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Obituaries

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Paul Torre Lucheta
July 19, 1959 – December 8, 2017

Our beloved husband, brother and friend Paul Lucheta passed away Friday, December 8, 2017. Grieving for the loss of our intelligent, quietly passionate, and deeply caring Paul, we shall hold him in our hearts forever.

Paul showed amazing grace and strength throughout this last year as he battled cancer. He fought privately with complete determination, drawing even closer to his wife, Sharon, and with loving support from his sister, Lisa, and her husband, Richard.

A defining characteristic of Paul's that we love and draw inspiration from is how he would pursue passions to become expert at them. It began as a young man, playing tennis. He excelled at an early age and went on to become a ranked player in Northern California. What started as a keen interest in wine and food became a great enduring passion in Paul's life. It all started with a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, deepened with wine education at the Culinary Institute of America, and grew into a sommelier's depth of knowledge and expertise on wines from the greatest regions of the world. He would delight friends by generously bringing a special vintage to share at dinner, meticulously selected for the occasion.

Paul met Sharon, the love of his life, in 1997. They were inseparable from the start. They married in September of 2004, celebrating with their closest family and friends. They spent their lives traveling the world, planning wine dinners and spending time with family and friends. They were happy just being together. Paul embraced Sharon's family and lifelong bonds were created with her sister, Kathy, and her late husband, Ron Hartwick. To his nephews, Charlie and Michael, and niece, Molly, Paul relished being their mentor and loving friend.

Paul was a deeply proud, third-generation family owner of Torani Syrups & Flavors. He carried a legacy forward that began with his grandparents, Ezilda and Rinaldo Torre, in the North Beach neighborhood in 1925. Along with his sister, Lisa, their late father, Harry, and their devoted Torani team, they built a thriving company committed to people, relationships and community. When Paul joined the company, he began Torani's international division, launching Torani to the global brand it is today.

Marin was Paul's lifelong home. He grew up in Greenbrae, attending Wolfe Grade School, now Bacich Elementary, and Redwood High School, later graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in economics. Paul and Sharon made their home in Tiburon, enjoying the tranquility of the bay. Many evenings, Paul and Sharon would head across the Golden Gate Bridge to join friends, especially his sister, Lisa, and her husband, Richard "DV" Vaterlaus for dinners together.

Paul lived his life privately with integrity and kindness. A friend of his recently said, "There are some people who say and do for others, and then there is Paul, who quietly does."

Paul is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Ezilda (Bunny) Lucheta, and his brother-in-law Ronald Hartwick.

Paul is survived by his wife, Sharon Lucheta; his sister, Lisa Lucheta and her husband, Richard Vaterlaus; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Hartwick Wickland, and her husband, Roy Wickland; and his nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at St. Hilary's Church at noon on Thursday, December 21, 2017, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon.

In lieu of flowers, the Lucheta family suggests a donation in Paul's name to UCSF at www.makeagift.ucsf.edu/hospitals. Please direct your gift to the "Pancreas Fund with Dr. Tempero."

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