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“It was a privilege to have Pops as my Grandfather. He set an example of strength, respect, caring, and work ethic that I will always try to live up...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Alex Diehl - chattanooga, TN

“Paul was a wonderful person. He will be missed. Daniel appreciated his years of encouragement during College. We both will keep his family in our...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Darlene Hunt - Tampa, FL - Friend

“I met Paul on Bayshore when my husband and I were out there waving flags with the Bayshore Patriots. He was such a great man! I enjoyed each Friday...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: ROBIN MATTSON - riverview, FL

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Fred & Pam(Green ) Sewell - CT

“My condolences to the entire Diehl family. Paul leaves a great legacy: the Diehl Family; and his spirit will live through you all. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Keith Eidson - Tampa, FL

“So sorry for your loss its hard when you lose a loved ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Cole Carey - Riverview

“God Bless you all may he RIP great person ... ❤ ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Elizabeth Waltman - Melbourne, FL

“Deep heartfelt sorrow hearing of your patriarch passing. My father was from Mahanoy City PA, not far from Carbondale, so I am familiar with the early...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Wendy Smith - Dawsonville, GA

“Prayers for your family, Heidi. Beautiful obituary!❤ RIP "Pops" ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Tamra Jenkins - WEAVER, AL

The last time I saw Paul I took this puzzle to him. I knew he would get a kick out of it. “Have loved this man and his family for a long time, especially his daughter Heidi whom I had the pleasure to get to know very well. All of the Diehl...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Loueita Hargens - Riverview, FL

Diehl, Paul Sr. "Pops" 84, passed away February 15, 2018, peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born in 1933, in Carbondale, PA into rough beginnings. As he says in his unpublished autobiography "Odyssey of a Poor Boy, "my father had abandoned my mother and my sister who was 18 months old. Mother was left alone to give birth, then try to find some way to care for two babies." From this rough start which included periods in foster care, and dealing with family alcoholism and abandonment, Paul built a happy life based on a foundation of hard work, service to his community, great fun and most importantly, a devoted, loving family. He was relentless in his pursuit of self-improvement from getting his GED to taking college courses at the University of Hartford, to taking the Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Course and the Dale Carnegie Course where he eventually became a guest speaker. Despite his sporadic formal schooling, he was an extremely competitive scrabble player, a crossword buff, and a prolific reader and writer. In addition to his lifelong poetry writing skills, he also wrote the draft of a novel based upon his life, and his autobiography. He also took up Transcendental Meditation 40 years ago which he continued for the rest of his life.
At age 17, Paul joined the Army and spent the final years of the Korean war stationed in Paris, France. After completing his service when the war ended, he returned home where he met his bride to be, Virginia, "Tinka" Trump, whom he married soon after. When asked just days before his passing, what was the best thing he did in his life, his immediate answer was, "Marry Tinka!" Paul is survived by Tinka, his wife of 61 years, and his five children Chris Diehl, Paul Diehl and wife Amy, Fred Diehl, Bill Diehl, and Heidi Diehl and partner Mike Martin. He also leaves behind grandsons Alex, Corey, Kyle and Kent Diehl, sister-in-law Inge Trump, brothers-in-law Chris and Norman Trump, niece and nephew Alice and Carl Sealund. He is preceded in death by his parents, his three sisters Mary, Barbara and Alice, nephew Eddie Sealund, and to his great sorrow, his grandson Chris who passed unexpectedly in 2014.
In the early years before moving to Florida, Paul, along with his wife Tinka, was a leader in the fight to protect Coventry, CT from a massive urbanization project which was slated for this small country town. This battle, with its slogan "Keep the Cows in Coventry", galvanized the community and was ultimately a successful. Paul was a lifelong Republican and the Chairman of the Coventry Republican Party during the1970's. He was outgoing and gregarious, easily making friends of all kinds, and he counted an astronaut, a governor and a hockey star as close friends. He was also friends with Bill W. since 1975. Paul worked hard to support his large family, often holding down three jobs while the kids were young. But that did not stop him from having fun. He often caused a stir on Coventry Lake, where the family lived, when the neighbors would see big Paul Diehl, water skiing by waving while standing on one leg, on a stool, atop of a wooden platform. Later in life, Paul worked for his son Paul and wife Amy's business, Awnclean, for many years until retirement, keeping the operations and equipment running smoothly.
Paul's passions were many. He always loved martial arts and earned his Brown belt in Karate while in Connecticut, which he returned to while in Tampa, FL in the form of Tae Kwon Do, shepherding his grandsons to their Black Belts he ultimately earned a Black Belt himself in 2004, while taking classes with grandson Corey. Paul also loved to dance and for several years even taught ballroom dancing. Paul was passionate in his love of our country and was an ardent supporter of our troops. From 2001 through 2016, he could be found every Friday afternoon without fail at rush hour, waving the American Flag with the Bayshore Patriots. He was also a fixture at Post 5 American Legion Hall for many years where, as ombudsman for eight years, he met with members and guests alike, greeting folks, counseling young people, and helping to organize hall rentals. Since 1984, he was also the Vice President of the Florida East Coast Connecticut Club, a group of former Connecticut natives who meet monthly to gather and have fun.
We mourn the passing of this giant oak-tree of a man from our lives, but we are not sad for him. He told all that he met, from friends and family, to the dedicated hospice folks in his final days, that he had lived a full life he was proud of and that, as he looked back had few regrets. He was ready to go.
The family will hold a private celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or, a non-profit private school for bright, low income students in Tampa Bay.