Paul English of Chico passed away on April 4, 2016. As he remembers it, he fell on his bottom while making a pot of tea and peacefully transitioned forward. Paul was anything but ordinary. Born on May 23, 1953 in Barking, Great Britain, Paul took great pride as the eldest of the family and developed an inquisitive spirit which he shared with everyone he met. Paul was a self-taught, self-made man who became a successful businessman at a young age. He established a number of enterprises in the motorcycle industry; for the few that weren’t successful, he reflected fondly upon them as “character-building” experiences.
Paul was always keen to live his life at full throttle and take risks, on the condition that he was in control! After building their dream home in the UK, Paul fell in love with Chico and decided to fulfill his ambition of living overseas. Although he was a frequent visitor to England, he built a new set of enterprises in Chico and along with them, a large, eclectic group of friends.
Paul was at home in the garage, tending to his vast collection of motorcycles and classic cars. He was an accomplished motorcycle racer, with a career that spanned a decade. He was particularly proud of his victory at Brands Hatch in 1976, where he won the 500 production solo class on a Kawasaki. He twice raced in the Isle of Man, where he proudly finished 3rd place in the 250cc class at the Manx Grand Prix. He continued his passion for racing by sponsoring two fine gentlemen, one of whom continues to race today. Most recently, he and his wife Lily participated in classic car rallies, where they raced around the British Isles, France, Spain, Croatia and Australia.
Paul was a family man. He was immensely proud of his daughters and delighted in their adventures. He loved returning to England and catching up with family over a pint of Guinness. But most important, he adored his wife Lily; his teammate on and off the road. They were rarely seen apart, and whether a proverbial or literal push on his motorcycle, she enabled him to achieve some of his greatest ambitions.
Paul’s spirit and vivacious energy will live on through his wife Lily, his daughters Bryony and Amy and her partner Gary, his brothers Michael and David, his sister Sally, his Uncle Jim and Aunty Joan, his cousins and all his extended family.
In lieu of flowers, we hope you will contribute toward a memorial fund, available through YouCaring, which will support a scholarship fund to continue his spirit https://www.youcaring.com/paul-english-550474