In Loving Memory of Paul Michael Serpe "Paulie"
Born on September 12, 1985, in New Jersey, Paul Michael Serpe, affectionately known as Paulie, left this world on July 17, 2023. He was a loving husband, brother, son, and friend, and his untimely departure left a profound void in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn Kay Serpe, who shared his dreams and adventures. Together, they resided in Driggs, Idaho, where they were building a new house in Paul's dream location among the mountains. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Davidheiser, her husband Eric Davidheiser, and their 2-year-old son Philip Michael. Paul's parents, Linda and Russell Serpe, mourn the loss of their cherished son.
Paul's journey in life was marked by passion and adventure. He grew up in Northern New Jersey, where he developed a deep love for sports, particularly the NY Yankees and Giants. His early years were filled with joy as he played and watched his favorite teams compete.
After attending Morristown Beard School in New Jersey and Salisbury School in Connecticut, Paul pursued his dreams, excelling in lacrosse at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. But his culinary passion called him, and he found his true calling at the French Culinary Institute, studying in both New York and Italy, with a special focus on Italian cuisine. His love for food and culture shone through, bringing delight to those around him.
In pursuit of adventure and a life in the mountains, Paul moved to Park City, Utah. There, he flourished as an exceptional baker at Red Bicycle Breadworks, showcasing his talents and the Italian culinary knowledge he had acquired. He further manifested his culinary dreams by co-founding Hidden Peak Dining, a catering business in partnership with Tom Thibodeau, which continues to thrive today.
In Utah, Paul met his wife, Kathryn "Kate" Serpe, and the two were united in marriage on September 26, 2015. Friends and family from across the country came together to celebrate their union. In 2021, Paul and Kate made their way to Driggs, Idaho, where they were building their dream home amidst the majestic mountains they both cherished.
Paul's construction work at With The Grain Building and Design allowed him to follow in his father's footsteps. His passion for the outdoors flourished, and he embraced every opportunity to explore nature's wonders. Skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, camping, golfing, floating the Snake River, and playing hockey were just a few of the adventures that brought him immense joy.
However, what truly set Paul apart was his boundless generosity and warmth as a friend. He hosted unforgettable Thanksgivings for those in the food and beverage industry who lacked family nearby. Always ready to help, he would give without hesitation, providing a place to stay, a cooked meal, or a listening ear. Paul's vibrant energy was infectious, and his enthusiasm for life was truly contagious. He was known for his humor, being a straight shooter, and having sayings that could make anyone burst into laughter.
Paul's departure leaves a void that will be deeply felt by countless friends and loved ones. To honor his memory, a remembrance will be held at the Teton Springs Resort and Spa in Victor, Idaho, on July 22 from 2-4 pm. Additionally, a celebration of his life will be held at the Essex Fells Country Club in New Jersey on Saturday, September 9.
Paul Michael Serpe, you touched the lives of many with your kindness, love, and zest for life. Your memory will forever remain in the hearts of those you touched, and your legacy will continue to shine bright through the love and laughter you shared with everyone around you. Rest in peace, dear Paulie.