Paul Ray Gilmore
August 20, 1954 – June 18, 2020
Paul Ray Gilmore, P.E., resident of Mesa Arizona, passed away on June 18, 2020, in Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 65. Paul Gilmore was born August 20, 1954 in Columbus, NE. Paul graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went on to earn his M.B.A. from California Polytechnic State University. Paul followed in the footsteps of his father as an accomplished civil engineer, along with his two brothers. Paul was a successful registered professional engineer in the states of Arizona and California. He had more than 30 years of civil engineering and project management experience. Paul loved being a civil engineer. Paul moved from California to Arizona in 1997. He worked as a consultant for five years for W.C. Scoutten, a local municipal engineering firm. At W.C. Scoutten, Paul provided contract city engineering services for several cities throughout the state of Arizona. Prior to working for W.C. Scoutten, Paul was a principal and part owner of ASL Consulting Engineers and then a regional director for Tefra Tech following their acquisition of ASL. After being a consultant for seven years for the city of Tolleson, Paul became Tolleson’s City Engineer in 2009 and held that position until his untimely death. In addition to his role as City Engineer, Paul has also served as the chief Building Official for the city of Tolleson. His dedication to the city of Tolleson and knowledge of the industry contributed significantly to the city’s success, a source of pride for anyone affiliated with Tolleson. Paul lived his life with honor and integrity. He chose to be happy; he had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Paul was a quiet, reserved, professional man, always appropriate. He had the kindest soul and a beautiful warm smile. Paul took great pride in his “nifty fifty” pick up, his F-150 (400k + miles), his Harley and his latest pride & joy, his Tesla. Paul enjoyed his Sea-do’s, road trips and traveling. Paul loved his dogs and had several throughout his life. Favorite move of all time was Tombstone from which he quoted lines frequently, and, of course, this native Nebraskan never missing a Huskers game. Paul was an expert “DIY” project master and an accomplished home renovator/remodeler. As Paul would say “there’s perfect and then there’s not”. Paul was a loving devoted husband to his wife Janet for 21 years. Sadly, she passed after a long struggle with cancer. Paul was at her side, loving and caring for her throughout her battle. Paul found happiness again with his forever love and wife, Theresa Snider Gilmore. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Bruce and Velma Gilmore. Paul leaves behind his wife, Theresa, and her family; his sister, Linda Slycord (Doug), West Des Moines, IA.; brothers, Keith Gilmore (Denise), David Gilmore (Joy), Columbus NE; sister-in-law Sandy and Bob Elliott, Rowland Heights, CA. He had 6 nieces and nephews and 7 grand nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by so many; loving family, great friends, esteemed colleagues. Paul’s memorial service will be held on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa, AZ followed by a celebration of life at Paul and Theresa’s home in Las Sendas, Mesa, AZ.
- Arizona Humane Society
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Paul Ray Gilmore
October 8, 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to Invite you and all of Paul's esteemed associates at The City of Telleson to his celebration of life. The service will be held at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 400 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206 at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. I want to welcome all of you to Paul's home following the service to honor Paul in a celebration of his life .
Please respond, if possible, with an RSVP by text so that we may celebrate with dinner and drinks.
I would welcome any and all of you that would like to say a few words in celebration of Paul. I also welcome any pictures or special memorabilia you may want to share.
Theresa Snider Gilmore
August 20, 2020
Uncle Paul, thinking of you today. Today is your birthday and I wish you could be here to celebrate with your family and friends. Although I know you're with loved ones in Heaven, we miss you. We will honor and celebrate the legacy you and Aunt Jan built. We will raise a galss in your honor tonight. Love, Treasha, Brian and Sheala
August 20, 2020
Happy Birthday, Paul. It seems strange to say that on the day your ashes will be buried. However I know you will probably have the greatest celebration ever. I picture you surrounded by so many loving family members. I will light a candle for you. We will do our best to carry out your wishes. Love, Your Sister.
August 10, 2020
Paul’s last visit with his Dad, Bruce.
August 10, 2020
I would personally like to thank all of Paul’s wonderful friends and family for all the beautiful memories of such a wonderful amazing man. It is true Paul was A hard worker, brilliant and had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He was so loving and kind.
In regards to Paul’s father, Bruce, (who unfortunately passed away in January of this year). Paul Indeed had a great respect and admiration for his father. Bruce was also a successful engineer. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting this wonderful man, along with Paul’s siblings, when Paul and I went back to Nebraska in the fall for a huskers game. The one thing Paul’s father, Bruce said to me looking me straight in the eyes pointing his finger at Paul was, “I want him happy.” I can honestly say I did make him happy. Not a tough job/request he was the most easy-going man I have ever known.
Again, thanks to everyone for your kind words and sweet memories of this amazing man.
He will be missed by so many.
May he Rest In Peace ❤️
Harold & Andrene Wilson
August 9, 2020
We are Paul's northern friends from Canada. Our condolences to Paul's family. He was an intelligent and kind man who had a great sense of humour. We enjoyed our yearly visits and the discussions that ensued. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a friend that has left us with indelible memories. Paul, you will be missed by all who knew you and may your family cherish the memories.
August 8, 2020
Thank you , Woody, for your kind words and memories of our brother. He was very much like our Dad. Hard working and a man of his word. He planned to work til age 70 but his plan was cut short. You can take a man out of the MidWest but you can’t take the MidWest out of the man. He loved his family, his roots, and friends. We will keep his promises and memories close.
August 8, 2020
I am very saddened to learn of Paul's passing. I first met Paul when he was a customer of the City of Tolleson representing a developer. I grew to respect him as a talented engineer who passionately served his client. Years later we became co-workers and, more importantly, friends. I hated to lose him when he became Tolleson's city engineer, but loved the way his career path took him back to the city we both had such a fondness for. We kept in touch, but not as often as we should have. We usually met for lunch at Black Angus where he would invariably have an undercooked steak sandwich. But, that was Paul, a Midwestern meat and potatoes guy with a heart as big as the country he came from. And, an easy way of making me laugh with his offbeat sense of humor. He would tell me stories about his father continuing to come to work every day long past the time when most people would have retired. Although I never knew Paul's father, I saw the same work ethic and devotion in Paul. Just an all around great guy, and I miss him.
July 8, 2020
So loved this witty smart guy though we didn’t see each other often! Gone too soon and pleased to know he contributed much to his communities! Rest easy cuz!! Sandy
July 4, 2020
We were shocked and sadden to hear about Uncle Paul. Paul was a great guy and will be truly missed. Paul liked to have fun and there are so many great memories from golf in Palm Springs, Sea Doo fun in Lake Havasu to the famed Gilmore Olympics at the house in Mesa. Paul was a wonderful husband to my Aunt Jan. They had a great life together and are now both resting in peace. We were looking forward to seeing Paul more often as my parents planned to move to Las Sendas in the future. Our condolences to Paul’s family and his wife Theresa.
Treasha, Brian and Sheala
July 2, 2020
Our family has had so much loss this year. First our dad, Bruce Gilmore; then our uncle , Roger Gilmore; and now , so unexpectedly and suddenly our brother, Paul. We are all numb from his death. He was just sharing his happiness and plans for the future and then he’s gone. Our condolences to Theresa. Our prayers for our brother.
July 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to my sweet friend, Paul's wife, Theresa her family and Paul's family. I never had the chance to meet Paul but I do know that my sweet friend Theresa has lived the reality of her dream come true. Her words spoken showed all of us how very much in love she was and how happy she was with Paul. I am so very sorry for the loss of Paul. My heart aches for you.
Robert and Victoria Fuller
June 29, 2020
We offer our deepest sympathy to family and friends as we struggle through the sadness of losing Paul.
The heart never forgets...
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
June 26, 2020
I was very saddened to hear the news of Paul's passing. I know my sister in law Theresa was so very happy to have found such a wonderful, loving man to marry and share this life with. I'm prayerful that the many warm memories they shared will be a comfort to see her through these difficult days. To all of Paul's family and friends, my condolences to you as well. Praying God's comfort and peace over you all.
June 26, 2020
In the very short year that I knew Paul i found him to be a very kind & gentle man with so meany good qualities. Theresa & Paul loved each other so very much. We had Paul as a Son- In -Law for such a short time. Theresa there aren’t any words to express how sorry i am for the loss of the Love of your Life & I know Paul felt the same for you. My condolences to Paul’s family & friends.
June 25, 2020
I feel so very blessed to have gotten to know Paul Gilmore this past year. Theresa, his wife - my sister-in-law, loved him with all her heart. Paul was a kind, genuine man - so talented, so confident, an accomplished engineer, and obviously so in love with Theresa. Everyone that knew him saw the goodness and quiet strength he possessed. My sincerest, deepest condolences to all of the many people who knew and loved him - his peers at the City of Tolleson, our combined families , his neighbors and friends. God bless each of you.
June 24, 2020
Joyce and I were deeply saddened and shocked upon learning of Paul's passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Theresa and his family in Nebraska. We will miss his presence, his friendship, his smile, his laughter and his sense of humor. God Bless Paul. We take comfort in all the fond memories that he left for us all. What an honor to have known him and share in his friendship for the time that we had together. What a wonderful man. Rest in peace my friend. Love, Jim & Joyce
June 24, 2020
To my sweet husband Paul. I love you and I miss you so very much.
Paul you are/were the most amazing man I have ever had the privilege and honor to know❤️.
You, my sweet love, had the kindest soul, you had a calmness/sweetness about you that was so peaceful to be around. You had such a quick wit and a great sense of humor. You were always so appropriate. I loved your quiet strength and your gentle ease. I hope you know how much you were loved by so many. Your friends, your peers with The City of Tolleson, your neighbors, our friends & family. I am touched by the outpouring of support and love I have gotten from so many.
Paul, my love, you were so smart, so intelligent and sooooo kind. You made me feel like no other, so special, so loved, so cared for.
You always had the sweetest smile when you would say. “ honey, you’re my wife”. When ever I would feel anxious you would always say “honey, were married, nothing is ever going to happen to you”. We had so much fun arguing who was luckier to have found the other. I win, I was the luckiest to have found you, my sweet forever love❤️💔
I heard a song yesterday, Goodbye Girl, by David Gates, Bread, haven’t heard it in years. I swear you we’re sending those words to me. We are apart now but we will be together again.
I will love you forever and miss you more than words can express❤️
June 23, 2020
Very sorry to hear the news of Paul's passing! Thoughts and prayers for all his friends and family - Doug Carrig CHS Class of "72"
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