Paul Anthony Zaleski

Paul Anthony Zaleski

October 05, 1960 - February 10, 2018
Irvine CA

Paul Anthony Zaleski

October 05, 1960 - February 10, 2018
Irvine CA


Paul Anthony Zaleski, 57, passed away peacefully at home in Irvine after a heroic 10-month battle with cancer.

The acclaimed architectural designer was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather. His work and his love of architectural design, color and structure can be seen in a range of projects from housing to retail mixed-use and from schools to libraries.  Zaleski’s work can be found throughout the world, stretching from California to Florida and from Mexico to China to Dubai.  Paul Zaleski proudly represented SVA Architects as a Senior Associate Partner.  He led the design team which recently won the PCBC Grand Award for Potter’s Lane, a container housing community for homeless veterans in Midway City, CA.  Over his career he also worked for MVE & Partners, Bassenian Lagoni Architects, Robert Hidey Architects, and in the early years, the Mission Viejo Company.

Zaleski was active in both the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, lending his talents as needed and fundraising for Catholic education. Upon moving to Irvine, he became a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, but was active on the liturgy and design committees at Holy Family Cathedral and La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange and was a co-teacher for confirmation with his wife at San Antonio Catholic Church in Anaheim Hills.

Zaleski loved to golf, a game he learned from playing with his dad and uncles as a teenager. He was a graduate of Tustin High School and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

He also was an avid painter, a life-long passion that helped him deal with the devastation of his colon cancer. Several of his abstract and wildflower paintings were reprinted on scarves and given to other cancer patients to wear as they took on the daily battle. His work can be enjoyed at

Zaleski was happiest spending time with his family, especially his devoted and beloved wife Annette.  He was notorious at family dinners for eating lobster, crab or sushi, and grilling steaks on weekend get-togethers.  His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

He is survived by his wife Annette Zaleski, son Kyle and wife Julianna, son Ryan, daughter Elyse, brother Mark Zaleski and wife Maria De Varenne, and his two grandchildren Noelle and Cooper.

The Rosary – Celebration of Life will be on Friday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School Theater in Tustin with reception to follow.  The Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. with burial immediately following at Holy Sepulcher in Orange.

In lieu of flowers, or in celebration of Paul’s life, donations can be made to City of Hope  – 1500 E. Duarte Rd. Durarte, CA 91010 Attention: Kimberly Wah.  Please note “in memory of Paul Zaleski” in the memo field.


Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: February 23, 2018 (6:30 PM)
  • Venue: St. Jeanne De Lestonnac School Theatre
  • Location: 16791 E. Main Street Tustin, CA 92780 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (714) 542-4271


  • Date & Time: February 23, 2018 (7:30 PM)
  • Venue: St. Jeanne De Lestonnac School Theatre
  • Location: 16791 E. Main Street Tustin, CA 92780 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (714) 542-4271

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: February 24, 2018 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • Location: 5101 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604 - (Get Directions)

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: February 24, 2018 (11:30 AM)
  • Venue: Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery
  • Location: 7845 Santiago Canyon Orange, CA 92869 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (714) 532-6551

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5 responses to Paul Anthony Zaleski

  1. Very sad news, Paul was the first guy in the business I ran into from Turner’s classes two years after.I graduated. Later we both worked at MVP (MVE), he in design me in production. He was a talented professional, great golfer and down to earth guy. Cancer really does suck! My condolences to Paul’s family.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts and condolences. Paul fondly remembered Mr. Turner and credited Mr. T. for setting him on the right path in a great career. I appreciate you sharing.

      Annette Zaleski

  2. May Paul Rest In Peace! May he enjoy the heaven he has earned! May his family be comforted that some day they will all be together again.

  3. God rest Paul’s soul in the comfort of the heaven he has earned!

  4. Debra says:

    Just going through my things, organizing and I found an abstract photo that he gave me. Sad that he didn’t make it through this battle. RIP.

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