Louis (Lindy) Paul, former athletic director of the Jewish Community Center in Omaha, passed away recently in Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Paul and Robert Fiese of Los Angeles, and Judy Paul and Chuck Farguson of Phoenix; grandchildren: Chase and Jenna; and sister, Sylvia Kushner of Lincoln.
He was born in Chicago in 1926, and met his first wife, Barbara Wise of Omaha, at a JCC camp where she was a camp counselor, and he was the camp Director. He owned small businesses in Nebraska, and eventually moved his family to Marin County, California, in 1977, to enjoy warmer weather. He purchased a Swensen’s Ice Cream franchise in Berkeley. Eventually, he sold it and moved to Phoenix in 1991 to be with his grandchildren. He was a volunteer with the Big Brothers Association for 20-plus years and devotedly raised money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He loved sports and played handball until he was 80. He played Fantasy Baseball for the San Francisco Giants and befriended Willie Mays, Lefty Gomez and other baseball players. His heroes were Jackie Robinson and Lou Gehrig. He also loved music and was a fan of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. In Phoenix, he owned a vending machine business until he was 85.
In memory of her father, and to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, Judy will participate in the Chicago Marathon this fall, and the family has requested that memorials be sent to act.alz.org (click on ‘AlzStars’; then type in Judy’s name in ‘Find an Athlete.’). Memorials may also be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.