Paul Fleischauer 1942 - 2009 With family by his side, Paul Fleischauer passed away peacefully before dawn on October 7. Born in Buffalo, New York, he moved to California to earn a PhD in Chemistry from USC in 1968. After a short stay in Italy as a postgraduate at the University of Rome, Paul returned the following year to southern California to work for the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he met his wife, Marlene and soon after started a family. He retired after 35 years as Principal Scientist/Director in 2004. During his life, Paul loved to watch and play golf and basketball. A devoted father and community volunteer, he participated on both soccer and little league boards and could often be seen on the field as coach and/or referee. At times, he would assume the role of a "Mister Wizard" with demonstrations on chemistry magic for his children's class, or be seen at Hometown Fair as "bar-keep" or garden "security guard". As an active member of the Episcopal community, he embraced the St. Cross parish and people. As a family man, Paul loved quiet times with his wife and kids at home as much as he loved energetic holiday trips to Mammoth. Paul will be remembered for his kind and gentle manner behind a radiant smile. He was always the humble gentleman with a rare gift of accomplishing tasks with intelligence and speed, and, if needed, with peacemaking abilities to smooth out tenuous situations. But mostly, he will be remembered as a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Marlene; daughter Melissa; son Michael; nephews Andrew and Erik. Paul was taken from us far too soon.... he was a wonderful and kind man who loved life and loved people. Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, (1818 Monterey Blvd) to celebrate and remember the life of Paul, husband, father, and friend. Please go to the mortuary's website, Send the family messages, share memories, obtain directions to services.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was a lovely and wonderful man. I am honored to have known him and worked with him in AYSO. He was a tough act to follow as RC. His temperament was so well suited for the ups and downs of managing a youth sports league. And he had vision to understand what was needed in terms of resources for the league to deal with its growth as more children joined. He worked hard for years to secure more fields for play in MB and HB so that “everyone plays”. We are all better off because of Paul and we will all be the worse for his passing. Much love,

  2. Marlene Missy Mike, so very sorry to hear about Paul.I always thought of him as a quality good guy.It was great working with him in Region18. Whay Maggie said is so true

  3. Marlene, Missy and Michael Very sad news indeed, Paul and I shared some very good times on the pitch as fellow referees and he was always a true gentleman! We’ll miss him! Eduard & Dragica Morf, Alex and Marius

  4. Dear Marlene, Melissa, and Michael, I was very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a very supportive referee and administrator when I first starting reffing 15 years ago. I always admired his calm, cheerful and positive demeanor, and I saw that in his children. We fondly remember how touched we were when Missy and Jill Raycroft warmly welcomed us to the neighborhood when we first moved to Laurel and 23rd Street. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Sincerely, Ann and Mike Pitts

  5. Marlene, Missy and Mike: Our deepest sympathy at the loss of Paul. We share your grief at the untimely passing of such a wonderful person.

  6. Dear Marlene, Melissa and Mike. Very sad news about Paul. I worked with him in softball and AYSO,and he was one of the ones that really cared about the kids. His volunteer time in these activities was like a full time job, Manhattan Beach will miss Paul.

  7. I (Stuart) first met Paul at the University of Southern California in 1964 when Paul and I both worked for Professor Arthur Adamson in the Chemistry Department. Paul was a graduate student and I was a postdoctoral fellow. We immediately struck up a strong friendship which lasted until his untimely death. Paul and his family visited us in Norwich England around 1993. We had a most enjoyable time and showed him some of the sights of Norfolk including Norwich, and some of the old churches and abbeys. We last met Paul and his family in 1998 in Colorado when we (Stuart and Marigold) were working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and Paul and Marlene brought Melissa to the University of Colorado to begin her studies there. We have so many happy memories of Paul and were so sad to hear of his passing.

  8. Paul and I roomed together at Chi Psi fraternity at Wesleyan University. I am deeply saddened by his death. I found about this because I wanted to reestablish contact with him. My most sincere condolences to his family. He was a very fine person. Larry French

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