Paul E. Cheshire
June 15, 1964 - February 10, 2022

Paul Edward Cheshire, 57, of Cedar Point, NC, departed this earth for his final quest on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Mr. Cheshire was born June 15, 1964, in Sarasota Florida, to the late James Edward Cheshire and Nikki Pappas Cheshire. After serving our country honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal from 1981 to 1984, Mr. Cheshire spent a short time in private industry before going into law enforcement.  He started as a police officer in Surf City before going on to devote his life to serving the Town of Emerald Isle.  As Captain of the Police Department, he was a revered advisor, respected supervisor and much honored investigator.  Even after a formal retirement in June of 2019, Mr. Cheshire never stopped working for the Town of Emerald Isle. Along with serving the community, Mr. Cheshire had a passion for feeding others. Be it wild birds and animals or humans; no one ever came across his path and went hungry. Mr. Cheshire was an IT expert and a self-deemed, “Computer Geek”, he enjoyed gaming online where he made many friends. He also loved travel and he was a shopaholic. Finding a gift for others gave him great pleasure, it would always be perfectly fitted to the person and nothing less than a wonderful surprise when given. If one word could describe Mr. Cheshire, it would be generous.

Left to cherish his memory, he is survived by his life partner and the love of his life, Debra Sellers Davis of Wilmington, NC; two sons, Joshua Edward Cheshire and Nicholas James Cheshire, both of Jacksonville NC; sister, Ruth Mary Daigle and husband Michael; niece, Sarah Faith Geraghty and husband Tobias all of Marlborough, MA; and a cherished niece, Isabella and nephew, Cameron. Along with his family by blood, Mr. Cheshire is survived by many people upon which he made a lasting impression on and by those he treasured in his time here on earth.  Mr. Cheshire is sorely missed by fur baby, Willie Nelson.

Mr. Cheshire was preceded in death by both of his parents, his fur baby Elvis, and other animals, all cherished when they crossed the rainbow bridge.

A celebration of Mr. Cheshire’s life will be held on Sunday, February 27th from 3-6pm at the Islander Motel, Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.  The committal service will be held Monday, February 28th at 2 pm at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC.

Charitable donations may be made to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter, 100 Wildlife Way, Newport NC  28570.  Please note that it is in honor of Paul Cheshire.

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  • Patti Davis Posted February 16, 2022 10:11 pm

    My heartfelt hugs to the family. I never met Mr. Cheshire, but so loved his traffic reports. They always brought a smile. Condolences to all his loves❤️.

  • Jennifer Posted February 17, 2022 7:31 pm

    Paul was an amazing man. Those who were able to be in his life received a great gift. The gift of his frienship. He was genuine in everything he did and would give you the shirt off his back without expecting anything in return. I will miss him so very much. I will miss his conversation, laughs and big hugs. Rest easy my dear friend. .

  • Donna & Irv Davis Posted February 19, 2022 5:57 pm

    Gone too soon is the best description. So glad I got to see you last trip to N C. Hoped to spend more time with you and Debbie after I retired this January. Don’t put things off. We will all be together after we cross the Rainbow bridge. Love and Miss you. Donna & Irv Davis

  • Teresea Posted February 22, 2022 1:40 pm

    The world is a sadder place without Paul. I will miss his great sense of humor and his kind and caring personality. I am honored to have known him. Rest In Peace.

  • Mike Posted February 28, 2022 12:45 pm

    I met Paul back in 2001 when I went to work for Emerald Isle Public Works. As part of my job I cleaned the Police Department every morning. That’s mostly where we would talk.forward to 2019 when my wife and I opened CP’S Pantry & Grill. Our friendship just grew for there. Paul would come in almost every day to eat and get his scratch off’s. His long time co worker and best friend Tim would join him for most days for lunch. I have never met someone so full of life. I don’t think I have every seen Paul angry. Paul would do anything to help you if he could. He loved life and making people laugh. We will be missed by so many of us. RIP my friend. ♥️

  • Phillip Posted March 23, 2022 4:42 pm

    I first met Paul via a phone call. I was a new federal agent in Wilmington and Paul called our office after 5pm on a Friday. I answered and he did not believe I was an actual agent. Rather he thought I worked for an answering service because, in his words, “all feds went home by 3 on Friday’s!” He followed this statement with a huge laugh. That phone call started a very fruitful professional relationship that grew into a fond friendship. Paul was a huge credit to our profession! He worked tirelessly on cases for the community, state and country he loved. His acumen for the job, particularly investigations, could have been missed by many because he worked for a small agency. But his skills and tenacity rivaled the best I have ever seen!
    His laughter cut through the multitude of stresses the job presented, and although big as a mountain he was kind, caring and warm. After leaving NC and have several other assignments throughout my career Paul always kept in touch and reminded me why we pursued the task of public safety and justice.
    I am a better man because of the friendship I shared with Paul, and I will miss him dearly. Godspeed brother!

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