Saturday, March 27, 2010

paul james vasquez, 1954-2010

Bob's Uncle Paul was a creative inspiration to his family--musician, actor, writer, director. He passed away yesterday after being seriously ill with cancer for about the past year. This photo is a still from Jail City,an independent film by his former student Dan Eberle. Bob's brother Paulie was a co-star, and Bob had a cameo as some hoodlum who gets offed in a mob hit. (He was really good at falling on the floor :)

This week Paul was in the hospital with hospice care--the whole family came to see him--Bob took Bobby on Tuesday--and Bob and his brother Mike played music for him all day Thursday. Bob said he made sure Paul's hand was on his guitar. Pax, Paul.

4 comments:

Amy said...

I cannot begin to imagine your pain at the loss of such an inspirational, passionate force in your life. I have known Paulie since the mid 70's when he lived in Galveston, TX. He taught me how to live. That it was ok to be me, and who I was, was a good thing. He loved me in spite of my insecurities. Although I was a child at the time, I never lost sight of the fact that I held a place in his heart and he in mine. Although it would take me a lifetime to tell you what he meant to me and how he touched my lie, I can tell you in a few short words, what a loss the world has seen this day. I'm happy to say that in his last few months in this life, I was part of his laughter. I called him with a joke at least once a week because he said "Shit, you tell people you have cancer, and all of a sudden nothins funny anymore. I like to laugh and I like jokes.". I promised then, that I would call with a joke, and he alway had one in return. I loved this man. He remains forever in my heart, and your family forever in my prayers as you are now an extention of him and forever connected to me. Peace, love and light.
Amy Satterl Carr

Amy said...

Thanks so much for this note, Amy. I let Bob know about it so he can see it, too.

Leightongirl said...

A beautiful post and such wonderful images to help us remember an important man in your life. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My name is Ben Coates. I was looking for Paul online...wanted to try and connect with him again. I'm so sorry to hear he has passed. I met Paul in 1983 in Naples Florida. I had been cast in a few shows at the Dinner Theatre there and Paul was to be my roomie. We instantly became close friends. His spirit and talent (that guy could play guitar for 3 hours straight and never have to repeat a song) were immeasurable. I may have had the best times of my theatrical life (have since been on Broadway and National tours) while there with him, and many other beautiful new friends. I'm sad today for the loss of him. I feel I should've tried to contact him years ago, but life takes us all in many different directions. My heart goes out to Vincent, who I knew as an infant. I'll always remember Paul, our nights sitting outside the apartments singing while he played the guitar, our time onstage (we did about 7 or 8 shows together), and most of all his friendship. Blessing to you all...