatively brief time he worked with Woodcliffe to put together a portfolio of some of Toronto’s best know landmark buildings. The City has lost a great friend of heritage.

    This is tragic, a client and friend.

  180. Rollo Myers, Manager, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario says:

    This is just the worst news. What a lousy thing to happen. For the family, the company, the heritage community.

  181. Peter Carruthers says:

    Terrible news.

  182. Rebecca Carson, Heritage Toronto says:

    So unbelievably devastating.

  183. What a terrible loss. Condolences to his family. Fond memories of working with him on Summerhill – a creative, tireless mind and a huge heart. He will be missed.

  184. Eve. The Lambert Family have you and your family in our thoughts. Sending you a big hug my dear. John Lambert

  185. Ash Mary says:

    Tragic, terrible terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. His legacy will be remembered through all of the amazing accomplishments he achieved. Everyone who knew him will miss him dearly. – The Warren Family

  186. A terrible tragedy for Toronto, our shared heritage and, of course, his family. A real loss as we consider new possibilities, but without his wise and loving approach to the preservation of Toronto heritage buildings and spaces.

  187. This is such tragic news…all of us at ignition are praying for you and your family…we stand at the ready to help in any way we can.

  188. Very sad news. The work Woodcliffe did in preserving heritage properties can never be forgotten.

  189. A tragic loss for his family, and for Toronto. My condolences.

  190. William German says:

    I will never get over the sadness of losing such a great friend.
    My only solace is the honour I feel to have known him.
    His kindness and compassion were equalled not only by his integrity, but by his unquestioning loyalty.
    There is a chasm in my heart.
    Time will dull the ache but will never fill the void.
    Goodbye my friend.

  191. Upon hearing of the loss of Paul, I immediately realized that the city had lost a great man and that I had lost an ally and a friend. I have worked with Paul for the past few years. Through my interaction with him I came to see how he was able to make every person who came into his life feel like a friend. His positive nature, his strong handshake and his welcoming smile made working with him a true joy. He was able to bring the best out of me as an architect and for that I am truly grateful. The work that we did at the Shops of Scrivener Square could never have happened without his leadership and guidance. Paul was also a great friend to the city and to the built environment. His vision and tenacity resulted in public spaces that are cherished by people in this city. His leadership in this area will truly be missed. For the design and development community, the best way to memorialize Paul would be to continue building with the same vision and spirit that he did. We will need to set our standards much higher, demand excellence in every aspect of our work and give back to the public realm. Together with my staff at AUDAXarchitecture, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Paul’s family and friends. After attending the memorial on Friday, and seeing the strength of his wife and children, and how much love surrounded him, it became clear to me how special Paul was. He will be missed.

    Gianpiero Pugliese

  192. mickeyobe says:

    To Paul David Oberman, my son.

    From his heartbroken father.


  193. Pierre Vella-Zarb says:

    It was 1983/1984 when a friend and I were looking for angel financing for our software company that I first met Paul who together with his then business partner agreed to fund our project. The company did not reach the success that Paul was destined to in later years, and while I lost touch with him 25 years ago, my memory of Paul has always been there. Even at that young age, he had accomplished a lot and he was well on his way to see his vision of King James Place come to life. I am sure that Paul touched many peoples lives over the years.

    My deepest sympathies.

  194. Canadian Air & Space Museum says:

    Paul Oberman, Member of the Board

    Paul Oberman was both friend and colleague. As chairman of the Canadian Air & Space Museum I worked with Paul on a number of ventures including the recent effort to preserve large World War II era hangars on the Downsview site. The exercise was a sometimes astonishing demonstration of creativity and drive combining to underpin a project that at first seemed impossible and, at the end assumed what should have been commercially inevitable status. Where many proclaimed simply “the hangars should be saved” and hoped others would
    act, Paul Oberman instead recognized that a plan with commercial texture would lend stronger heart to the case to save the buildings and ensure a durable role for them within the community predicated on value delivered rather than taxpayer charity.

    Paul followed this formula repeatedly with projects like the North Toronto Station. Like most of his projects, every day the site plays to the imagination of an entire community as they watch and enjoy the texture of a repurposed historic site as it plays a vibrant and active role in a major urban neighborhood. An entire neighborhood has grown cultured to the value of historic site restoration and redevelopment, ensuring increased sensitivity to the loss of other prospective
    heritage projects. It starts with a building that leads to a neighborhood re‐energized about its heritage opportunities which ultimately yields a city with a practical, well‐grounded heritage culture as part of its basic DNA. Books about urban development are useful but some living buildings tell the same story in ways that compel all the senses and predispose an entire community to major change. The people that accomplish this deserve every recognition.

    Paul’s efforts included aviation which has played a major, albeit unheralded role in Toronto’s historical development. He realized that the architectural treasures within the precincts of Downsview Park have major, unexplored potential to revitalize the lifeblood of an important segment of our urban landscape. The importance of recognizing architectural values in the context of productive, commercial employments is irrefutably the most durable foundation for securing the future of historic building conservation. Where buildings contribute they have life.
    Paul knew that a stimulating community is its own best defense as it cements the economic and social bonds that preserve and restores an urban field. The very best practitioners of heritage conservation are developers like Paul who have the vision to recognize and work towards this end. They are the true community builders and it is their visions around the sites that they save which cements the community ground on which the buildings themselves must stand. Paul Oberman clearly earned a prominent if not preeminent place in these ranks. The enormity of
    his loss for Downsview, the Air & Space Museum, the aviation community and Toronto at large, is incalculable. A wonderful friend is gone.

    Ian A. McDougall
    Canadian Air & Space Museum
    Parc Downsview Park

  195. Paul’s extraordinary vision enhanced our city & neighborhood. He was the pillar of wisdom and strength of our Rosedale BIA.
    We are already missing his smile
    Esti, Dubi and all of us at The Rosedale Diner


  196. Stephanie says:

    I am so terribly sad at the loss of such a great man. Difficult week. I will miss his morning ritual of telling me he was “Fabulous”for the last 5 years and “get me a fancy one”. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you and Eve and the rest of the family.

  197. Paulo Natividad says:

    Words cannot fully express the grief and sadness I feel with the loss of Paul Oberman. A great man was taken away from us too soon and so suddenly. I thought of Paul as a friend, that’s how he made me feel. Thank you Paul for being you, your joy for life was energizing. It was conveyed each time we met to discuss various projects on the go. My deepest condolences go out to the Oberman family.

  198. Anand Murthy says:

    I knew of Paul’s many accomplishments from my peers, although never having met him in person; and he’s someone I aspire to emulate.

    It comes to my mind very strongly that Dean Alfange’s “The Entrepreneur’s Credo” ( would be a fitting description of all that Paul stood for.

    My deepest condolences to Eve.

    A century ago, Wallace Wattles talked about “progress is made by the man who more than fills his present place”; and Paul was one such man.

    You will be missed.
    /am |

  199. harry stinson says:

    In a world obsessed with temporary technology, and in a city where buildings sprout like mushrooms, certain people understand how to leave a special, inspiring and lasting mark on the community.

  200. Kathryn Robson says:

    I’m not sure there’s a word big enough in our lexicon to describe Paul. Visionary, leader, innovator, full of life, vitality, adventure, passion for his work, loyalty to all those close to him and, above all, love and devotion to his family. The outpouring of grief, and gratitude to have known a man like Paul is no surprise. He was an inspiration, made all the more inspirational to me for the interest he took in me and my goals, and the investment he made in seeing me reach them.

    I’ve worked with Paul and Eve in various capacities for many years. I have never ceased to be floored by their incredible generosity and warmth. They have gone above and beyond for me on countless occasions. There is no doubt in my mind that anything I’ve been able to accomplish in the last 9 years has been thanks to the extraordinary care and support they’ve shown me over and over again. I’m so grateful to have known Paul, and to have seen the love that he and Eve shared; a true partnership in every sense. That, too, is an inspiration.

    I was so shocked to hear of this loss; the loss for Eve, Aaron, Melissa, Evan, Taylor, Brodie and Stratton is unimaginable. I’m so sorry for you all.

    I was shaken on Tuesday night, so unsure of how to process this grief, as so many of us are. I turned on the radio and heard Stuart McLean reading an essay on Toronto. It couldn’t have been a more fitting tribute to Paul’s incredible work and vision for this City. Here is an abridged version:

    “Toronto to me is a conversation. It is the conversation that the city asks that we participate in. More than asks, it demands that of us. Because it is through this great civic conversation that the City defines itself. No one escapes. Whether we’re open to it, or think we’re not, our lives are affected on every level by the proximity of others, and- I would put forward- are the richer for it. This may be an urban jungle, but the ecology here is more swamp than forest. Not because it’s full of swampy things, though it is that. But because it is rich and feted and varied, and because we are growing on the soil of the past. You have to look a little harder to see beauty here. We are far from the unmistakeable beauty of the mountains and the forests and the lakes. But if you catch the light just right, the beauty can be just as dazzling. This is my home. And, yes, living here can be heavy lifting, and maybe that’s the best thing about it. It asks much of me, but the thing is asks most of all, and over and over again, hour by hour, is this: for me to be a citizen. We are blessed to be here, and to have so much when so many have so little. To live by God’s grace and a wonderful country, and by great good luck, to be part of the conversation that is Toronto.” – Stuart McLean

  201. Karen Letofsky says:

    Dear Eve and family,

    On the number of occasions that I had the privilege of meeting with Paul, I knew him to be a man of heart and soul. We were grateful to benefit from his wisdom, compassion and generosity. He inspired and motivated me personally and the team at Distress Centres. His contributions have made a real difference.

    Please accept our sincerest sympathies on his tragic and untimely death. Our thoughts are with you.

    Karen Letofsky &
    the Board of Distress Centres

  202. Marissa Agueci President of BIA Rosedale says:

    I have sat on the same board with Paul for about 4 short years. In the last four years we challenged The City of Toronto, Enbridge and many others with success. Paul taught us to think outside the box and always strive for over and above the expected.
    Rosedale now speaks for itself. I was introduced to Eve by Paul to work on the marketing committee. Right away I know we had a firecracker and the same energy. How can such a couple exist? We have some big boots to follow in, you will be in our memories as we continue with the excellence of Rosedale.

  203. Chris Holdroyd says:

    You were so gracious to me at my fathers funeral. I am very sad for your tremendous loss. You’ve had more than your share, already during your life. But you still shine. Shine on.

  204. Nelson Menezes says:

    Paul was a very big inspiration with his accomplishments and creative outlook on life. What really stands out is the love that he had for his family, for his kids and wife Eve. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that I will miss him. He was and still remains a great man, and Friend.

    My most sincere condolences.

    Nelson Menezes,
    Tammy Menezes
    and Family

  205. Dear Eve and Family,

    Paul was our anchor and inspiration here at the Rosedale Main Street

    He wanted to create a vibrant community here in Rosedale. With every project we took on he encouraged us to strive for excellence. He taught us not to accept the status quo.

    There is going to be a huge gap here at the BIA. We were very lucky and
    honoured to have worked with him and we hope to carry on his legacy.

    You are in our thoughts.

    Rosedale Main Street BIA, Board and Staff Members

  206. Allan Hardy, Principal of Greenwood College School says:

    I first met Paul when he chaired Greenwood’s building committee in 2004. Paul’s knowledge of building and design and his ability to communicate this understanding in laymen’s terms was impressive. As a long-time board member, he pushed our management team to think broadly about how the school could best prepare students for the 21st century. He was effusive in his praise of what Greenwood had done for Evan, who graduated in 2007, and always willing to help out with the school’s ongoing evolution. My fondest memory of Paul comes from last spring when he and I negotiated the purchase of a neighbouring property. I was able to see first-hand his consummate people skills and his attention to detail. Greenwood will miss him.

  207. Jeannie Girhiny says:

    My love and prayers go to the family.

  208. Karin Zeppieri says:

    Oh how truly sad…:(

    I had the pleasure of working at Woodcliffe in 2010 for a brief but memorable period. I will always remember Paul coming into the office with a very friendly and cheerfull “Good Morning” to everyone. I saw how happy he was when Eve and him were together, and how his children were his pride and joy, along with his company.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Eve, Melissa, Evan and the rest of the family, friends and Woodcliffe.

    Paul you be missed.


  209. Pat & Kim Ward says:

    Dear Eve and family:

    We are saddened by the untimely death of Paul and grieving for all of you. Paul had a smile that lit up his whole face and he was such a genuine, concerned and caring person. He radiated warmth and always made you feel he was glad to see you . He shall be greatly missed. We send our love Eve to you and all of the children.

    Pat & Kim Ward

  210. Rex Taylor says:

    My deepest condolences to Paul’s family, and especially to Evan who was a student of mine at Greenwood College in Toronto. Paul purchased a cottage in Temagami, Ontario that had previously belonged to my cousin, George Small of Baltimore. He had done, as would be expected, an outstanding job of rebuilding it and making it modern but without losing any of the building’s essential character and charm. Just a small part of his legacy to the preservation of our heritage.

  211. I got to know Paul and Eve when working with Charles Macpherson in Toronto – what fun I had staying with them and working with them in their beautiful home. A home filled with joy and laughter and so many children! Paul was one of the most generous people I have met and when I say generous it was with his joy of sharing life and knowledge. My heart is with Eve and the family ……I am sorry that I canot be at the service but my thoughts will be there and Paul will always be with us all.

  212. Nizar Jiwa says:

    I was shocked hear the sad demise of Paul. I met Paul when I had worked for a brief period at Eve Lewis’s Company – Market Vision.
    Paul was a real gentleman and always kind, friendly, polite, generous and approachable. Paul was a world traveller and brought back memories when he talked about his visit to the Island of Pemba( my birth palace) off the East Coast Tanzania.
    Please convey my heartfelt condolences to Eve and the family.
    My prayers are with you all.
    May God Bless you all

  213. Sue Bowman says:

    I was devasted to hear the news of Paul’s death yesterday morning when I arrived at work. I am one of the owners of All the Best Fine Foods, one of the “Shops at Scrivner Square”, aka The Five Thieves. I have known Paul & Eve for over 15 years, and I have been on the receiving end of his “vision” for about 8 of those years as a tenant. He and I also sat together on the Board of Management of the Rosedale BIA for, I think, about 5 years. I can attest to Paul’s tenacious committment to heritage preservation, and his absolute disdain for the small-minded beauraucracy that regularly got in his way.

    First, as merchants in the block directly south, we weathered and then basked in the beauty, of the spectacular restoration of the Summerhill Station, the LCBO.

    Next, we started working on the restoration of our block, rebranded as the Shops at Scrivner Square. I believe it is entirely accurate to say that our block is worthy of international attention – it is magnificent and it would never have happened without Paul’s refusal to compromise, his relentless attention to perfect detail, and his belief in the socially intrinsic value of preserving our heritage properties. Paul & Eve live around the corner from the stores, and thus this was a very personal project for him. This was his ‘hood.

    His leadership on the Board of the BIA cannot be replaced. He thought bigger than anyone I have ever met, never settling for the status quo or the impossible, ever. He pushed hard and accomplished things that most of us would have given up on.

    For Paul’s family, I know this loss is excruciating and unimaginable. Our neighbourhood and the city of Toronto has lost a great visionary, a fighter for what is right.

    I sat in Paul’s office dozens & dozens of times, and each time marvelled at the family photos that always surrounded him. His children were his pride and joy.

    I send my sincerest and deepest condolences to Eve and the children, and also to all our friends and colleagues at Woodcliffe.

    Sue Bowman

  214. Catherine Stringer Fox says:

    I send heart felt sympathy to Eve and family at this very sad time. I am grateful to have had the opportuny to meet Paul and to have worked with him and Eve. His presence in the Toronto Community will be greatly missed. I wish his family great strength and courage to move forward and continue Their’s & Paul’s dreams as he would wish for them.
    Sincerely Catherine Stringer Fox

  215. At the DX, the staff and our Board of Directors are deeply saddened by this loss. Paul was a brilliant man and perhaps one of the most enthusiastic ‘big thinkers’ that I’ve ever met. He had a knack for getting everyone to rally around an idea and was a wonderful leader at the DX and for the City of Toronto. Our deepest sympathy to Eve and the children – of whom he talked constantly. You all were the light of his life.

  216. Susan Harrington says:

    Dear Eve and family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your sad loss.
    Paul was a true beacon of excellence in this city.
    Sending you strength.


  217. Anila Dhanji says:

    Riz and I were truly honoured to have had Paul in our lives for 10 years. He was the kind of man you always learned something from, you could not be in his presence and not gain something from your meeting with him. The kindness, humor, joy and generosity that Paul and Eve gave away so freely was truly rare gift.

    In the last 24 hours my heart has been broken with the loss of Paul, but what still makes me smile and feel good is knowing that men of such character, honour, passion and loyalty exist and we were priviliged enough to call him our friend. We thank Paul for being the positive influence and man that he was in our lives… will NEVER be forgotten and missed EVERYDAY.

    With all our love, Riz, Anila & Alyssa

  218. Glenn Pushelberg says:

    We would like to send flowers to Paul’s family, namely his wife. Would you be able to send me those details. With deep sympathy, Glenn Pushelberg + George Yabu

    • Evan Oberman says:

      Details have been posted on the Donations page. Please see the link at the bottom left of the picture.

  219. Linda Pearlstein says:

    I’ve known Paul since we were 16 years old, and we have grown up together! My thoughts are with his family, and especially his children.

    Love you tons!!!

    Auntie Linda and Uncle Geoff

  220. Jed Manocherian says:

    Dear Evan,

    Paul was one of my closest friends for the past 25 years. I lived in Toronto in 1985 and Paul and Dena were wonderful to me. I live in NY which was one of Paul’s favorite cities so my wife and I have been lucky to have had Paul and Eve visit us often. I think you may have also been with them in NY a couple of years ago.

    Wish not so much to live long, as to live well ”. Paul knew how to live life to it’s fullest. He had what the French call “ Joie de Vivre “ (Joy of Life). His life was, and always will be an inspiration to me.

    We are deeply saddened and send our Love and Prayers to all your extended family. I hope to stay in touch with Paul’s family and get to know his children from both marriages better. All of you have a dear friend in NY. I will be coming for the services.

    Love, Jed Manocherian

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  221. Sorry I can’t be with you. I will really miss Paul – he was always so good to me. James, Guy and I will be thinking of you all.

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