We lost a member of our
Community Family on Friday.
Paul DeLaurentis will live well into the future in the memories of his family and friends, and throughout our community. He was a great father, husband, friend and neighbor. His passion for living, his great humility and his infectious humor marked the legacy he leaves and should be an inspiration for all of us.
He was also a driving force at the Escondido Country Club for nearly a quarter century and a Brother-in-Arms in the fight to save our neighborhood.
When it was announced to the Country Club membership, in 2012, that the new owner would terminate all memberships, board-up the buildings, fill-in the pool, fence the property and begin the process of building 600 new tract homes, Paul was among the first to stand up and protest. He correctly labeled the new regime as untrustworthy and uninterested in the impact the proposed new development would have on the community.
Paul would not be intimidated, and his resolve instilled a thread of defiance in the entire community. Though he was suffering from a terrible lung disease, he showed incredible courage, especially when the property owner attempted to intimidate some ECCHO board members by spreading raw, untreated chicken manure directly behind their homes along the seventh fairway. Paul and Nancy were forced to evacuate their home just to breath properly.
The ensuing news conference will go down in the history of our land use battle as a major turning point. The TV news image of our friend, neighbor and fellow community member, using an oxygen tank to breath, while describing the malicious and foul intentions of a ruthless property developer, will forever be burned into our minds. He became the symbol of our commitment to save the Country Club community from destruction, despite the incredible odds we faced.
Paul knew he would probably not be around to celebrate our victory to restore the open space, and preferably the golf course. But he also knew that our objective was not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of generations to come. He loved our Little Piece of Paradise, and wanted to give the next generation of homeowners a chance to enjoy the wonders of this great neighborhood too.
Certainly we wouldn't limit his Legacy to just his defense of the ECC community, but we can selfishly take great pleasure in knowing that as our battle to save it's beauty goes forward, Paul will surely be looking over our shoulders, whispering his support in our ears and encouraging us to fight on!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy, and all of the Delaurentis family. God Bless them and thank you Paul for being such an inspirational member of our Escondido Country Club Family.