April 16, 1924 – January 6, 2016
Paul Gaudette passed away on January 6, 2016 at home in Tucson at the age of 91.
After serving in the Army Air Corp in WWII, Paul attended the U of WA where he met first wife Betty Jacobs. They lived at Birch Bay where he helped operate the Shore Acres Roller Rink and ran the Beachcomber of Birch Bay gift shop across the street (now home to the VIA Café). In 1959, he started Beachcomber Books, a mail order business specializing in military aviation history (the shop was relocated and is now home to the Birch Bay Visitor Info Center). In 1975 Paul moved to Tucson where he continued in the book business until he retired in 2004.
Paul’s lifelong avocation was creating abstract art pieces of from a variety of materials, particularly ceramic sculptures.
Paul is survived by his wife of 35 years Carol Gaudette, sister Rosemarie (Bob) Ellis and children Chris (Susie) Gaudette, Nan (Larry) Brimmer, Gail (Jim) Thorvardson, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.