Paul Ryan Guttman
Paul Ryan Guttman died April 30, 2006 at Cleveland Clinic.
He was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and moved to Massillon
in 1996. He attended Kent State University in 1969, majoring in LSD and euchre,
where he had quite a reputation as a student activist. After years of struggle,
23 years ago he became a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Paul had a unique ability to inspire others, which
inevitably led him to pursue a career in social work. He received a Bachelor
of Social Work from the University of Akron and a Master of Social Administration
from Case Western Reserve University. He achieved many professional licenses,
among them Licensed Independent Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical
Dependency Counselor. Paul flourished in his career offering courage, strength
and hope to all who crossed his path. He had a way of listening that made
everyone he came into contact with feel important. He provided direct service
in the field of addiction treatment for 12 years and personally treated over
6000 clients in crisis. Paul most recently served as Executive Director of
the Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services Board of Stark County. There are
many people whose lives he changed for the better every day just by being
the person he was.
He will be remembered as a true Renaissance man, whose
interests included painting, sculpting, photography, woodworking, entertaining,
collecting, and music. The only things that surpassed his creativity were
his love of life and his sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his
father Theobald; mother, Laura Jean; and brother, Jon. Paul will be sadly
missed by his wife, Sue; son, Arlo (Ruthe) Guttman; daughter, Sarah (Nick)
Guttman; grandchildren, Mick and Emma; sister, Shari Guttman; sister-in-law,
Joann Guttman of Wilmington, N.C.; and others too numerous to mention.Friends
may call 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the
Paquelet Funeral Home in Massillon. A Tribute to Paul's life will be 2 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to any alcohol or other drug treatment or prevention agency in Stark County.
(Paquelet - Massillon, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 330-833-3222.)
Published in the Akron Beacon Journal on 5/2/2006.