UPDATED: In memoriam – Smirfs2k05 (1988-2010)
UPDATE: The Inland Empire S2000 owners group (part of the Southern California S2000 Owners) have started a fund raising activity to providing for Paul’s 9 month old son Lukha. Please click here to find out how you can contribute to Paul’s memory and his family by contributing to the LUKHA DONATION TRUST.
S2KI mourns the loss of our member Smirfs2k05 (Paul Flores) of the Southern California S2000 Owners group who passed away May 1, 2010 surrounded by friends and family. Coming as it does barely 3 weeks after we lost RC-Ryder, this is a shocker and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with the Socal community that Paul called home. He was mentioned in the recent front page post on the S2k Challenge series which said that Paul graciously helped with gridding the cars as he could not run because of a problem with his car.
Paul leaves behind his significant other Mirrisha and his 9-month old child Lukha. On April 30th, Paul was changing the differential on his car, when something caused the car to roll and pinned Paul underneath collapsing one of his lungs and suffocating him. 20-45 minutes passed before it came to someone’s attention and Paul was air-lifted to the Loma Linda Hospital. Paul was kept alive on life support and battling for life until his moment of demise on May 1st. He was surrounded by family, friends and members of the S2KI community.
Mirrisha, Paul’s significant other had the following message for us:
“I hope I don’t offend anyone by posting on here, but I wanted to thank you all so much for being so wonderful to Paul’s family, Lukha, and myself. I cannot explain the comfort I felt by having all of you there to love and support us in our time of need. You were all brothers to Paul. He loved you all so much, talked about you constantly, and treasured the Wednesday IE meet and the Friday Topdown meet. Lukha won’t have Paul, but he will have all of his best friends, and you can all help me in keeping Paul alive. We will also come to the meets every once in awhile to say hi. Paul would have wanted Lukha to be apart of that special bond. I love you all so very much, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Mirrisha and Lukha”
Please post your messages of support and prayer for the bereaved family by clicking here. The world and our community has lost yet another valuable member and we are the poorer for it. Our thoughts go out to his family and all that counted Paul as one of their own.
Images courtesy of Randizzle88, chairmnofthboard, f23power and QuagmireS2K.
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