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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

OBITUARY

Paul Alexander Padien Berdoff

January 25, 1988November 11, 2019

Paul Alexander Padien Berdoff – Alex to his friends – passed away November 11, 2019 surrounded by his loving wife Faye, his mother Claire, his father Russell and his siblings Matthew, Elizabeth and David. Born in 1988 in New York City, Alex grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated from both Greenwich Country Day School and Greenwich High School before attending Tufts University where he earned degrees in Architecture and Psychology.

Alex met his beloved wife Faye in New York City in 2012 at a Halloween party where he was dressed as Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli (she was dressed as the Black Swan). Together, they moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and were married on April 29, 2017 in Brewood, England. In their seven years together, Alex and Faye shared enough love to last a lifetime.

Alex was a passionate drummer, accomplished and celebrated ultimate frisbee player (nicknamed “Twister” by his loyal Tufts E-Men family) and fan of all things Star Wars. He was kind and caring to every person he met and created new groups of friends everywhere he went. Throughout his life Alex was an enthusiastic and skilled athlete. Growing up in Greenwich he played baseball, often coached by his father Russell. In his last game in 2006 with his team trailing, Alex stole first and second base on a dropped third strike, sparking a rally that led his team to the championship. In both high school and college, Alex was a highly competitive ultimate frisbee player and helped the Tufts E-Men qualify for the National Tournament after winning the New England Regionals in 2009. Alex played music all his life and was a drummer in several bands. In high school he drummed with Void, named after Alex and his bandmates’ inability to come up with a name. He went on to form Party Hat (FKA “Interrobang”) at Tufts. A similar group then formed The Smoking Jackets, who eventually had to change their name to Every Flavor Weather Machine after realizing another band in New England by the same name was gaining more popularity on the local wedding circuit. They played all over New York City until Alex moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music management business.

Alex was recruited to California by SB Projects where he worked in marketing with artists such as Social House, The Knocks, Fancy, and Eden. His work with Martin Garrix earned a Platinum Record for the single “In the Name of Love” in 2016. He was endlessly inspired and intrigued by the development of new technology. Throughout his life, Alex was passionately involved in forward thinking ways to better implement technology in both the music industry and everyday life. He refused to ever switch to an iPhone and remained steadfast that the Droid platform was superior, converting his wife and several others in due course.

Each winter Alex helped lead a group of his closest friends to a retreat into the New England woods – the annual “Cabin” trip. In the coldest weeks of the year each December, Alex and his friends would warm the cabin with fun games, good food, lots of drinks and of course his famous drone footage. It was a trip Alex looked forward to the most each year – and one his friends will carry on in his honor.

Alex moved back to New York in 2019 after being diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in March. He spent the last nine months in treatment at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center with his wife and mother by his side every single step of the way. The entire Padien Berdoff family will be forever grateful for the skilled, impassioned and loving team at Sloan Kettering who worked tirelessly to treat Alex in the final months of his life. Visiting hours will be at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home at 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, November 15, at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 469 North Street, Greenwich, CT. A reception will be held at the Padien Berdoff home immediately following the funeral at 85 Perkins Road Greenwich, CT. All family and friends are invited to attend.

The Padien Berdoff family will sit Shiva and welcome visitors at their home at 85 Perkins Road Greenwich, CT from November 15 to November 22, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to support Ewing Sarcoma research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, or to the Tufts E-Men Ultimate Frisbee team.

A link to donate to Ewing Sarcoma research is here: http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/Alexander_Padien_Berdoff Checks, made payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, should be mailed to: Attn: Rachel Flannery Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Office of Development PO Box 27106 New York, NY 10087 Please indicate on the check that the gift is in memory of Alexander Padien Berdoff.

A link to donate to the Tufts E-Men is here: http://www.tuftsmensultimate.org/about

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2019

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Adam Battaglia

November 13, 2019

I am endlessly grateful to have met and been inspired by Alex. Clearly, a world of amazing people helped to shape this incredible human that was taken too soon. To everyone in Alex's life -- thank you for showing us all how to love on a human of this magnitude. His energy and spirit was second to none. His legacy will live on forever and ever. Miss you, buddy. Thanks for everything.

Eriko Hernandez

November 13, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of Alex's family and friends.
Faye, may you stay strong through this difficult time.
Sending lots of love.

Rob Spies

November 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear the news. I didn't know Alex (or as I knew him, "Twister") very well, but I always saw him as a fun-loving, sincere, and humble guy... someone you just want to be around. I wish I had a chance to get to know him better. Sincere condolences to all of Alex's friends and family, he will be missed.
-Rob Spies (part of Alex's Tufts E-Men family)