NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 3, 2013

Brent Paulhus, 47


Newburyport, MA — Brent Francis Paulhus, 47, passed away peacefully on May 28, with his brothers by his side after a 12-year battle with ALS.

Brent was born in Newburyport, attended the Davenport School, Rupert A. Nock Middle School, Newburyport High School, and Northeastern University. He became a stockbroker at Stock Cross in Boston.

Brent appreciated living in the moment, valued personal interaction with everyone he met, enjoyed dancing and music, sappy movies, and trivia. Known for being an avid sports fan, Brent believed in fighting to the end, and his courageous bout with ALS lasted much longer than odds would have predicted. Brent’s optimism was reflected in everything that he did, such as attending Games 4 and 5 of the Red Sox’s 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees – a match-up that also involved long odds.

Brent touched many lives with his kindness, courage and humor, inspiring all who knew him. He was quick to make new friends, and was always there when you needed a laugh. His generosity was on display each workday morning, when he would stop to share a laugh, a kind word, or a few bucks with the homeless friends he made as part of his daily commute to work in Boston. This concern for the well-being of all those around him resonated every day of his life. His ability to create spontaneous, memorable moments will be sorely missed.

Brent was predeceased by his father, Francis W. Paulhus, and is survived by twin brother, Bryan Paulhus and his wife, Gina, of Haverhill, Mass.; brother, Jeffrey Paulhus and his wife, Meridith, of Cambridge, Mass.; sister, Brandy Lattime of Seabrook, N.H.; stepbrother, Tommy Lattime of Seabrook; sister, Lisa Keegan and her husband, Michael Hickey, of Salisbury, Mass.; and his mother, Linda Paulhus and longtime companion, Herbert Crooks, of Newburyport.

ARRANGEMENTS: A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Brent’s life will be held at the Ale House in Amesbury, Mass., on June 18, beginning at 6 p.m.