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“Dearest Cousin Paul, your memory will always be fresh in my mind. You have been such a fantastic cousin and an important person in the family. I will...Read More »
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“Mary Ann we are out of town and just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know Paul will be missed he was such a fine man....Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph Grzeika - King George, VA

“We are so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! All our love! Ray and Jo ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jo Brett - Family Friend

“Mary Ann, I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan Goetsch / Colonial Beach, Neighbor / Walking Club. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Goetsch - VA - Neighbor

“So sorry to hear about Paul's passing. Our sincerest sympathies. Will miss seeing him at the Cabildo reunions.Loren & Janet Krause ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Loren Krause - Indio, CA

“Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences at this time of your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "...Read More »
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“Paul added wonderful color to a chapter of our lives. He will be missed. Om Mani Padme HumDarryl & Sandi ”
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“What a pleasure it has been to become friends with Mary Ann and Paul. Couldn't have asked for more wonderful people to be neighbors with at our...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Chuck & Jan Laing - Apple River, IL

“Love and prayers to the entire family. Please know that Ken and I will be thinking of you during this sad time. Paul was such a hoot and I always...Read More »
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“Greco, you were one of my most favorite people on the Planet. Thank you for the gift of your cheerful, fun loving, brilliant spirit here on Earth. ...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lorena Ludeman - Benson

“Greco, you were my favorite. There is quite a party starting in Heaven. I hope that one day I can hear that cheerful fun loving voice of yours...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry to hear of Paul's passing but am relieved he is no longer suffering. Cousin Paul was so special to all of us. He treated my mom with...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Doris DeSalvo Brannon - Family

“Dear Mary Ann, I was so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. As you know, I had been searching for him as a source for a book I am writing. When I...Read More »
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Paul L. Tsompanas, 81, from western Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday August 24, 2018 at his summer home in Colonial Beach VA , with his wife by his side.

As a young boy Paul was fascinated by a weekly TV series which drove him to become a reporter. His writing career began in high school as a sports editor of the school paper. Upon graduating from Penn State with a journalism degree he was off to serve in the U.S. Navy. After 2 deployments in the Western Pacific as a communications officer he began to believe that the USS Cabildo stood for "Underway on Saturday and Sundays". In 1960 he became an award winning reporter at the Clovis News Journal in New Mexico. Then in 1963 he was working at the San Diego Tribunes nighttime call-in news desk. One evening an inventor had something he thought was news worthy. Paul's story ran in the next day's paper, introducing the world to the recreational sport known as Parasailing. In 1964 Paul was a part of the Washington bureau of Copley News Service as a Congressional correspondent. Then in 1967 he started work as chief of staff to a Republican Congressman from San Diego. Eight years later was then appointed to the professional staff of the House Armed Services committee. During his time there he attended the National War College. Paul retired from Capitol Hill in 1987. After much research into the great grandfather of his children the book Juan Patron: a Fallen Star in the days of Billy the Kid was published in 2012.

Paul was a man that was loved by all who met him. He is survived by his wife, 5 children, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 11 N. Irving Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. A visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8p.m. Thursday August 30, 2018 at the Storke Funeral Home, 131 3rd Street, Colonial Beach VA 22443.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph's Indian School in South Dakota.
Condolence may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com