Paul G. Kuehhirt passed away at home on Monday, October 7, 2019 with his wife by his side. A huge thank you to Keystone Hospice for all of their help and caring.
Paul was born in Shanghai, China June 30, 1945. His family left Shanghai in 1948 and came to San Francisco where he lived and graduated from Westmoor High School. Paul enlisted in the Air Force in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1970. While in the Air Force he attended Texas Christian University.
Paul worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Company prior to enlisting and returned to the phone company upon his honorable discharge from Service. He left the phone company in 1980 and came to work for Communications Dynamics, Inc. (CDI) where he met the love of his life, Tricia. They went on their fist date July 7, 1980 and have been together ever since.
Paul and Tricia started a phone installation business in 1981 and installed commercial phone systems in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. When the installation contracting business in the Bay Area came to the point where they would have to “go big” or “go home,” Paul chose to sell the business.
In 1993, he opened a bicycle shop in San Mateo, CA. Cycling had always been a passion of his so it was a natural progression that he would open a bicycle shop. He found an old printing shop on El Camino in San Mateo, CA. and did a total remodel on the space and Cyclepath of San Mateo opened it’s doors May 15, 2003. Paul was a perfectionist in everything he did. When it came to bicycles he wasn’t satisfied selling the usual production bikes so it evolved into a custom bike shop. He had clients come to him from around the country, based on word of mouth. His business thrived and he became known as the Bike God and/ or the Bike Nazi. In 2002 he received an offer from a persistent buyer that he could not refuse and so, the shop sold. The following year Paul and Tricia left the Bay Area and moved to Boise.
Another passion of Paul’s was cars! Chrome and cubic inches! He did a frame-off restoration of his 1969 GTO and Tricia’s 1967 Firebird. They attended car shows together for years and Paul won many awards including a couple coveted awards from the Oakland Roadster Show.
After moving to Boise in 2003 Paul missed having a “toy.” By toy I mean a car….so in 2005 he bought a 2003 C5 Corvette. Soon after he started racing with the Valley Corvette Club at Firebird Raceway. Racing with his “team” became one of his joys in life. Every winter it seemed, his Corvette would winter at Barry’s, Paul’s very good friend and mechanic. And subsequently every Spring his Corvette would be just a little faster.
Paul also remodeled his new home in Idaho - again being a perfectionist - the remodel came out beautifully. In 2006 a bicycle accident resulted in a permanent injury to his right arm which slowed the remodel considerably. This was very frustrating for him but he kept on even though it would take him three days to do something that would previously take one day.
Paul was honorable, serious, intellectual, technical, smart, solid and dependable. He was definitely opinionated and could and would logically back up every one of them.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Tricia, daughter, Dawn and six grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday, December 3rd at the Veteran’s Cemetery at 1045am. A Celebration of Paul’s life will be held immediately following at The Flats in Eagle.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Boise Bully Breed Rescue in Paul's name would be appreciated. http://boisebullybreedrescue.com
Directions to Veteran’s Cemetery: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Idaho+State+Veterans+Cemeteryemail@example.com,-116.3095346,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x54af002027aacf79:0xc56fce2666b85172!8m2!3d43.695666!4d-116.3073459
Directions to The Flats: https://theflats16.com/contact-us/
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