OBITUARY

Paul Edward Okum

May 2, 1946February 18, 2021

Paul Edward Okum was born on May 2, 1946 and passed away on February 18, 2021 and is under the care of Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park.

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Greg Leo

March 1, 2021

Hi Ann and Stacy,
I just learned of Paul's passing and am so sorry. I know we haven't seen each other in a while but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed our time together and will always remember Paul and his love for the horses. I hope you are doing okay.
Greg

Barbara Brinley Parmer

February 27, 2021

I dated Paul while still in the latter years of high school. Mostly, we went to his home to be with his family. His mother was a gracious and funny person. Paul was a real gentleman and I remember how we laughed and laughed. We listened to music all night long and Paul taught me how to dance. Never saw Paul after those few dates and after so many years.....sorry to hear of his passing. I’m grateful for the memories of a fun and kind gentleman.

JAMES BARBUSH

February 26, 2021

The loss of Paul Okum is felt greatly. Many years ago, in my high school days and early college days from 1966 to 1970, we were close friends and had many, many great and fun times together. With our common friend, Jim Maley who passed away many years ago, we were a jovial never-to-forget trio.

Paul's entire family was always cherished in my mind. The memories are special.

After a long absence, over 50 years, I had opportunity to call Paul several years ago. We reminisced about our times at Super Thrift Grocery Store where we met and worked. Those were special times with special people. After the phone conversation, Paul sent me the 2 books he wrote on leadership. He surely has been a true leader.

The most vivid memories of Paul and me are the ones where we laughed uncontrollably about things we did and said. I can still see Paul laughing greatly during our hilarious times. We had many good parties where we danced to the music of our time. We did our best to entertain our guests with our comedic antics, dancing, and singing.

I send my care and concern to Paul's brothers and their families. Your family is always remembered often and fondly.

I share this picture of the Super Thrift sign where we spent many good days at work with our store managers, Bob Laudermilch and Gladys Gross, and other coworkers (Jim Maley, Ruth, Betty, Vince, Joe Hopple, and others). We were quite a good crew.

Cissie Mullaney

February 24, 2021

I worked for Paul twice, first at the Federal Aviation Administration in the late 1970’s, and second at the Bureau of Land Management in the mid 1980’s. I told him once he ruined me because he was the best boss ever, and no one else would ever compare; and they never did! Because of all the training and challenges he gave me during the time he was my supervisor, when I moved on to other agencies, I exceeded and was promoted way beyond what I ever thought I’d accomplish. I give most of the credit for that to him and his willingness to see more in me than I saw in myself. I know I wasn’t the only one who benefited from his supervision and mentoring. Of course, he wasn’t all business all the time. He was kind of a nut, and we had lots of fun times in the office with some of the pranks he pulled. We kept in touch through all these years and I often relied on him for counsel, and just good conversation. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him and then to have him (and Ann) as a friend; I will miss him greatly! Rest in peace my dear friend!

John & Helen LiMarzi

February 20, 2021

So sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. Our condolences

Marv and Sue Rosenfeld

February 20, 2021

So sorry for the Okum family loss. Enjoyed talking with Paul as a neighbor.