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Paul is now in Hellysium
That is sad and shocking news. Like most of us, I only knew Paul from his posts and chats via P.M's, but even from that one could feel a genuine warmth.

My sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.
"dulce et decorum est pro patria mori " - Horace, ODES
(It is a sweet and proper thing to die for ones country)

"No son-of-a-bitch ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country" -GeorgeC Scott as General George S. Patton
Paullus Scipio/Paul McDonnell-Staff
Paul was a member of the Vicus since it was founded. He came to practically all of our events and was a familiar face around our campfire.

He will be remembered by us for a number of reasons:

His indecently short tunics - he made quite of few ladies blush!
His ability to be one of the kids - he always made time for them.
His combat ability and steadying influence on the new guys in the ranks.
His baritone voice that could always be heard around the campfire.

To Paul reenactment was his job, his hobby and his life. He immersed himself in groups of all periods and consquently enjoyed the friendship of a wide variety of people.

The picture we've posted is one of Paul climbing the wall at the Lunt Roman Fort during our gladiatoral event there this year.

What we do in life echos in eternity and Paul certainly will.

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Romans and Britons wot fight ........
This is sad news indeed.

Dan Diffendale
Ph.D. candidate, University of Michigan
Paul was a pleasure to know, a great loss to the world of re-enactment as well.

Aside from our weekend shows Paul worked in schools taking living history to many young minds, working with him doing so was a privilege.

I don't know if I could ever find anyone quite so keen to stab me hard in the faceplate during our gladiator events either, I will treasure the memory of the fights we performed together.

Adam Rudling
Adam Rudling
The Vicus - recreating life in 1st Century Britain
[size=150:2zw5u3se]Dear Paul, I am glad and proud I met you in Tarraco.[/size]

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Ivan Perelló
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May God be with Pauls family and friends.
Dan/Anastasios of Sparta/Gaius Statilius Rusticus/ Gaius Germanicus Augustus Flavius Romulus Caesar Tiberius Caelius (Imperator :twisted: <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" />:twisted: )
Yachts and Saabs are for whimps!
Real men have Triremes and Chariots 8) <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" />8) !
May God comfort the broken hearts of his friends and family.
Andy De Cusati
I'm terribly sad & indignated at this terrible news... I can't question my Lord of why took my friend so soon, the last time we talked each other we where making plans to meet each other at Thermopylae-Greece...

Now what I will do without him....I felt he was my only trusting friend from this hobby but as a christian as well... God why you took him from me?...

Through him my dream was completed...

My condolence to the family.... a huge loss
MNI Gioi u F**ckers Smile <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" />Smile
Remarks by Philip on the Athenian Leaders:
Philip said that the Athenians were like the bust of Hermes: all mouth and dick.
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As members of the Vicus, me and my family have been lucky to have known Paul from when we started in reenactment. He gave us some great memories, from weekend events, taking me and my dad for an amazing week in Poland to the handful of shows i did for him this summer, the last one (my 1st school display) only a day or so before his accident.

One thing i'll remember is Paul having somehow got a large group of Polish school kids to join him in singing a rousing chorus of 'Horrible Children' to the tune of the ride of the valkyries, it still makes me laugh.
He was a great guy with a heart of gold and will be sorely missed by many.

My thoughts are with his family.
Chris Wyre.
Very sad news.
Just a couple of weeks ago at Paul's IAGO event, I was helping him with his panoply and he had me jiving in the beer tent, now he has passed away. It was a shock to hear of his accident and an even greater shock when I just checked my emails and heard of his passing.
He will be greatly missed, I speak for all of the Hoplite Association and those who knew him.
It was a jousting accident, he never regained conciousness. Paul's wife is sure, as are all of us who knew him, that this is how he would have wished it, doing what he loved, re-enacting the past.
Pollis of Thespiae
The Hoplite Association
The enemy is less likely to get wind of an advance of cavalry, if the orders for march were passed from mouth to mouth rather than announced by voice of herald, or public notice. Xenophon
I'd neither met him nor talked to him, but he sounds like a man we all wish we could be like. The world's always a poorer place without such people. God's grace upon him.
---AH Mervla, aka Joel Boynton
Legio XIIII, Gemina Martia Victrix
My condolences too.
I do not know much about him, but I´ve been reading his excellent posts, we lost an great expert.
(Willi Miesen)

Athenian Hoplite
Just returned from my vacation to read this message. I too only knew Paul from RAT where he was a stable and dedicated member of our Greek section. I am very sorry to hear about his passing and my thoughts are with his friends and family. RAT is a poorer place without him.

Jasper Oorthuys
Webmaster & Editor, Ancient Warfare magazine
I like most people have never met him, but his posts were always those of exactly the type of person I know that I would like if I ever did meet him. My dearest sympathies to his family in such a difficult and heart-wrenching time.
Dave Bell/Secvndvs

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I am sad to hear this news, as he offered me good advice on a few subjects....I wish I had met him and can only offer my condolences to his family and friends!

May our gods be with him, where ever he may be!
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
[b]Legio XIIII GMV. (Q. Magivs)RMRS Remember Atuatuca! Vengence will be ours!
Titus Flavius Germanus
Batavian Coh I
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