Thursday, July 28, 2005

Goodbye Paul

Duncan received some very sad news last night. His friend Paul Zoumberis passed away last night. He and his wife Stephanie were in a car accident on July 16th, and he has been in ICU ever since. Stephanie and Paul would have celebrated their first anniversary in October. He has a daughter, Taylor, from a previous relationship.

Zoom and Duncan have been friends since they were about six years old. This Saturday, Zoom and his wife Stephanie were going to have a church ceremony and Duncan was going to be one of Zoom's groomsmen. There are so many stories that Duncan tells about his friends, and Zoom is in so many of them. They went out together on every birthday. Paul is the reason that Duncan and I are together today, really. The first time I saw Duncan after he came home from Georgia Southern, he came into Applebee's with Zoom. I had been friends with Zoom in high school and recognized him immediately. I knew Duncan, too, but I didn't recognize him at first. I wound up going to Smoke's with them that night at Zoom's invitation, and Duncan and I eventually started dating.

I know that many of the people who will visit this page did not know Paul, but he was one of the funniest and most affectionate men I have ever been fortunate enough to know. I know that everyone who knew him will miss him greatly, and that he will leave a very large whole in our hearts that will take a long time to heal. Please say a prayer for his wife Stephanie and his daughter Taylor, even if you do not know them, as life will be harder for the both of them now.


At 8:44 PM, October 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Paul very, very well. I was his girlfriend at Valdosta State University. He was incrediably special to me and it pains me to know that he is gone and I never got to say good bye.

Your words are kind and you describe him perfectly. He was an amazing man.

Kelly Harper Cornelius

At 3:43 PM, November 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too knew Paul....he was my brother-in-law. For me,this is especially difficult...Not only did we lose a brother, but Paul was one of a kind. He treated my sister like "she hung the moon and stars"....which in his eyes she did. In their short time together, they shared what most search their entire lives for...what we all dream of! There is no replacement for that. There are no words to console, no words to ease the pain...ever. The worst part is that they were hit on the way to a shower myself and sister were giving them....Too many what ifs and the most unfair moment of any of our lives. Yes, Paul was loved...and always will be!

At 6:35 PM, April 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul was definately one of a kind. Paul always deserved the kind of happiness that he found with your sister. It eases my heart to know that he had a chance to know that, even for a short while. He gave more of himself than anyone I've ever known. He taught by example, and I learned a lot about life and love from him.

My heart goes out to your sister.

At 12:43 AM, February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im taylor, his daughter... to this day, i have not gotten over my daddy's death... i try to be strong and not let people see me cry... he was the best person i have ever known and i will always love him.

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