Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
The Westbury community this week lost one of its most ardent and dedicated public servants in the passing of former Trustee Paul H. Echausse. Paul served seven terms as a member of the Village Board of Trustees, and for many years as Deputy Mayor. In that time, he was a vocal advocate for Westbury’s residents. Paul was a man of high integrity, and has left an indelible mark on the Westbury community as a result of his lifetime of service.
He was the person principally responsible for my first involvement in village government and I had the privilege of serving on the village board with him. I recall Paul telling me, when I was first appointed, that it was our job, as members of government serving our neighbors, to always listen to the people, and always be responsive to their needs. That was the main principle that guided his public career. There are countless examples as to how he manifested this in the actions he took and decisions he made.
In his private life, Paul was a devoted family man who, with his wife Joan, raised eight children in our community. He was a man of great faith who was an active and devoted parishioner at St. Brigid’s Church. He served until recently as a Eucharistic Minister, in addition to his participation in a number of other ministries over the years. Paul’s wife Joan serves in the very important role of heading the Parish Outreach office at St. Brigid. In these ways, and others, Paul and his family have made a significant impact and contribution to the Westbury community. They have served literally thousands of people in their everyday needs, making our community better.
Paul Echausse was one of a generation of men and women for whom service was a first priority of citizenship, and we can all learn a great deal from his example.
Our prayers, thoughts and good wishes are with Joan and the Echausse family at this time. God bless Paul and his family, and may he rest in peace.
Peter I. Cavallaro