Sanctuaries in the Snow

The Paul V. Macdonald Plaque and Bench (Aspen Mountain)

This bench is located near the top of the Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.  It was made by Dick Bird.  Carved into the back of the bench is:  "Paul V. Macdonald, 1937--2010."  There is also a plaque mounted on the back of the bench, reading as follows:

Paul V. Macdonald



"Pursue Your Dreams"

The Measure of a Man


Photos of the bench and plaque are below.


This is an obituary that appeared in the Aspen Times newspaper:

Aspen Times, Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Paul V. Macdonald






Paul V. Macdonald of Aspen and Falls Church, Va. passed away of natural causes at home with his family in Chantilly, Va. He was 72 years old.

Paul was born on Governor's Island, NY on October 10, 1937 to Colonel and Mrs. Vincent A. Macdonald, USA.

Paul graduated from Heidelberg American School in Heidelberg, Germany in 1956 where he was a four-sport letterman. He attended the University of Colorado on a football scholarship and was employed by the Washington, D.C. Fire Department, retiring in 1981 with the rank of lieutenant. He moved to Aspen in 1985 and was employed by the Aspen Skiing Co. until he retired in 2005. Paul was a member of Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224. He had many friends in Aspen and throughout the world of skiing — most of which he met at his station at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola.

Paul is survived by Shirley, his wife of 55 years, and four children: Paul Jr. and family of Chantilly, Va.; Dyan and family of Alexandria, Va.; John and family of Blacksburg, Va.; and Donna and family of Neive, Italy. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Alan of Virginia Beach, Va., and sister Connie of Germantown, Md.

Paul is remembered by all as a caring and loving person who always put others first in his life.

The family expresses their appreciation for all who have been an important experience or influence in our lives.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley; P.O. Box 3768; Basalt, CO 81621.

Arrangements were handled by Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va.



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