Thomas Paul Thoryk

December 24, 1941 to July 25, 2017

Paul’s larger than life spirit, 75 years old, took the journey, likely dancing, to heaven to be with his mom, dad and family members who have passed.  Paul’s body went into a state of rest at the 5 a.m. sunrise, which he thought was a beautiful time of day. Paul left this world surrounded by his wife, all of his children, all of his grandchildren, and his brother and sister, just as he would have wished.

Paul was born in San Diego, California, the son of Ida and Joe Thoryk. He received many awards throughout high school in pole vaulting, and this is also when he met his first wife, Charlene. They married, moved to San Luis Obispo, while he attended college. In 1965, Paul graduated at the top of his class in Architecture at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. During college, he also served in the Marine Reserves. Paul’s 52-year career in Architecture was his biggest passion in life and he worked up to the day he passed away. Paul was internationally acclaimed for his unique designs and was honored with countless awards in every area of the field. His latest dream was to build the largest resort in the world in the Dominican Republic and affordable housing for low income families all over the world. His other passions were boxing, UFC fighting, art, dancing and traveling. Paul had 3 children, Brian, Teresa and Heidi and they were the love of his life.

Paul had an amazing career and traveled the world in search of inspiration for his architectural designs. Through his travels and career, Paul met lifelong friends from all walks of life. He exemplified strength, generosity, creativity, fun and perseverance.

In January 2012, Paul met his soul mate Clairet in the Dominican Republic.  They fell in love and spent 5 ½ beautiful years together until the day he died. Paul is survived by his wife, Clairet Thoryk; 3 children, Brian Thoryk, Teresa Tracy, and Heidi McKay; granddaughters, Corie, Kaylee, Shea, Ava, and Carolyn; grandsons, Kyle, Carlo, John Paul and Isaac; brother Al Thoryk and sisters Linda  and Mona Thoryk.

Paul’s unlimited energy and love will be missed by all.

Celebration of Life

  • Date: August 5, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Address: 9675 Scranton Road San Diego CA 92121
  • Directions: Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Paul was my mentor, benefactor and friend. At 18, this long-haired recent high school graduate with dreams of one day becoming an architect wondered into Paul's first office in Pacific Beach. I told the secretary I wanted to be an architect and I wanted to work there...most of the staff chuckled but Paul over heard the conversation and put me to work then and there...as the office boy/apprentice. It wasn't long before Paul was sending me out to his projects to work with the contractors and learn construction - Paul's background was construction and knew how important hands on knowledge was to an architect. At night, after a day of building I would return to the office - clean and file, then Paul would sit me down and teach me how to draw. My friend once said, "Michael, your drawings are not just technical drawings, they are works of art." After 8 years of Paul's tutelage, a lot of hard work and study, I took the State exams and gained my License to practice Architecture. I owe my professional career to Paul. I spend weekends with Paul and his family at their horse ranch, and became part of the family. Building, Building, always building, taking care of the horses...taking the horses to shows from Scottsdale to San Francisco...so many stories, so many memories. In many ways, Paul was like a Dad to me. Rest in peace, I am forever indebted to the man that changed my life.

Michael Cather on August 04, 2017

We lost a good person , friend and a great dreamer God is having a laugh with him We will miss him

Jose Aponte on August 04, 2017

To the entire family my mom and I are so sorry for your loss. Heidi Teresa Brian: we love you so much and are hearts and prayers are with you. 😘

AJ Bellarosa on August 04, 2017

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