Paul L. McKean — 1953-2022
Paul L. McKean went sliding into heaven on his final journey saying, “what a hell of a ride” on September 6, 2022. His love of his life, favorite traveling companion, and wife Lisa was at his side. They did more together in his short life than most of us dream of doing. He was always up for an adventure. Once his mind was set, nothing would change it or stop him. Lisa was always excited for the adventure with him.
Paul spent his childhood in West Hartford, Connecticut. Primarily attending Catholic schools where he was able to practice and hone his skills on how to talk his way out of just about anything. Paul traveled to Europe. He attended various colleges until he found his way to Burlington, Vermont, where he attended and graduated from Burlington College.
Ready for his next life long adventure, Paul met and fell in love with the girl of his dreams. She very quickly became his life partner. One look at her and he decided she would be his wife. They were married seven weeks after their first date. They recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2022.
As always, Paul wanted more and decided to enroll at Vermont Law School. In snowy conditions with long rides, Paul was not going to be deterred. He looked at it as another adventure. He graduated and passed the Florida bar. Once again perfect timing as he and Lisa had just suffered through a third blizzard in Essex Junction, Vermont, and were ready for some sun. Once arriving in Sarasota on December 14, 1987, Paul began practicing law. He specialized in real estate, probate, and aviation law for 20 years.
The adventure challenge itch hit Paul once again. He pursued his Masters in Social Work while he continued his legal practice. Upon graduation, Paul realized his greatest joy was in the practice of psychotherapy. He loved working with each and every client. He truly felt he gained as much from them as they did from him. This led Paul to become partners with his wife. He stopped practicing law and became a full time psychotherapist.
When you think of a renaissance man, think Paul! He was a psychotherapist, lawyer, private pilot, motorcyclist, skydiver, gun enthusiast, and rescued dogs that no one else wanted. His dogs were like his children. He was a man who left nothing on the table and passed away without regrets.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, Leland and Regina McKean of West Hartford, Connecticut; his father-in-law John “Pro” Herbert; mother-in-law Betty Herbert; his step mother-in-law Toby Herbert.
Paul is survived by his wife Lisa Herbert McKean of Sarasota, Florida; his sister Madonna McKean-King and her husband Mark; sister-in-laws, Jackie Brown, Linda Blair, and Jane Springer; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
The family would also like to extend special thanks to the many friends that stopped by the hospital to visit Paul. It made him feel loved and make his final days special.
There will be a celebration of Paul’s life on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant located at 7950 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida from 2-5.