Los Gatos Leader Paul Dubois Dies

He died on Sunday; Dubois is credited with being the driving force behind the building of historic Lyndon Bandstand in Oak Meadow Park.

Longtime Los Gatos resident Paul Dubois has died after a courageous battle with cancer, several sources reported Monday.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, a former Los Gatos mayor and Council member, wrote on his Facebook page he was saddened with the news and described Dubois as a "tremendously caring and giving individual" who served on the Los Gatos Planning Commission, the Los Gatos Community Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos, to name but a few.

"He was an intelligent, positive, can do kind of guy, who will be missed by many. Rest in peace big guy," Wasserman posted. The update was followed by 19 comments from friends expressing their condolences and sympathies.

Similarly, Los Gatos Community Foundation Executive Director Sharon Childs posted the sad news on her Facebook page.

"Today I am mourning the loss of a dear friend. He was the reason I became involved with the Los Gatos Community Foundation. He was one of the best human beings I have ever known. He was dedicated to his wife, Mary Tomasi Dubois, loved his children and grandchildren. He also was very dedicated to the town of Los Gatos, and wihtout him we wouldn't have a Bandstand/Gazebo in Oak Meadow Park. You will be missed my friend."

In a message to this editor, Childs added: "He was one of the main driving forces of building the historic Lyndon Bandstand in Oak Meadow Park back in 1991-1999. He is going to by truly missed."

Los Gatos Lions Club Vice President Jim Thrall also messaged this editor with the news: "Paul DuBois has passed. Sad day for our town. Cancer takes another good one."

Wife Mary Tomasi-Dubois is also actively involved in many worthwhile causes in town, serving on the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival board of directors.

In an email to this editor this morning, Tomasi-Dubois confirmed her husband's death and expressed gratitude for the interest in his life.

Editor's Note: Los Gatos Patch will update this story as more news is available as to the exact cause of death and funeral services.

Alastair Dallas February 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm so sorry Paul didn't beat cancer--he was fighting it hard. In addition to the achievements mentioned, Paul had been a Lt. Governor in Kiwanis, responsible for motivating the 17 Kiwanis clubs in Santa Clara County. He was at the town plaza for every tree lighting, selling glo-sticks for the Community Foundation. I served with him when he chaired the Los Gatos Community Services Commission, and I remember that he was passionate that our library be made more wheelchair-accessible; I hope he was pleased by the new library. He was a compassionate soul who worked hard for others.
alana forrest February 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I am sad to hear of Paul's passing. We (along with Mary) served on the Kiwanis Club of LG together. He was a nice man and I enjoyed our discussions about security and safety. He will be missed. My thoughts are with Mary and their family.
carol musser February 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
So stunned and sad to hear about the loss of Paul Dubois. He was so fine, so caring, someone you were so fortunate to know.
Larry Arzie February 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Vaya con Dios Paul.............you served our town well. Larry Justo Arzie
Lisa Ann February 21, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks to Paul for his work and inspiration in making Los Gatos such a wonderful community. Hard to imagine town events without his cheery outlook there to support us!
James Manganello February 21, 2012 at 05:35 PM
a very sad day for the town of los gatos, and for me personally. paul was such a kind and giving man, who loved his town. he was so nice to my band, and i, and always would give an encouraging word, when we played at a town event. we will miss you paul, and we will keep you in our hearts. james manganello, workhouse poets
Judy Glickman February 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Paul fought his cancer as he had lived his life--with courage and dignity. Sadly, it was not enough. Another sad loss for our town. My heart and thoughts are with Mary and her family at this very difficult time.
Sharon Childs February 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I have been greiving from this very sad news, as MANY people are. There are so many more things that can be said about Paul and his dedication to his community. Without him he wouldn't have our LED lights on the Town Christmas Tree. He also was very involved with the Teen Center and the guiding force creating the Venue-a-thon. He also gave so much to the Kiwanis club, including being responsible for all the great bands we get to see year after year at Fiesta de Artes. The list of achivements and commitments to his community is amazingly long. Most of all he was a good friend and mentor. He always made me fell like I could accomplish anything. To me he was larger than life. Together he and Mary made a remarkable, amazing, couple. My heart goes out to Mary and all thier family. I love you Paul!
Darrell Monda February 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
When I first became a director of the Los Gatos Community Foundation, Paul gave me a brick with a name on it and said, Darrell were going to sell at least 1000 of these and it is your job to do it. . .with his outstanding leadership and constant probing, we did sell the engraved brick and completed the construction of the Bandstand. Without Paul, the bandstand would not be in Oak Meadow Park, and the energy saving Christmas lights would not be there, and all of the other things that Paul fought for in this beautiful town would not be there. Mary was by his side in all of these activities supporting him 100%. We loved you Paul.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
My Condolences, & lifting up the rest of the Family in my Prayers...
Jane Darwin February 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM
A great loss for his family and our town. My condolences to all.
Rich & Pat Lang February 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM
We did Kiwans together' We did L.G.Community foundation together, We traveled and had many great times together. L.G. will not be the same without you.......We love. We love you Mary, See you soon...... Rich & Pat Lang
Pat Lang February 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Pat Lang If you knew Paul, you knew the best humankind had to offer. I am grateful to have enjoyed his humor, experienced his passion for his community, shared his love of travel, and I am thrilled to call him my friend. We have lost the kindest of souls, but we are better off for knowing Paul and his work. My love to Mary and family.
J. Selden February 22, 2012 at 05:02 AM
My heart grieves. Among the many other contributions Paul made to the community, he and his wife Mary were instrumental in bringing the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival to town. Just another accomplishment to add to his amazing legacy. He is greatly missed.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh February 22, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Great loss to the Los Gatos community.
Peggy Dallas February 22, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Paul, also, was on the Board of "A Place For Teens" as Treasurer and worked with the teen board members and KCAT to create the Venue-a-thon major fundraiser which showcased the talent of local teens. He is, and will be, deeply missed.
MichaelJ February 22, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Some people are meant to bring the best out in others through their love and caring ways. Paul will be missed. His actions have impacted this town throughout the years. My condolences to Mary and the family.
Bruce & Sherry Ramm February 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I never knew how many hearts and lives he touched, but knew he had touched mine. We will miss him tremendously, but treasure the wonderful times we had with him and Mary.
MarLyn Rasmussen February 23, 2012 at 02:32 AM
One of Paul's last project suggestions for Kiwanis was to "put the dang 50' flag pole" (a club project to restore flag poles in the Downtown area) in Oak Meadow Park next to the Bandstand. Kiwanis worked with the Town and we have permission to put it where Paul suggested it would work so beautifully with the Bandstand and you can be so very proud! We are so happy that Kiwanis got the opportunity to tell you that it is a "done deal" and you squeezed my hand in recognition and smiled. We will get it done for you, our friend and loved one, and pay your legacy of Community service "forward".
JBR February 26, 2012 at 03:29 AM
You sent him beautiful words.
miki hall March 08, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Paul. I have been fortunate to work with him for many years on various Los Gatos events, most currently doing sound for Fiesta de Artes. He has always been a pleasure to work with. I looked forward to every seeing him every summer. I loved his dedication to the events and community as well as his great sense of humor. Those are some big shoes to fill.....
Karen Dubois Guthrie March 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I love you Dad. I miss you so much. I miss hearing your voice calling and saying " hey kid, how are you doing?" Who is going to talk me through the next hurricane? I guess it will still be you. Just in a different way. Love Karen
Steve James March 29, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Paul was an expert in the area of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. I was fortunate to attend several of his courses and they were always excellent. May he rest in peace.
Barbie Filburn April 04, 2012 at 05:49 AM
You are and always will be my hero Grandpa....thank you for your strength, kindness and never ending love....I miss you so much....
Barbie Filburn January 25, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Missing you grandpa.....so much......you are always in my thoughts. xoxo
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 25, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I feel like such an intruder....but after having read about him and seeing his picture, I miss him too. Is that possible ? It saddens me to think of all the great people I never got to know....The world cannot afford to lose people like this man...but it still does.


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