Saturday, 30 August 2008

In Remembrance of Paul Spackman

I used to work with Paul at JPMorgan when I was a fresh faced graduate. He moved to New York a couple of years ago and we met for a few beers while I was recently working there.

Paul lived life to the full and would always have stories of scrapes that he got himself into that would have you roaring with laughter. My favourite two stories involve a wheel chair and a rat. The last time I saw Paul he had managed to leave the US without his visa and I had to bring it to the UK for him so that he could get home again.

Tragically Paul drowned in the Harriman Reservoir in Vermont three weeks ago. Last night a few of us got together at one of Paul's favourite old haunts, the Match Bar, to drink one of his favourites the Hong Kong Phooey. It was an evening full of memories, laughs and hangovers the next day.


  1. I am horrified to hear this news! I was friendly with Paul and had been trying to contact him recently but could not ...I was curious so I googled him and found out this horrible news!!!! What a tragic tragic story. Paul was a good person with wonderful values and a light hearted way. I will miss him very much. -Caroline

  2. Paul was a wonderful man, though the thought of someone writing that would've horrified him, I think. Reticent and ridiculous all in one. Thanks for this post.

  3. Lovely words Richard. For some reason he came into my mind this evening and then I found your post. Hope all is well with you x

    1. Hi Sue, I was thinking of Paul recently too. All is well here in London, I hope everything is going well for you and the family also.