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1: Thank you, Paul Lyons Thanks for all of your wisdom, your friendship and guidance. Thanks for the wit, the sharp tongue, the fond memories & the tales about Texas. Thanks for giving me a real life version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride as a passenger on one of your trips to Los Angeles. Thank you for not mincing words and telling it like it is. Thank you for knowing when you're wrong and admitting to not knowing everything. Thank you for being a big kid at heart. Thank you for accepting all of us Charm School students and molding us into toughies on the job site and in the job trailers. Thank you for being you, Paul. I am thankful that I knew you and will miss you terribly, but I hope to do you proud! Susan Frieson
3: It | When those we love pass, we tend to think about the times we shared with them. My first thoughts of Paul may not be what some might think. They are thoughts of how FUNNY Paul really was, and what a great sense of humor he had. I thought about the last three or four times I have laughed so hard it hurt, and most of those times were with Paul.on the road in Boston with the Mohegan Project Team. He was really funny and I think he enjoyed his time with his colleagues out on the road. Oh sure, there was the rough and tough Paul, sundering down the halls with his colorful language and metaphors filling the office air and scaring the interns and juniors.But then there was the guy who would make me pull over to the shoulder in the middle of the 405 FWY in bumper to bumper traffic just so he could stretch his legs.or slyly say, “hey, turn off here and make a left”only to guide me to a train shop in LA on our way back from meetings. These are the memories, and a dozen more, I will keep with me. Paul was more than just a competent Architect and mentor.he was a thoughtful gentleman.and keenly funny as hell!!! I will miss him. Greg Villegas
4: I lost one of my favorite bosses yesterday. The ever colorful, "bark worse than his bite", cranky, lovable, cursing, straight shooter, chocolate loving, sweet Paul Lyons. I have so many funny memories, silly sayings and fond stories from knowing him. He touched my life, my NYLA Weekend girls' lives, my parents, the architecture world, WATG, his train society friends and countless others. He was such a character of a man and lived his life with no regrets. I miss him already but know he's carousing in heaven, probably telling God one of his famous Paulisms: "you've got a dollar waiting on a dime here!" Rest well Mr. Lyons...you are loved :) Betsy Young
5: I will miss our chats and you coming up to the 6th floor and asking for help with the scanner. I'm saddened to lose such a wonderful man...I will miss you terribly. Elena Raphael | I will miss my friend and mentor, Paul Lyons - Paul will live on in our hearts and memories Cynthia Jacobs
6: I lost a friend, mentor, partner in crime, ex boss and Father figure. You will always be an inspiration to me and forever in my heart. Evie Hampton
7: I did not know Paul anywhere near as long or as close as you all, but he was always very knowledgeable and professional. I know his peers, colleagues and family will miss him dearly as well as the Architectural profession. DeRuyter Butler, Wynn Development | Paul was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him. I loved his sense of humor...never a dull moment when he was in the place! Cindy Miller
8: I remember my first impression of Paul Lyons...it was “Wow!” Soon after Paul had returned to the office after being our “man in the field” on projects like the Venetian and Four Seasons Aviara, I was sitting on the other side of the low partition wall in the building on the Back Bay overhearing one side of a telephone conversation.....He was gently reminding the guy on the other end of the line that “we weren’t a (blankety-blank) Chinese Laundry so RFIs would NOT be answered in an hour’s time!!!!” This was also a guy who could answer an “Request for Information” with a couple of choice words written with a big black sharpie!
9: Several projects, proposals and contracts later, Paul and I had become good friends – someone from whom I not only learned a great deal but someone who delighted me with his unusual Texas-style expressions which later became known as “Paulisms”. In fact, Paul Lyons was the one who started calling me CJ and I guess it stuck. And weren’t you surprised to learn Paul collected model trains and actually chased full sized ones as they raced down the tracks? It was soon apparent that this tough guy had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. This was confirmed once we all met Dorothy, then we knew that Paul really was a lovable teddy bear. We were also pretty sure she was the one who kept him on track! (no pun intended) Paul Lyons truly was our guru and guide in the scary world of full service projects, construction administration and risk management. He was the “bad cop” to our “good cop” and he loved the role. It was comforting to know we always had Paul to go to in a sticky situation – he always new what to do and how to say it. I probably learned more from Paul Lyons about the practice of architecture than from anyone else in my career. I will miss Paul dearly but am comforted knowing he lives on in our fond memories. Dear Paul, RIP. Cynthia Jacobs - Aka “CJ” 8/18/2012
10: I was very saddened by the news of Paul's passing. Paul was one of those guys whose character spoke when he didn't. I am sure he will be remembered for the brilliant mind and inspiration he was and epitomized for the many projects he was involved with. My condolences to his loved ones and all those at WATG Donnie Ragoobar
11: I consider Paul a special person and dear friend! I worked with Paul very closely from 1999 - 2001 and we kept our friendship going all of these years. Indeed he was an exceptional person who always put the interest of the project ahead of all other interests and I respected him so much for that . His bubbly, optimistic personality definitely grows on you quickly. I am going to miss him greatly. My condolences to his wife, children and all of the WATG family! Faisal M. Dakhill
12: My first real encounter with Paul, was when his office moved to the 6th floor. I was just a little intern, working on the Encore project, sitting in the desk right outside his door. I have to admit I was a little scared at first, hearing him holler and 'talk' with contractors, but I soon learned he was really a big teddy bear. Paul was always very friendly, saying, "Good Morning" every day and "good bye" when he headed out. He frequently stopped at my desk to snack on the 'Smarties' I kept in the candy jar or called me into his office to see the new train cars he just got in the mail. I'll always remember him telling all of us girls stories about his old corvette, living in Texas, his family, etc. And on top of that, I learned a lot too! He taught me about how things are really built and should be drawn. He took time to explain to me what was going on with the project and I could always go into his office and ask him questions. I was lucky enough to work with Paul on several more projects. We have truly lost an amazing man, storyteller and teacher. I am so grateful and feel so lucky to have had the chance to know and work with him. I wish we had more time - he had so much more to share. My thoughts go out to Dorothy and his family! Stacy Hoppes
13: So many great memories of times with Paul over the years, the many funny moments interspersed with the regular doses of serious business. Paul's response to a delayed design decision "the last thing you want me to do is put on my designer's beret!" The first time that Paul and I went on an interview together for a potential new project in Las Vegas, I introduced him as WATG's junkyard dog...nothin's gonna get by him! Thank you for making the journey so darn entertaining - It won't be the same without you Ron Van Pelt
14: Paul was a very special person! A perfect WATG ambassador! Don Fairweather | I just heard the very sad news regarding Paul and was shocked and saddened. Please accept our condolences from everyone here at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Everyone enjoyed working with Paul and his forthright opinions...He will be missed! Howard Clarke
15: Paul made me smile when he entered a room. He was my "go to" guy whenever I received a phone call from an upset client. He would smile and say, "Fran, always give me these calls, you know how I love to yell at irate people." | There will never be another Paul. I will miss his huge smile and his great calming voice. He will always be an inspiration. We were blessed to have Paul but he left us too soon. My heart aches for WATG's loss, as well as mine. Fran Henderson
16: I did not get to know Paul very well; but during the few times I had a conversation with him, I got the sense that he was a very fair, honest and downright colorful individual! I enjoyed hearing from Monica that he had a saying or thought appropriate for the issue or circumstance. And, I loved the fact that he would have no problem using an expletive in the right place, at the right time, and to the right person! Rest in peace, Paul. Many, many people have fond memories of you, including me. Cristina Lanao-Rossel”
17: Paul was a great friend! We had a great working relationship which began at the Encore project with WATG. He will definitely be missed! Tghe K. Williams
18: On my first day back at the Irvine office, I was lucky enough to see and talk with Paul for the last time. This imposing, big man has a very soft and kind heart. He will always be a mentor not only to me but to all of us. I will never forget the time we traveled for a site visit out of state. After the last day of an exhausting meeting, Paul told me "Paz, I know you love seafood, so we will have dinner at the best seafood restaurant here in Georgetown!" That was how caring he was. I will always remember the fun Dorothy and I had going straight to the casino after the opening of the Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix. Dorothy, please accept my deepest condolences. We will miss this great guy! Paz Castelo
19: Paul will be missed by many, both as a friend and colleague. I enjoyed our numerous conversations regarding technical issues and how to properly solve them. He was a talented architect a true professional. Glen Ashworth | He will be missed Shannon Suess
20: I will miss "Tall Paul"! His size and stature not near as big as his heart, and belied the soft and endearing side to this great man. He was always a mentor, and always ready with a great quip - "What the hell are you doing harpooning minnows, while the whales are gliding by" was a favorite! His depth of knowledge on site and his willingness to share and mentor is a great loss to us all. My heart goes out to Dorothy and their family, but I'm so grateful I had a snippet of time with a legend! Rhonda Rasmussen
21: Over the last couple of years, Paul and I have grown close because of our situations. He has given me the strength to fight my battle full steam ahead. Paul is an awesome individual and I am so blessed to have gotten to know him. My life would not be the same without him. Laura Dondero
22: It was 2001 when I first "met" Paul. It was not in person, but by phone. We had completed a WATG project for the Atlantic City Tropicana as the specifier for SOSH Architects. Then came modifications to the property giving us our first opportunity to work directly with WATG and with Paul. We complete the first draft specifications for the porte cochere modifications - not a particularly complicated project. We submitted the draft to Paul for his review. I got the call late one afternoon. Mind you I had never met Paul. I'm not sure that I had actually talked to him before this fateful call. So I had no idea what to expect. Paul, in his typical gruff personality, began. It took only a short time to know he was furious. I can't remember why, probably because I was shocked by the call. It certainly was not a conversation because I had hardly a chance to speak before Paul hung up. All I could do is sit at my desk and wonder what did I do? I knew I couldn't let the call end as it did. After a few minutes, I collected myself, mustered lots of courage, and called him back. I didn't know if he would even take my call, but he did. I got a chance to talk this time. I explained that I could not let the call end with him hanging up out of frustration when I didn't understand the problem. To this day, I am not sure what happened just then. The entire tone changed. We had a conversation and worked through all his concerns.
23: Despite the gruff persona, I believe that return call cemented our friendship and mutual respect. I believe that Paul understood that I was just as passionate about our work as he was about his. I learned much from Paul over the next 11 years and 50 plus projects. I heard a point of view of the architect dealing with the daily issues on a construction site while trying to maintain the design intent - valuable input we rarely hear from others. The last time I saw Paul was this spring. I arranged to extend a business trip to California to say hello and to present a luncheon session for WATG. I arrived early and was sitting on the terrace, engrossed in reading email when I was politely interrupted. Paul had just arrived at work. He told me he had not felt particularly well that morning. He decided to arrive late at work because he knew I would be there. I will fondly remember our final conversation that day, not about work, rather only a conversation true friends can have. So in Paul's honor I continue to strive to meet his request from long ago. "Dave," he said, "I don't care what's on the drawings. Just give me a good spec, and I will get what I want." David Stutzman