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Remembering Paul Emmett

Republished from the blog of Dan Woog, February 15, 2015


At Staples, Paul Emmett was one of the best-known and most popular members of the Class of 1970. He was involved in a host of activities, and was honored in the yearbook for “Most School Service.”

Paul went on to entertain and charm countless customers, in his 25 years as president of New York-based Restaurant Associates’ sports and entertainment division, and president of its Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse chain.Paul Emmett, as MC of the 1969 Homecoming festivities.

Paul moved to Florida in 1999, and led Duffy’s Sports Grill’s expansion to nearly 30 restaurants. His focus on customer service, and providing a great sports environment, was legendary.

Nearly everyone in South Florida knew Paul. He was a ubiquitous presence among employees and customers, and represented the chain on TV ads.

A dedicated community volunteer, he served on the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Economics Council, and the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Paul died Tuesday, of complications from cancer. He was 62.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Geri; 3 children, Heather, Jason and Alexander; his father, Jay, and 2 brothers, Steven and Andrew.

A large crowd celebrated Paul’s life on Saturday. A video tribute included many scenes from Paul’s joyful days at Compo, Staples, and growing up on Prospect Road.