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Paul R. Ellsworth

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Celebration of Life for Paul

Paul's family looks forward to welcoming you and hopes you will join his family, friends, and colleagues in this tribute to his life.

Please RSVP to attend, in-person or via livestream, in the section below.


Sunday, July 28th


Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

The Harris Theater

3270 Mitchell Park Drive

 Brookfield, WI 53045


Day-Of Schedule 

Doors Open: 2:00 PM CDT

Paul's Celebration of Life Program: 3:00 PM CDT

Reception & Visitation with Paul's Family: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


Business Casual


There is parking available at the Wilson Center in the adjacent Mitchell Park surface lot.

Please RSVP Below 

To RSVP to attend Pauls's Celebration of Life in-person or via livestream, please click the button below.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 9th

 If you have any questions about your RSVP, please email or call (312) 373-0847.

Lodging Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milwaukee Brookfield

115 Discovery Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045 

To book a room, click here.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee Brookfield

135 Discovery Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin, 53045

To book a room, click here.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Brookfield

18155 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

To book a room, click here.

Please see below for nearby hotels. 

Attend Paul's Celebration of Life via Livestream

Please note the livestream button will not become active until ~30 minutes before the celebration of life program begins.

Life Story

Paul passed away at home peacefully on June 9th, 2024, in the presence of his family after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer.  

Paul was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the oldest son of the late Jane (nee Merwin) and late Paul Ellsworth’s seven children.

Loving husband of Patsy (nee Friend) of 50 years and Father of Ephraim (Sohee) Ellsworth, Oliver (Jennifer) Ellsworth and Clifford (Lori) Ellsworth and beloved “Big P” to five grandchildren: Tessa Ellsworth, Patrice Ellsworth, Clara Ellsworth, Harris Ellsworth and Vivien Ellsworth. 

Oldest brother of Mary Busby, John Ellsworth (Maria), Jamie Ellsworth (Patti), Matt Ellsworth (Tracy) and Tim Ellsworth (Kristin). Pre-deceased by brother Peter Ellsworth. He also leaves behind cousins and many nieces and nephews. 

Paul attended Nicolet High School and was an accomplished athlete in football, basketball and track. 

He started and was the lead singer for a band in high school called “Big P and the Pods,” which won the Battle of the Bands at Nicolet High School. Though the band wasn’t successful in the true sense of the word, he attributed his sales skills to learning how to get “gigs” for the band.

He graduated from Nicolet High School in 1965 and attended UW-Parkside and UW-Madison.

Paul’s nickname was Sandy, for the color of his hair, and many of his family and friends still call him that to this day. His other nickname was “Big P”, as many family members and close friends referred to him. When asked what he wanted his grandchildren to call him, he didn’t hesitate to say “Big P”. 

During the first year of his marriage to Patsy, Paul continued to play music with his band in southwest Wisconsin bars. After one year, he decided he had had enough and needed to make a living. He began working under the mentorship of his father, an independent manufacturer’s representative, in his parents’ basement. His father Paul Sr. found a line of adhesives for him to sell, and that was all it took. He set up an office in his parents’ basement, and Patsy joined him after he made a few sales. He then began to build his successful business under the name of Ellsworth Adhesives. He had found his calling and loved nothing more than closing a sale. 

He bought his father out after one year, and he and Patsy worked as equal partners from that point forward. His vision was to become a nation-wide distributor of industrial adhesives and later to become the largest global distributor of industrial adhesives, which he accomplished. 

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Paul built his business over 50 years and employed hundreds of people globally, improving the lives of countless families. He wanted to leave a legacy for his children and grandchildren and had the desire for his business to go on for as long as possible after he was gone. He was very humble about his success as a businessman and often refused interviews or being in the limelight.  

Paul was passionate about nature, and he found solace hiking on the shores of Lake Michigan, where he grew up, and around his Mequon property, which he continued to enhance by building more ponds and planting more and more trees. This was his refuge and sanctuary. He was an avid fisherman and loved going fishing with Patsy and his sons, grandkids and friends. 

He spent many years coaching his sons in baseball, basketball and soccer and co-created the first U-8 competitive soccer team for Mequon United. He loved coaching kids and was passionate about winning.  

When Paul became 40 years of age, golf became another one of his passions. His grandfather shot a score of 74 at 74 years of age, and Paul always dreamed about doing the same. In 2020, Paul shot a 74 shortly after he turned 74 and was extremely proud of this accomplishment.

Paul loved Patsy, his wife of 50 years and business partner, and his three sons and five grandchildren, who were the light of his life. He will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he touched. 

Paul’s family would like to thank Mayo Clinic and Froedtert Hospital for their exceptional care. We would also like to thank Dr. Jennifer Connolly and her staff for their superior medical care as well as the wonderful caregivers at The Key, especially Kaneesha, Christal, Deb and Joy, who all helped bring him peace at the end. 

Guest Book

Leave your memories, condolences, or well-wishes.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:


The Medical College of Wisconsin, Brain Tumor Research Program/MCW Neurology


or mail to:

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Brain Tumor Research

Program/MCW Neurology

c/o Dr. Jennifer Connelly

8701 Watertown Plank Road,

Milwaukee, WI 53226


Plant a Tree Foundation



The Trust for Public Land


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