Anderson, Paul

Paul L. Anderson

April 5, 1954 - March 1, 2018

Paul Leslie Anderson of Celina, Texas passed away on March 1, 2018 in New York City, NY at the age of 63.  He was born on April 5, 1954 to Don and Virginia (Armstead) Anderson in Dallas, Texas.  Paul was bigger than life in everything he did. Whether it was fly fishing in Colorado, skiing in Wyoming, diving for sand dollars in the Caribbean or practicing his gun skills at the range, he was a giant.

Paul loved to travel and would venture anywhere from Nicaragua to Turks and Caicos. He thrived on the adventure of a new destination. Paul spent half his life as a Dallas firefighter and I can truly say he was the bravest man, but would never admit it. That's what made him, Paul. Paul was full of life and his smile and laugh were contagious. He loved family time and entertaining the little ones as Santa or at Halloween as the "gas man". Only Paul could make so many feel comfortable and special. He never asked if you needed help, he just always rose to the occasion and did what needed to be done. Caring and giving with a heart of gold, that was Paul. Paul's life was way too short but God needed his warrior home. He was loved by so many but none more than his best friend and wife, Denice. He is etched in the hearts of so many and he left his impression on so many. I love you and we will meet again.

Paul is survived by his loving wife Denice Hlavenka of Celina, Texas; and numerous loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 N. Greenville Avenue, Allen, Texas 75002.  A rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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Paul was my cousin, same age as myself. As a child, we often visited the Anderson's ranch in Lake Dallas. They had a large ranch with horses, motorcycles, stock ponds, and a wonderful family life. Paul and I spent many hours together fishing, shooting, and just hanging out. Although we didn't see much of each other as adults, I remember Paul as a kind, soft spoken soul who shared some of my best times growing up. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. Kermit Beird, August 21, 2019 It was an honor and privilege to know Paul. He was a special man. I remember the first time I met him. He was a person you instantly liked. Denice, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you.
Jimmie, March 9, 2018 So sorry for your loss. Sounds as though he was a great person to love. You are in my prayers. Doris Shockley, March 8, 2018 Dear Denice: My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, concerning the death of your husband. May your wonderful memories of him be in your heart forever. I pray that God gives you the spirit, courage and support during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Melinda Hlavenka Melinda Hlavenka, March 7, 2018 Denise, I remember you from many years back when we worked at the State Farm office at Preston/Campbell and your office in Pottsboro, when I lived at Texoma. I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you. Sincerely, Kemp Willard, Plano, Tx. Kemp Willard, March 6, 2018 Denice, Please accept our sympathy of the passing of Paul. Hugs and much love to you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort and strength. May Paul rest in peace. Amen. Diane and David Girard, March 6, 2018 We miss you terribly good friend. Until we meet again Lynn and Marlyn Marlyn, March 6, 2018 Paul, you were so loved by many and will be very missed. You were the best and I was so lucky to have known you. Lynn Mcinnis, March 6, 2018