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Paul Richard Eggert

June 26, 1948July 18, 2014
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Paul Richard Peter Eggert, 66, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on July 18, 2014 at his home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Paul and his beloved wife Diane moved to the Birmingham area from Maryland, where they had lived for 31 years.

Paul was born on June 26, 1948 in Rochester, New York to Clarence and Helen Eggert. He grew up on Maplehurst Avenue and his family likens the street to heaven. His idyllic neighborhood was full of laughter and good times, and he could hear the zoo animals from his bedroom window. He went to Irondequoit High School and was most known for his red hair, big grin, sense of humor, and pitching no-hitters. Baseball was his passion and he lived his life a Boston Red Sox fan, being most proud of his Uncle Elmer "Mose" Eggert's time with the team. To know Paul was to hear a good baseball story or be told of his days working at Wegman's grocery store. There's even a rumor that he named his first born after a cashier at the Wegman's in Rochester. His daughter sometimes cherishes that story.

Paul attended Bowling Green University on a baseball scholarship and that is where he met the love of his life, Diane. Being one of seven children, Diane never got anything new or firsthand. Paul remedied that by purchasing her first ever new winter coat. That is the way it has gone for their almost 44 year marriage. Paul has always been proud of his time in the Navy and his long career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He was instrumental in many plant pest eradication programs and in negotiating the trade of some of everyone's favorite fruits and vegetables. A proud day for him was delivering newly imported Indian mangoes to his neighbors who had so missed their favorite fruit from their homeland.

Paul's two children, Karen and Rob, have always been his pride and joy, and he spent years coaching their sports teams, entertaining their friends, and ensuring their futures. Paul will always be remembered as the coach who let everyone play. Girls on his softball team still talk about his fairness, enthusiasm, and laughter. His son's friends remember that he never ratted them out, keeping their secrets and antics to himself, and sometimes encouraging them.

Paul is survived by his brother David Eggert, his wife Diane, his children Rob Eggert (Stephanie), and daughter Karen Templeton (Brian). Paul was Gramps to his grandchildren, or his flowers as he called them. J.D., Sydney, Cora, and Silas were all a significant part of Paul's care in the last months of his life. All four of them bounced around the house and yard keeping him smiling even in the roughest of times. They will always be told the story of how they helped heal broken hearts. Paul is also survived by four of Diane's seven siblings, and was especially grateful to his sister-in-laws Leigh Ann Barber and Stevie Pizer and aunt Martha Hawkins for all the care they provided in his final months.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 23 at Ridout's Valley Chapel Funeral Home in Homewood, Alabama at 11 a.m. with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A military burial will follow at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. For those planning on attending the service, please know that Paul will be in his favorite Hawaiian shirt, so feel free to ditch the tie and come comfortable.

Paul left with three requests: for his children to clean the garage and make sure his wife purchased a new car when it was time, and to also help further pancreatic cancer research so that others would not have to suffer. His kindness and genuine love for others has been shared around the world through his many travels and will continue. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can be made on his personal memorial page at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/karen-templeton/KeeptheMemoryAlive.

The family would like to thank the loving professionals at UAB and Gentiva Hospice, especially Jackie Angelos, Reita Mason, and Theresa Rose Harris.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Reception Will Follow the Service, A Private Family Graveside Service Will Be At
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Bridget Smith

August 11, 2014

Karen and family, I am sorry for your loss of your sweet Dad. My Dad and your dad use to talk on the metro some days going to work. Our Dad's has similar jolly good humored spirits. My Dad always told me when he talked to your Dad and he would update me on how you were doing. Keep all the good times close to your heart and he will never leave you. He is with you always.

Tom Miller

July 26, 2014

Hello Diane and Family,
Our Friend Will May has kept me informed of Paul's battle; I mourn your loss. We served together in Scotland. He will be remembered as a Great Guy. Your Family will remain in our prayers.
May God Bless You.

July 25, 2014

Diane - I was just visiting the Caring Bridge site and your picture popped up. I followed it to Paul's site and was shocked to learn of his death. I am so sorry for all you have been through. What a terrible, terrible loss. I am glad you had such wonderful love. I hope that brings you great strength in the weeks ahead.

Love,
Margie Mathison Hance

Bill Gimpel

July 24, 2014

To Diane and Paul's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul was a "good guy." It was always a pleasure to interact with Paul. I will retain very fond memories of him and work to support Pancreatic cancer research to remedy this horrific disease. Thanks for the memories Paul.

Stephen Johnson

July 23, 2014

You knew when Paul was in the room. He reached out to so many in USDA, state departments of agriculture and industry. He communicated with foreign dignataries using baseball to open discussions and new trade. Paul always new the budget and the bottom line. May God bless him and his family.

Stephen V. Johnson
Fort Collins, Colorado

Denise Eggert

July 23, 2014

It was just recently that we were able to reconnect to Cousin Paul ( my father's first cousin ) . I will always be in awe of Diane's loving devotion. I am glad to have been able to give him birthday greetings and wishes for his 66th Birthday which he recently celebrated . I can still remember Paul and Diane as an engaged couple and attending their wedding as a young teenager . I can remember how much in love they were and how kind and genuine they both were to everyone . It is obvious that Cousin Paul lived life of quality . He continued to extend his generosity of spirit , his kindness and his zeal towards everyone throughout his entire life . His friends , his old coworkers and staff - and his family - his wife Diane , his son Rob and his wife Stephanie , his daughter Karen and her husband Brian - and his grandchildren J.D., Sydney , Cora and Silas are living legacies of his magnitude of character and his love . Prayers and condolences . I wish that I was closer to attend his service but please know that I'm there in spirit and in my prayers .

Randall, Whitney & Elaina McMillen

July 22, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Paul had such a sweet spirit. His kindness touched our family along with everyone he encountered. He was quite a funny character and his laughter was contagious. Paul loved each one of you to pieces and how proud he was of his wife, kids and grands were so obvious in his stories. We were all blessed to have known him, but y'all were extra blessed to be his family. I hope y'all can find peace in the memories and stories you share. He lives on in all our hearts. Sending a constant stream of love and light.

Mike Smith

July 22, 2014

On behalf of the National Detector Dog Training Center, we are extremely saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Because of Paul's unyielding support for the canine program, we now occupy one of the finest canine training facilities in the nation. You will be dearly missed Paul. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.

Mary Mahaffey

July 22, 2014

I am so sorry for you loss. He was a bright star in the PPQ family as well as yours.

Faith Taylor

July 22, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was an intrumental player in my getting my start in the government. I was in my interview with Ellen Franzak, he came walking in, started combing his hair and introduced himself as Ellen's son. He then proceeded to tell Ellen to hire me. He was so funny, yet so kind with comforting words when needed. He will be sorely missed but knowing he is with our maker and we will see him again is comforting as well.

Love Faith