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Paul Valle-Riestra
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1959
  • Date of passing: May 26, 2011
Let the memory of Paul be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Paul Valle-Riestra, 52, born on May 13, 1959 and passed away on May 26, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Alice Valle-Riestra on 27th May 2016

"We lost you 5 years ago, but you weren't lost... we were.  It doesn't seem possible that life could go on without you but Jenna will be starting her Junior year of college and has already written for 2 magazines and Cara will start High School and has traveled to Nicaragua.  I hope you're proud of us.  I think of you all the time and imagine I still have your support.  Love you forever..."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Kramer on 26th May 2016

"Paul was my friend.  Paul was my mentor.  Paul was and will always be Killer.  I miss my friend, mentor, and favorite Killer, but when I think about him, I always smile."

This tribute was added by Pat Vlnar on 26th May 2016

"I did not know Paul personally, but I know Alice.  I have seen, mostly on line, their girls grow up.  Alice and the girls are certainly testaments to how wonderful Paul was.  His coworkers and friends and family also speak to his true giving character.  I feel I am less for not having known him, but know that the community and those he served in the community he served are better off for his service."

This tribute was added by Brad Rovanpera on 26th May 2016

"Time passes, but memories remain. I will always have nothing but warm and happy memories of Paul. He was simply the best and I will miss him always. My love and warmest wishes to you, Alice, and the girls as you observe this poignant milestone."

This tribute was added by STEVE WHOLISTIC on 26th May 2016

"Missing you heaps, Paul.  Perhaps not appropriate here, but is there anything you can do to help out your stumbling Warriors?  Maybe some 'more conventional' forearm shiver advice to Draymond Green, et al (recalling Matt Sears' tribute to your 'on-court' demonstration many yrs ago;-)  Of course, your Giants are having no trouble with my Padres this season: a 9-0 sweep so far - sheesh(!~)  Big man-hugs!"

This tribute was added by John Hayward on 13th May 2016

"Happy birthday Pablo, I miss your big smile"

This tribute was added by Matt Bolender on 13th May 2016

"Wish I had known Paul longer. He was my biggest advocate to help get Walnut Creek TV off the ground. His work has created a path for WCTV to be strong and carry on his dream of government transparency into the future. You are missed so much at City Hall. But I know you are looking down on me ensuring your dream!"

This tribute was added by Margaret Kotzebue on 13th May 2016

"Happy Birthday Paul.  I can't believe it has been 5 years.  I think about you often - I was very lucky to have the pleasure of working with you for so many years. We all miss you, Killer."

This tribute was added by Alison Clary on 13th May 2016

"Thinking of Paul today and the lasting impact he made on his family, friends, and community. Love to the Valle-Riestra family. Paul will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by STEVE WHOLISTIC on 13th May 2016

"Gigante Birthday Wishes, Pablo - it's an even-numbered year, so no doubt you're in heaven anticipating another SF World Championship (if not from your beloved Giants, then from your beloved Warriors and unanimous NBA MVP Steph Curry;-)  In the latter's honor (and yours,) I'm "posting up" a couple photos here, and once again echoing Blake's 4 June 2014 tribute - couldn't have expressed it better - Happy Birthday yourself tomorrow, Matt, and to as well  Lynnel (today !-)  Cheers !"

This tribute was added by Shari Santos on 28th May 2015

"I still smile when I think of Paul.  His wit, his calm presence, his ability to always bring out the best in people.  He was a remarkable man, and I feel grateful to have known him.  He would be so proud of you, Alice and Jenna and Cara, and how you have carried on.  Paul will always be with you, and his love shines down on you."

This tribute was added by Alice Valle-Riestra on 27th May 2015

"How could four years have gone by already?  You'd be so proud of your daughters and still shake your head and laugh at my silliness:)  I can still hear your words of faith in me and I rely on them in my darkest moments... that, and knowing that your love could never die.  Thanks for always supporting us and for knowing we'd be alright, even when we couldn't see it.  You're always in my heart..."

This tribute was added by Brad Rovanpera on 26th May 2015

"Paul was simply one of the best human beings I have ever known. I marveled at his wisdom and intelligence, but mostly at his humanity. He was such a sweet and gentle soul, one whose smile could warm a room but whose fierce intellect could silence the loudest critic. He was always very supportive of my work as public information officer for the City of Walnut Creek (where we worked together for 18 years). I greatly admired Paul for his calm and collected demeanor when I was reeling from so many thorny issues. He always reminded me that things would be OK, and that faith kept me going on so many occasions. I only hope he knew that. A part of me died when Paul did, but his can-do spirit continues to be an inspiration to me. It's indeed hard to believe he has been gone four years already, but he will always live in my memory."

This tribute was added by Marivi Gambini on 14th May 2015

"All my respects to Mr. Valle-Riestra. I did not have the privilege to meet him personally but I know he was a prominent attorney with a kind heart. He must be related to a well-known constitutional Peruvian lawyer, Javier Valle-Riestra, a very well respected attorney and politician. Here is a summary about him:

Javier Valle Riestra González Olaechea (Peruvians use the paternal and maternal last names), is a constitutional lawyer, jurist and Peruvian politician. Known member of the Peruvian Aprista Party, has held several public offices, among them the most controversial being President of the Council of Ministers in the government of Alberto Fujimori.

If you Google his name, you could see his picture and find the physical resemblance. My heart is with Mrs. Alice and her family. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. The Lord be with Mr. Valle-Riestra."

This tribute was added by STEVE WHOLISTIC on 14th May 2015

"Angelic Birthday Wishes, Pablo - but for goodness sake, we're in a severe drought, so do please endeavor to exercise caution with whatever method you choose to blow out your candles(!)  ;~}  Posting a photo or two herein and echoing Blake's 4 June 2014 tribute - couldn't have expressed it better..."

This tribute was added by Alison Clary on 13th May 2015

"John and I met Paul after Alice and I shared a prenatal exercise together, so we were in a baby support group (19 years ago!) that evolved into being family friends and celebrating many a birthday party, dinner party, and holiday celebration. Paul shared the same birthday as my daughter and we think of him on this date especially, but regularly besides. We will never forget his quiet strength, intelligence, and gentle nature. He would be so proud of Alice, Jenna, and Cara, and his influence continues to leave its mark."

This tribute was added by Pat Vlnar on 13th May 2015

"Paul, I am sure, is very proud of his wife and girls.  They are a living tribute to his way of life that he lived with gusto!"

This tribute was added by Chris Valle-Riestra on 22nd November 2014

"We all do, sweetie.  Thank you...."

This tribute was added by Jenna Valle-Riestra on 21st November 2014

"I miss you"

This tribute was added by Shari Santos on 9th June 2014

"I will always miss Paul - his quick smile, his helpfulness, his ability to put people at ease.  He lit up a room with his smile and sense of humor.  He could calm even the most contentious group of people.  I am a better person for knowing Paul."

This tribute was added by Matt Blake on 4th June 2014

"I road bike still, mountain bike some.  Nearly every ride it brings back a memory that includes Pablo.  It was a glue that kept us visiting our whole lives, gave us the excuse to gather and catch up - burn a few calories and put on more with burgers after the ride.  I remember all the way back to my second Davis DC, for some reason Paul was not riding (I bet Law School) but he showed up and delivered us our bike lights somewhere around 140 miles just as dusk set in.  He was the most steady of us, always there.  

Pablo, see you on the next ride."

This tribute was added by Samantha Dixon on 27th May 2014

"Paul, my cousin, I don't like to think of you as gone, just away for a while until I visit you next. I never forget the times we visited each other throughout our lives and the laughs we shared, those memories I cherish still and always will. All I can say for now is, I'll be seeing you again when the time comes. :)"

This tribute was added by Alice Valle-Riestra on 27th May 2014

"Somehow 3 years have passed now since you had to move on... Jenna is finishing High School and going on to college soon.  She's taken up photography and doing very artistic work and was Varsity Cheer Captain this year.  Cara is nearly as tall as me, playing soccer and still acing her math tests:)  It's not the same without you... but you've colored our world and filled our hearts forever.  Love you..."

This tribute was added by Mary Tang on 26th May 2014

"I met Paul through Jenna when she was on a baseball team with my son. Jenna improved a lot during the season. When I complimented her she told me that she had been working with her father. I could see from the smiles on Jenna's and Paul's faces that they were pleased that the hard work had paid off. Clearly they had enjoyed their time together. I was touched by the bond between them and impressed by what a great dad Paul was. A few years later I got to know Paul through community pursuits in our neighborhood. He was a strong leader, a fair and moral person, funny, kind, smart, hard-working, dedicated to others . . . I miss him still."

This tribute was added by Julia Younger on 26th May 2014

"We miss you Paul. We are blessed with your memories and the joy we have spending with Alice, Jenna and Cara. You are always in our thoughts!"

This tribute was added by Rachel Gilman on 26th May 2014

"I have wonderful memories of spending time with Paul. He was always so lovely to be with - interesting conversation and a loving man. One time that stands out was when the family visited my husband and I (and baby Fenton on the way!) in London prior to going on a family trip.  Such great memories or good times."

This tribute was added by Gerald Sutliff on 16th May 2014

"Paul was many wonderful things but two standout for me.  First, as a loving father I could not have asked for a better husband for my beloved daughter, Alice.  Second when it came time to step up to the plate, with respect to taking on responsibility Levi Levi, Paul did not shirk! I remember Levi saying, " Don't ever lie to Uncle Paul"."

This tribute was added by Pat Vlnar on 15th May 2014

"Paul, Even though I never met you, I know your wife and have met your beautiful children.  You have left your legacy to live and grow in them. Your wisdom and kindness will be passed on through the generations."

This tribute was added by Janell Lumley on 15th May 2014

"Paul, the neighborhood. Is not the same. We miss your cheerful smile!"

This tribute was added by Matt Bolender on 15th May 2014

"Paul, I can only hope that you are looking down on your legacy and feeling proud of the quality channel and professionalism Gayle, Liz and I have used in creating WCTV. Without your smarts and intervention this channel would never have been created.  God bless you and thank you for keeping me in mind when the channel was in its infancy of being created. I have loved my time here and hope to continue the success of WCTV for the next 10-15 years god willing. You are missed so much by so many, especially by those at Natoa."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Lowell on 14th May 2014

"Paul's name was mentioned fondly several times at our annual city attorneys' conference last week.  His kindness and professionalism are something we all strive to emulate.  He is greatly missed and not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Melanie Brunner on 14th May 2014

"Such an incredible man with the biggest heart and the warmest smile - which by the way is carried through in both of your daughters. Happy Happy Birthday, Paul. Thank you for blessing us with your presence, however brief. You are missed."

This tribute was added by Julia Younger on 14th May 2014

"We love the photos and the lovely sentiments. We live through Paul's stories and his wonderful family. You are all blessings to us!

Love, The Younger Family"

This tribute was added by Alice Valle-Riestra on 14th May 2014

"Happy Birthday, Babe..  Still holding you in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Renee Zeimer on 27th June 2012

"Paul was all good. More than any one memory, it was his essence that made such a lasting impression... his smile, his laugh, his light."

This tribute was added by Chris Valle-Riestra on 31st May 2012

"In truth, the most memories I have of Paul are from childhood.  But what I remember clearly is of Paul growing steadily in strength and character from a small boy to an inquisitive and self-reliant youth to an ambitious young man to a successful, mature adult.  If I have a regret, it's that we didn't spend more time together when we were able. Never forget to make time for each other."

This tribute was added by Joe Tringe on 29th May 2012

"Paul was amazingly generous, thoughtful and kind person.  We miss his calm and cheerful presence every day."

This tribute was added by Constance Hoepner on 28th May 2012

"Paul was one of the most gracious persons I had the pleasure of knowing. Impeccable character, loving heart, comfortable to be with and easy to admire.  I will always think of him with fond memories.  Aunt C"

This tribute was added by Kurt Kocourek on 26th May 2012

"Our nephew Paul, Ingrid and I remember, was a thoroughly friendly and gentle young man.
When he comes to our mind he always has that happy smile playing his face.
Paul, we wish we would have known you better.  Alas, the distance!"

This tribute was added by Levi and Jill Snell on 26th May 2012

"You left us way too soon Uncle Paul.  We think of you everyday and know you are looking down and protecting us. We can't thank you enough for all you've done, we love you so much."

This tribute was added by Gerald Sutliff on 26th May 2012

"Speaking as Alice's father I can't imagine I could ever hope for a better son-in-law, especially for Alice.  Not only that he stepped up to bat when we all had a family crisis as when Alice's sister, Lorna, passed and left an orphaned son (Levi, 11).  Levi is a successful adult thanks in good measure to Paul's hood skills.  We miss him every day."

This tribute was added by Matt Sears on 26th May 2012

"People are complicated.  Sometimes good; sometimes less than good.  That makes describing them difficult.

Not Paul.  It is easy to describe Paul.  Always the Best."

This tribute was added by Alice Valle-Riestra on 12th December 2011

"The Paul I knew, had a deep wisdom and keen perception, a quiet strength and kind heart.  He had a positive vision and devotion to his family, friends and community.  Always calm and grounded, working for what's best for all.  Never selfish or brass.

The Paul I knew, keeps me living to be my best..."


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