Paul Joseph Bohnet, Esq. was born on June 23, 1966, in New Jersey. He is survived by his father William P. Bohnet and his mother Cecilia A. Ashman, both of New Jersey. Paul moved to Virginia Beach in his early twenties and initially made his living through construction. It did not take Paul long to build a large base of friends and begin playing bass with a local band “The Roommates”.
In 1992, he was a victim of a crime which changed his life forever leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Where others may have given up, Paul pushed through and reinvented himself. He went to Old Dominion University earning his Bachelor of Art in Business Administration in 1998. Having experienced first hand the criminal justice system, he became interested in law. Paul went on to become a member of the Virginia State Bar in 2007 after completing an extremely rigorous self-study program and passing the bar exam on his first attempt.
Paul may have been an attorney by profession but his interests extended well beyond practicing law. Paul was an active part of the local music scene for 30 years. He was also a skilled mechanic who could and did fix many vehicles for his friends, even after he lost the use of his legs. If you could describe the sound the car was making, he could diagnose the problem with a surprising level of accuracy. If you asked, “what’s that going to cost to fix?” He likely told you “Park it on the front lawn and don’t block my truck.” Whether it was your car, or any other problem, he was always willing to help; and, if he couldn’t fix your problem, he knew someone who could.
Never one to allow his disability to stop him from experiencing life, he was fortunate to be able to travel to Greece to see the Olympics in 2004. Paul was able to make an adventure of running routine errands, always looking for ways to make light of the challenges of a wheelchair. His personality filled the room and his playful, teasing nature combined with his quick wit could make you laugh until you cried. The more he loved you the more he teased! He was a rock for many; filling the role of big brother for others; and always caring for his friends.
Paul had an enormous heart and an ability to turn friends into family. While his Virginia Beach family may have been a bit unconventional, it was real, intertwined, and as deeply loved by Paul and Paul was loved by them. Paul will be in our hearts forever.
A funeral service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1800 Baltic Avenue, Virginia Beach, at 11:00 AM on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The burial will be held immediately after at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3345 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach.
Paul had a passion for cars.
Paul was an inventor – If he couldn’t afford it, he made it. This a snow plow that he made from scratch.
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 am