San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home

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December 10, 1936August 25, 2019

PAUL R TOULMIN was born on December 10, 1936 and passed away on August 25, 2019.


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Walter Sykes

September 17, 2019

I desire to associate myself with Jon's expression. Paul was a delight backstage.

Jon W. Kirchanski

September 13, 2019

Paul became a dear, supportive friend when I joined the Lamplighters backstage in 1996 and later became a stage manager for a number of productions thru 2001. I'll never forget the endless fine vintage wines he produced out of those boxes he always had on hand!

Bev Sykes

September 13, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Paul's death. He was a Lamplighter friend of many years, even before he became the ticket taker and wine supplier. He was always such a pleasant person who gave great hugs. I hope he is having a good reunion with our Lamplighter friends who have gone before im.

Barbara Heroux

September 11, 2019

Paul was also a great friend of Lamplighters Music Theatre. Back when we were at Presentation Theater he was always the front-of-house ticket-taker, greeting patrons with that uniquely gruff/personable manner. He volunteered at all our fundraisers and donated wonderful bottles of spirits for auctions. He was one of a kind, and will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. Please let us know when services are planned; some Lamplighters singers will want to help give him a proper send-off.

Stacy Campbell

September 6, 2019

Paul was the Real Deal at KQED. A true friend, honest, genuine, knowledgeable and always helpful without hesitation! Wonderful sense of wry humor with that sparkle in his eyes full of mischievousness. His instructional signs were enlightening and legendary for all. Paul, you were the best KQED Docent and Event Buddy ever! Mahalo

Ronald Bozek

August 29, 2019

I met Paul in the early 1990s while working at KQED. He was absolutely one of my favorite people there! We would work pledge drives together, and man did we have the best time. There was something about his lighthearted, raspy crankiness that made him such a wonderful character. You just couldn't not love Paul. Occasionally, we would be at a KQED event, where wine was being served. If Paul had a few glasses, there was sure be some interesting stories he would tell! Some would make you blush. I loved every one of those tales. I was a better person for knowing him. I will always cherish those times I got to spend with him. Paul was KQED. Rest in peace, my friend.

Joanne Carli

August 29, 2019

Paul was one of those people that come into your life that affects it in many ways. You loved him, hated him, laughed with him, cried with him, was sad and happy at the same time. I had the privilege to know Paul for the many years I was a volunteer at KQED and then as an employee. Paul was the go to person whenever we had a call in Membership with questions about a radio program. He always knew the answer. I do not think there was a time when he could not help a member. Whenever I brought my family to KQED he was one of the first people I would introduce . He was always so kind to them and me. Even after he retired he still volunteered during pledge. His knowledge, care and respect for KQED will not be replaced. And, I'm sure Heaven now has a better recycling program... Hugs my friend....

Leesa Richter

August 29, 2019

What can I say.....Paul did it all. After retiring he still helped out as a docent and helped set up the food for all of our pledge drives. I will miss his dedication, his dry humor, his kindness, and his own "Paul" kind of crankiness especially if we didn't compost and recycle correctly or if a volunteer took too much food. Good times...this will be my first pledge drive without you. RIP and know you made a difference and will be missed!!

Jak Kazmarek

August 29, 2019

Paul was one of my daily check ins walking the building at KQED. He would give me the updates on the plumbing and trash with all the history and details. Paul was on point with letting you know which was the better red of the selections that day and who was around the building causing ‘trouble’. He was KQED’s resident uncle, making sure everyone was taken care of with a little twinkle if getting away with someone. I deeply treasured my time with Paul.

Scott Shafer

August 29, 2019

I don’t remember who got to KQED first, Paul Toulmin or me. It’s hard to remember the place without him. But Paul’s outsized personality, his unique brand of cranky kindness, his growly voice and his loyal devotion to KQED (and recycling!) will always be fondly remembered by me and all my colleagues. Condolences to his family and circle of friends.