Let the memory of Paul be with us forever
  • 52 years old
  • Born on May 13, 1959 .
  • Passed away on May 26, 2011 .
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Paul Valle-Riestra 52 years old , born on May 13, 1959 and passed away on May 26, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Posted by STEVE WHOLISTIC on May 13, 2019
Feliz Cumpleaños, amigo! As a devoted Warrior fan, surely your spirit will shine @ Oracle for its Final(s) hurrah;~> Go Dubs!!
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 15, 2018
Happy Birthday, babe... miss you so much.
Posted by Matt Sears on May 13, 2018
Thinking about you on this Birthday, Paul
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 13, 2017
Happy Birthday, Babe. We all miss you so much! You would be so proud of Jenna, Cara, Levi & Jill. Wish you were here to see Lailah- this 4 year old has lit things up! We all think of you often. Life isn't the same without you but trying to keep the faith. Please guide us if you can and feel our love surrounding you:) xoxo
Posted by Levi And Jill Snell on May 13, 2017
Dear Paul,

Happy birthday in heaven. We miss you... every single one of us does. I know you're looking down on us and giving us needed guidance. Please give all 3 of your girls extra love and guidance in this difficult time.
Posted by Jonathan Kramer on May 13, 2017
Paul continues to inspire us. So many of us miss him so much. I particularly miss you, Killer.
Posted by Matt Sears on May 13, 2017
Thinking about you a lot these days. You are missed, my friend, especially on a day we celebrate your birth.
Posted by Matt Blake on May 13, 2017
Pablo, the team is not the same without you and Mikee - hope it's all good on the other side. Thinking of you often.
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 27, 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...
Posted by Jonathan Kramer on May 26, 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.
Posted by STEVE WHOLISTIC on May 26, 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!
Posted by Brad Rovanpera on May 26, 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.
Posted by Pat Vlnar on May 26, 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.
Posted by STEVE WHOLISTIC on May 13, 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 !
Posted by Alison Clary on May 13, 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.
Posted by Margaret Kotzebue on May 13, 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.
Posted by Matt Bolender on May 13, 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!
Posted by John Hayward on May 13, 2016
Happy birthday Pablo, I miss your big smile
Posted by Shari Santos on May 28, 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.
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 27, 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...
Posted by Brad Rovanpera on May 26, 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.
Posted by Marivi Gambini on May 14, 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.
Posted by STEVE WHOLISTIC on May 14, 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...
Posted by Pat Vlnar on May 13, 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!
Posted by Alison Clary on May 13, 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.
Posted by Chris Valle-Riestra on November 22, 2014
We all do, sweetie. Thank you....
Posted by Jenna Valle-Riestra on November 21, 2014
I miss you
Posted by Shari Santos on June 9, 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.
Posted by Matt Blake on June 4, 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.
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 27, 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...
Posted by Samantha Dixon on May 27, 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. :)
Posted by Mary Tang on May 26, 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.
Posted by Rachel Gilman on May 26, 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.
Posted by Julia Younger on May 26, 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!
Posted by Gerald Sutliff on May 16, 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".
Posted by Matt Bolender on May 15, 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.
Posted by Janell Lumley on May 15, 2014
Paul, the neighborhood. Is not the same. We miss your cheerful smile!
Posted by Pat Vlnar on May 15, 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.
Posted by Melanie Brunner on May 14, 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.
Posted by Jonathan Lowell on May 14, 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.
Posted by Alice Valle-Riestra on May 14, 2014
Happy Birthday, Babe.. Still holding you in our hearts.
Posted by Julia Younger on May 14, 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
Posted by Renee Zeimer on June 27, 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.
Posted by Chris Valle-Riestra on May 31, 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.
Posted by Joe Tringe on May 29, 2012
Paul was amazingly generous, thoughtful and kind person. We miss his calm and cheerful presence every day.
Posted by Constance Hoepner on May 28, 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
Posted by Matt Sears on May 26, 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.
Posted by Gerald Sutliff on May 26, 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.
Posted by Levi And Jill Snell on May 26, 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.
Posted by Kurt Kocourek on May 26, 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!

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