Tuesday, February 8, 2011
RIP Paul White: Bakersfield educator, fitness buff
Was saddened to hear of the death of Paul White Tuesday morning. Apparently Paul was doing what he loved - riding bikes with a group of friends over Round Mountain outside of Bakersfield - when he suffered a massive, fatal heart attack around 11 a.m.. Paul was slim and trim but had a history of heart ailments. He retired from the Panama Buena Vista School District where he served as principal at Sandrini Elementary and as head of personnel for the district. Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Paul was 64.
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I never got to ride with Paul, but heard a lot about his adventures from his son, Brad. Though I am sad for Brad and his family, I take comfort that Paul died on his bike, doing what he loved on a beautiful Bakersfield day. I am sure he will be missed.
Paul was a great friend and mentor. Paul took me to my first college football game at the Rose Bowl to watch the Bruins. I never think he realized what a profound effect that experience had on the course of my life. He touched many other lives in the same way. Paul was a great friend, I always enjoyed talking sports with Paul whether it was after church or around town, he always took the time to find out what was going on in your life. I know he will be greatly missed by all.
This is sad news. I would see him around Bagels and Blenderz drinking coffee with his friends after bike rides. Knew him well enough to nod politely, perhaps say hi on occasion. A very nice man, taken from this world way too soon.
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