Paul Fairbrook died peacefully at 100 years old on October 2, 2023. Predeceased by his son Colman and daughter Susan, Paul leaves his wife Peig, daughter Carolyn, son John, son Bob and brother George as well as 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Born on August 21, 1923, in Berlin, Germany, Paul and his family left Germany in 1933 to escape Nazi persecution, and after a brief time in Palestine settled in New York City. At 18, Paul joined the US Army. He served in Military Intelligence and was one of “The Ritchie Boys”. With information these intelligence officers gathered from interrogating German prisoners, he helped write the “Order of Battle Book” which outlined for the US Army the structure and plans of the German Army.
Paul was Directory of Auxiliary Services at the University of the Pacific for more than 20 years after a varied career in food service including serving as Dean of the Culinary Institute of America and as an international food service consultant. He wrote and published several books about the food service industry.
Paul was very active in the Stockton community – serving on the Port Commission, active in the Temple Israel community, and raising money for a variety of causes. His special interest was Stockton’s St. Mary’s Dining Room which offers services to Stockton residents who are homeless or living in poverty. He designed St. Mary’s modern kitchen which was later named after him to honor his contributions.
Paul will be remembered for his generous spirit, his boundless energy, and his enthusiasm. He was always interested in others and their lives, and in finding ways to help people who needed support.
A memorial service will be held at Temple Israel on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00. Donations in Paul’s memory can be given to St. Mary’s Dining Room or to Temple Israel in Stockton.
Posted online on October 06, 2023
Published in The Stockton Record