Paul G. Minz
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Paul Minz passed away at the age of 54 after battling multiple myeloma. Born on July 19, 1966, in West Bend, Wisconsin, Paul was the fifth of six children of George and Elizabeth (nee Falter) Minz. Paul was a devoted father, son, brother, uncle, and friend who loved his family and friends with a deep and infectious spirit.
Paul spent his entire childhood in West Bend, graduating from West Bend West High School in 1984. He moved to Milwaukee at age 18 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He lived in the greater metropolitan Milwaukee area the remainder of his life, including more than two decades in Waukesha.
After working a variety of odd jobs, at age 25, Paul began his lifelong calling in the golf industry. First, he became a sales associate at B&G Golf store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, working his way up to store manager. He then became a sales representative for Callaway Golf throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. After 13 years at Callaway, he became Territory Manager for Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Michigan for Cobra Puma Golf, where he worked until multiple myeloma claimed him.
While every place he called home his entire life was encompassed by a twenty-mile radius in southeastern Wisconsin, Paul enjoyed traveling, driving all over the USA with his daughters. He loved the outdoors, whether on the golf course, on the open road, or on a wilderness hike--especially along the Appalachian Trail. He had a passion for music, particularly for live performances from the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Leo Kottke, and the Grateful Dead. He even attended a One Direction concert, though he claimed it was at his daughters’ behest. An avid sports fan, his love of the Packers, Bucks, Brewers and Badgers was only surpassed by his fanaticism for his daughters’ sports teams. But perhaps his greatest personal passion was his love of playing boardgames and tabletop RPGs, from the games of his childhood to the hottest new board games he’d play with his daughters, siblings, and friends.
Paul’s enthusiasm and laughter were infectious, spreading joy at family events, sporting events or just during a walk in the woods. He was also known for strong opinions and a fierce stubborn streak; in other words, he was one of the Minz siblings.
Paul is survived by his daughters, Sophia, Josephine, and Christina, his ex-wife Brenda Breunig, and all five of his siblings, Mark, Rene Brasted, Sara Smith, John and James. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In recognition of his beloved bichon frise, Muffin, donations may be made to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County in lieu of flowers.
Memorial Gathering Saturday, May 22, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 South Hartwell Avenue, Waukesha, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, with a funeral Mass held immediately thereafter.
“There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night.
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone…”
--from “Ripple,” The Grateful Dead. American Beauty
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