Posted: Jun 27, 2013 5:21 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
Updated: Jun 28, 2013 6:25 AM
Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the sudden death of the chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Paul Teixeira.
Teixeira passed away from an apparent heart attack early Thursday morning.
Teixeira served San Luis Obispo County for decades in various positions, most recently as District Four Supervisor.
Supervisor Teixeira always referred to himself as an average guy, your next door neighbor.
But for many, he was so much more
Those closest to him told KSBY Teixeira was always able to put a smile on everyone's face, even in the toughest of times.
Flags flew at half-staff Thursday to honor and pay tribute to a man many called a friend of the people.
"Essentially a big lovable galute is what I always called him," said Supervisor Adam Hill, "It's just hard not to like Paul, Mr. Nipomo, I mean he just loved the community he grew up in so much."
He donated much of his time not only to the board but to organizations like the Boy Scouts, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.
"Gosh I don't know if I ever saw him without his shirts or his pins," said Hill fondly.
Teixeira's colleagues say whenever things got contentious or overwhelming, he was always able to calm the storm.
"He would always tap on the door and tell a funny joke or something," said Supervisor Debbie Arnold, "Always up lifting, always happy, always energetic."
Staff referred to him as a man who walked his own line in life and in the boardroom.
"Paul was clearly at times a critical swing vote on issues," said Hill, "I think that he always was open-minded to what was best for the community."
Supervisor Teixeira had just begun his term as chairman of the board . For the 57- year- old, it wasn't just the community he was serving, it was his home.
"This was the pinnacle for him of a long life of serving his community," said Hill, "I'm really going to miss him."
He leaves behind his wife who was out of town when he died and five children.
Supervisor Bruce Gibson will take over as chair of the board.
The governor will appoint the next supervisor to finish out the remainder of Supervisor Teixeira's term which is up in 2014.
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