Remembering Paul Thorpe

I am writing to share my sadness over the recent death of Asheville business owner, teacher and friend, Paul Thorpe. Paul died completely unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 3, while working in his yard in Montford. He was 45 years old.

Paul owned the Asheville Music School, and began teaching my son piano three years ago after we first moved to Asheville. My son can be challenging, full of questions and energy, but Paul was always patient, full of good humor and immensely creative in his teaching. His love of music was contagious. Already my 9-year-old understands music in ways I never did, even after I took lessons for many years.

As an Asheville parent, business-owner and neighbor, I am heartbroken by the loss of Paul. He was just beginning to take his business in new directions, to build new relationships and connections with other downtown businesses. I am especially sad that I didn't take time to know Paul better. We felt like we had time for that, you know?

I hope that many will come forward and share stories of Paul so we can all get to know him better. And I hope, too, that we are all reminded of how precious each moment is with our family, friends and loved ones. I know I am. To add your remembrances, visit

— Elizabeth Schell

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