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Local Favourite – Paul

By Dan Hutton on June 6, 2011 in People

Paul Fitzgerald has lived in Tamarama for 27 Years. His daughter, Mikaela, was born in the house 26 years ago and she still lives there with her brothers, Ben and Josh. Paul is originally from Sirius, the Dog Star. He works in his pharmacy on Bondi Road, where he has enjoyed working for the past 38 years. Paul shares his local favourites with The Beast…

Favourite Beach: Tamarama. A beautiful, magic beach. I enjoy surfing there most mornings, on my kneeboard, before work.

Favourite Eatery: Balusu’s South Indian Food, 259 Bondi Road. I find that it is curry nice food.

Watering Hole: I mostly drink peppermint tea, so for me a watering hole is where I get rid of some of the peppermint tea.

Sporting Team: The main sport that I follow is surfing, which is exciting, fun and great to watch.

Music: Pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, as on 2WS – Elton John, Rod Stewart, Abba, The Beatles, Neil Young, etc.

Person: I admire and appreciate Eckhart Tolle, a new age teacher who wrote ‘A New Earth’. He has wonderful ideas on how we can be accepting and loving of our self, our life and everyone and everything.

Weekend Activity: I like to surf at the local beaches, mostly Tamarama or Mackenzies Bay or Bronte. I also like to go bushwalking in Sydney’s great National Parks and picturesque coastal areas.

Quote: “Love is all there is.”

Favourite Thing About Your Work: I like interacting with and talking with lots of the interesting and openhearted people who live in Bondi and elsewhere. I am happy to encourage and help people to be healthy, fit and enjoy their lives.

Final Word: It is a beautiful world full of beautiful people.


  1. Beautiful words from a beautiful man. RIP

    Posted by: Margaret | January 13, 2013, 1:38 PM |

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  2. a wonderful boss, good friend and mentor, a great guy !

    Posted by: Eva | January 14, 2013, 2:46 AM |

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  3. Such sad news. Paul was our pharmacist for the past thirty years until we moved a year ago. He was always smiling and did his best to help everyone.. Joan, Nev and Steve Rodwell.

    Posted by: Joan Rodwell | January 14, 2013, 11:19 AM |

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  4. I lived in Bondi for over 20 years & Paul was our chemist. He always gave wise counsel to me & my family & was more interested in our health than his profit margin. He had a wonderful “new age” attitude to life & was one of the first pharmacists to embrace alternative medicine. I hadn’t seen Paul for the best part of 10 years & was shocked & saddened to read of his early death. RIP.

    Posted by: Tony Keighery | January 14, 2013, 5:19 PM |

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  5. “Love is All There Is” and “It’s a beautiful world full of beautiful people”. Thank You Paul, for your wisdom, clarity, kindness and love. Often I would drop by the pharmacy and would still be there chatting and connecting with him 2-3 hours later. As I walked into the pharmacy he would light up and yell ‘Kim! It’s you!’ We always lit up when we saw each other …. he was wise, patient, humble, loving, compassionate, funny. He would say “you’re the only one who laughs at my jokes”. I will always miss you Paul.

    Posted by: Kim Page | January 15, 2013, 7:56 AM |

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  6. Love really all there is..the most important commandment and rule on how to live ife..what a happy, smiling soul!

    Thank you for gracing us with your presence and sleep well…you can surf all you like now 🙂

    Rest in love…

    Posted by: Hamowahine | January 15, 2013, 10:54 AM |

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  7. What a great, great man. He has been my pharmacist for the past 12 years. I’m to sad to walk in there at the moment. Your customers loved you, your staff loved you. I will miss you very much. xxx

    Posted by: Helen Drew | January 16, 2013, 6:40 PM |

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  8. Paul was my chemist for many years. He had a personal, patient, helpful, warm touch. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing this lovely, gentle soul. May he rest in peace.


    Posted by: Margarete Nelson | January 18, 2013, 2:44 PM |

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  9. I do remember Paul very well.
    My self and my partner knew him from the pharmacy.
    My partner Carol Ann,of Cherokee descent use to call him “Woof”.
    Carol Ann being Cherokee had a name connected with a animal totem for everyone.
    Where she got the name woof from i am not sure.
    But we liked him allot.
    He was always kind.
    I remember I split a soy milk all over him once.
    He just looked and we both had laughter.
    That was Paul always kind.
    Carol Ann died July 2013 min Ajijic Mexico.
    I guess they all live with God now.

    Posted by: lis Skelsey | November 15, 2016, 3:07 PM |

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  10. Sometimes when I miss Paul I sometimes come to this as it’s the only place I can find a photo of him and really “him” answers.
    I worked for Paul before and after he passed, he remembered everyone that came in and never had a bad bone in his body. He always made me smile and laugh and would enjoy singing to music together as we worked.
    “It’s a beautiful world filled with beautiful people” is something I can hear him saying.

    Posted by: Shannon | September 23, 2020, 11:59 PM |

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