Paul Reese Guilfoyle

October 22, 1944 ~ May 8, 2020 (age 75)


Paul Guilfoyle, born October 22, 1944, in Penns Grove, New Jersey, passed away on May 8 at the age of 75 with his daughters by his side.

Following an honorable discharge from the US Army, Paul drove across the United States, ultimately settling in California. He married the love of his life, Cherysse M. (nee McCann) Guilfoyle, on June 2, 1973. The couple raised their family in the City by the Bay.

Many remember Paul as a bartender in downtown San Francisco and later at Joe’s of Westlake in Daly City, CA.

An avid reader of fiction and nonfiction, Paul frequented the San Francisco Public Library and looked forward to its Big Book Sale. He was an American history enthusiast and could talk at length about the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and World Wars.

After he retired, Paul liked to keep busy. He enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, making desserts, especially cookies, bread, pies, and cheesecakes, which he would delightfully share with friends, family, and neighbors. He also had a green thumb and took great pride in his rose garden.

When he wasn’t at home, you could find Paul visiting his favorite places: the San Francisco Zoo, California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, and Legion of Honor, or at the ballpark cheering on his San Francisco Giants.

Paul is survived by his children Nicole Guilfoyle (Brian Downs) and Antoinette Guilfoyle of San Francisco, and Monique Nichols of Santa Maria, CA; grandchildren Aries Guilfoyle, Aidan Downs, Kianna Freeborn, and Rylan Downs; and sister Lillimae McKeithen of Bellair Bluffs, FL. He will be missed by his niece Barbara Robinson, nephew Kenneth Hoff, and brother-in-law Kenneth McCann (Ardith).

Paul is preceded in death by his wife Cherysse; sister Cynthia Hoff of Haddon Heights, NJ; and parents Paul. R. and Ella (nee Cooper) Guilfoyle.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, California Academy of Sciences, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, or The National Museum of the United States Army.

Paul left us these words: If you are remembered, death is not the end, just another voyage of discovery.

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