We are heartbroken. Our friend and colleague Paul Street passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Paul’s death has left us shocked and devastated, looking for ways to cope with this great loss and finding some solace in sharing our memories of Paul. He had a way of making everyone feel at ease. Nothing could startle him. He was generous and careful with people’s feelings.

If you visited Sprout or gave us a call over the past year and a half, you probably talked to Paul. We’re sure you remember his kindness and good humor.

Paul came to Sprout after what sounded like several lifetimes worth of enviable experiences. Crisscrossing the country touring with the Bluecoats marching band. Hitchhiking his way to punk rock shows up and down the East Coast. Holding down the fort at the Quiet Storm during its early days. Raising hell as a supporter of the Seattle Sounders FC. Raising the Jolly Roger as a Pirates season ticket holder. Living and working in more States than anybody could count or keep track of. Paul had friends everywhere and somehow found a way to keep those precious connections alive.

Paul was a vital part of our lives since joining the Sprout staff in June 2014. He was much more to us than his title Business Manager suggested. He was the one we saw first when we arrived in the morning. The one who kept us fueled and fed and happy. The one who had a story for every occasion. The one who kept our engine humming. You got the sense that outside of the workday, his life was rich and full of joy.

While at Sprout, Paul completed a Masters in Accounting from Chatham University and set up his own business, Street Accounting. He talked often of his motivation to make a career in accounting as a way to empower everyday people in a world dominated by finance. To this end, Paul worked as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant, helping hundreds of people navigate the complexities of filing their taxes for free. And he went out of his way to coach Sprout project leaders on budgeting, purchasing, and reporting so that they could make the most of their grants.

Every one of us felt loved and cared for by Paul. We already miss him dearly and will think of him often. Our thoughts are with Paul’s daughter, his partner Emily, and his friends and family.

Friends will be received Friday, January 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, 1014 California Avenue, Avalon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to support Paul’s daughter, Maggie. Please visit gofundme.com/maggiestreet for additional information.