Porpon Pichanusakorn

July 11, 1983January 1, 2011

Mr. Porpon Pichanusakorn, age 28 passed away January 1, 2011 in Knoxville, TN from injuries sustained in a kayaking accident. A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2:00pm at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill. H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill in honored to be serving the family of Mr. Pichanusakorn. In lieu of flowers, we would like the guests to instead contribute to any one of the following donations: 1) Georgia State University Paul Pichanusakorn Whitewater Memorial Fund Appreciation Letter & Tax Deductible Receipt mailed to all donors. Mail To: Paul Pichanusakorn Memorial Fund, Attn: Carson P.O. Box 3975, Atlanta, GA 30302-3975 Checks payable to: GSU Foundation; Memo/For: In memory of Paul Pichanusakorn GSU Online: Designation: "Other"; Other: "02088". 2) Atlanta Whitewater Club website: Select Donate at bottom left. Mail To: Atlanta Whitewater Club PO Box 11714 Atlanta, GA 30355-1714 3) Georgia Canoeing Association, Inc. Mail To: PO Box 7023, Atlanta GA 30357 4) American Whitewater Mail To: PO Box 1540, Cullowhee, NC 28723 Website: Or become a volunteer as Paul had in the past.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 8, 2011

Porpon Pichanusakorn

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Sandy McDiarmid

January 24, 2011

I was very sad to hear of Porpon's death.
I taught him in Melbourne and after 14 years his smile and personality have stayed with me. A lovely young man, he was pleasure to know.

Jerry Jascomb

January 13, 2011

I met a smiling, enthusiastic young man at Sea Ventures for Winter rolling, and introduced myself. He was easy going, and seemed passionate about the sport so I would always chat with him on subsequent nights and offer some friendly pointers. I was stunned to hear that it was Paul who had died on the Tellico - when I saw the photos, I knew it was him - he was memorable and made an impression, as it sounds like he did with everyone he encountered. I am very saddened over this tragedy, and extend sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Diane and Mark Neisler

January 8, 2011

It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Peter Fitzpatrick

January 8, 2011

I met Paul last year as I was begining my first roll practices. He was so friendly and helpful I felt very encouraged. I was able to paddle with him several times on the Natahalla, one trip he was the leader for the GCA. His spirit and attitude was so positive it always felt good to be around him. Peter Fitzpatrick

aaron ganulin

January 8, 2011

"i had the HONOR of working with paul, he was a stand up guy. if it wasnt for him, me and my family would be homeless.he truley was a life saver. his smile and laugh will be never forgotten.

Peter L

January 8, 2011

I had the opportunity to meet Paul at ORGT pool session this past season. He was very enthusiastic and willing to help any and all.. It sucks sometimes that we loose friends but we all know that the Good ones go first.

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
John Muir

Godspeed Paul.

Ia-on Yong

January 8, 2011

I met Porpon (Kai) while attending Georgia State University. He had approached me and others and suggested to save money by buying one Finance workbook and making multiple copies of it. From there on, we became good friends and spent many days and nights studying, working on projects and occasionally partying.
Good day or bad day, Porpon always had a smile on his face. Constantly, looking for things to do…to try…so passionate about learning.
I relocated for better opportunities and we hadn’t seen each other in years; yet, reading his Facebook postings, I was always happy to know that he was doing so well and had found a new passion - kayaking.

Porpon, today, I wish I could be there to pay my last respects to you. You were truly one of a kind and I will miss you old friend.

Rick Thompson

January 7, 2011

Rick Thompson

January 7, 2011

Fred K

January 7, 2011

Paul was never to be seen without a smile on his face. His dedication and enthusiasm towards paddling was remarkable, as was his zest for life in general. I wish I had been able to get to know him better, he will be greatly missed. May his memory live strong in all our hearts and minds, may his family and friends find peace.