Dear Airliners.Net family,
Words cannot describe the sincere appreciation and gratitude my family owes each member of the Airliner.net community. Your words were both beautiful and thoughtful, and reflected the true spirit of his work. Without your participation, Airliners.net would not be where it is today. My brother would have wanted you to continue in making this, and all of the related sites, a place where the worldwide aviation community can come together. As I reflect upon the events of the last 8 days, the one aspect that I will remember the most is how “you” came together as one to help us visualize his contributions to this medium. Without your energy and condolences, this event would have been even more devastating.
Paulo’s accident brought me here from Atlanta the day after the crash. I am still here in Southern California attempting to gain some closure to my brothers passing. While I can thank many different people and organizations for t he comfort given to us, the owners and employees of Airliners parent company (Demand Media) offered the most in terms of rapid and complete care. For this, we are most thankful.
Paulo’s airport friends at KSMO held a memorial celebration on Monday, February 2 at the hangar that included a fly-by of three aircraft. This event was most touching and signified the aviation community’s dedication to one of their own. On Wednesday, February 3, we held a memorial funeral at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades. On the day of his funeral, I wrote a short obituary for the local newspaper, the Palisadian Post. I thought it would be nice to post this for you at the end of this entry.
In closing, I want to say that Paulo’s immediate family in Lafayette, Louisiana were not only shocked to learn of his passing, but also shocked to learn that Paulo was the GM of such a prestigious site and never bragged about it. My cousin, Charles Fournet, in Lafayette wrote this:
“I first found out JUST this past Fall that Paulo was the head of A.net, which has been one of my favorite sites for a long time. Know how I found out???? I Googled "Paulo Emanuele" to find an email address for him when up popped his name in a thread from A.net......"CEO"??? He never bragged about his prestigious position...and in a family steeped in Aviation and filled with pilots.........
His extended family here in Louisiana has a long, rich heritage in aviation, one that traces it's roots back to our uncle and his mom's brother, Paul Fournet. His FBO, Paul Fournet Air Service (KLFT), was our "nursery". Thus dozens of us became pilots, and many reading this no doubt have a connection to PFAS. Paul Fournet himself was nearly killed in a crash in 1951, then we did lose Paul's son-in-law, Jim Keahey, in an AK. bush plane crash in the '70s. So this hits home hard and hurts more due to the memories it stirs up...
As we all know, the aviation community is small....even smaller now with the Internet. And through this medium we have been able to share our "Paulo" with you, and in return have been salved with your love and admiration at his death.
Paulo’s Obituary from the February 5, 2009 Palisadian-Post (Pacific Palisades, CA)
Paulo Emanuele, 46, of Pacific Palisades departed earth on his final flight from Santa Monica airport at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 28th. Paulo, along with another passenger, were on one of his many flights along the beautiful coast that he called home.
Immediate family survivors include his beautiful daughter, Eden, of Pacific Palisades, his parents, Anna Louise Fournet and Peter Vincent Emanuele of Lafayette, Louisiana, Brother Christopher John and Sister-in Law, Anne Bellipanni Emanuel of Rayne, Louisiana as well as for Philip Vincent Emanuele of Atlanta, Georgia. Paulo is also survived by his girlfriend, Stephanie Quayle, and an extensive a nd loving family of 32 first cousins as well as aunts and uncles in Lafayette Louisiana and Westerly, Rhode Island, and Northern California.
Paulo was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 9, 1962. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and High School at Jesuit-now Loyola College Prep in Shreveport. Paulo continued his education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. While at LSU, Paulo was an active and contributing member of the LA Epsilon chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as well as many other educational and social organizations.
After college, Paulo joined Motorola, Inc and was located in the Annapolis/Washington, DC region. He moved with the company to the San Diego area and stayed there until the calling for more entrepreneurial ventures took control.
While in San Diego, Paulo opened the popular Green Circle Bar. However, his true love came with his direct relationship with Demand Media and his position of General Manager of Airliners.Net as well as other aviation-based web sites. Along with his love of flying, Paulo also established, and was active up to his passing, with the Air Conditioned Bar in Santa Monica, and San Diego as well as for the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice Beach.
Paulo was also a profound lover of animals and cannot be remembers as not having any near his side. This included many dogs that he rescued from his many trips to the beautiful beaches of Punta Chivato, Baja, Mexico.
Paulo’s presence will be missed, but his spirits will be found on any given day along the coast of this beautiful area of Southern California.
Paulo’s family wished to express our profound gratitude to all those who called, and wrote to us during these time, and20especially to the love and hope given to us by the Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in Pacific Palisades, the friends and patrons of Santa Monica Airport, and the community of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and San Diego. Contributions to his daughter’s college education should be made by contacting Nathan at (310) 443-0510.