Long Island, N.Y.—For those who knew Steven F. Paul, December 19, 2002 was a tragic day. Steve touched so many people with his sense of humor, positive attitude, warmth, honesty, and his genuine concern for those around him.
Steve was a devoted father to John, Jennifer, Justin and Jaime-Lin, a loving husband to Linda, a friend to so many, an icon in the ground transportation industry, a leader in the Long Island business community, and a decorated Vietnam veteran who served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps.
We all suffered a terrible loss the night he went to bed and died peacefully in his sleep. Steve Paul, the founder and president of the highly successful, Long Island based Tran-Star Executive Transportation Service, started in the ground transportation industry in 1966 as a dispatcher for a taxicab company, transitioning shortly thereafter into the livery industry. He worked at every level of operations and management, learning the business inside and out, and redefining professionalism along the way. He was a pioneer of safety programs, conducting extensive driver training courses well before it became the industry norm. He helped shape responsible legislation for his local municipality and served as a founding member of the Babylon Taxicab & Limousine Commission. He was a consultant who delivered valuable, no-nonsense seminars at trade shows and association meetings throughout the country. He was an active member of the National Limousine Association and served on the Limousine Steering Committee for the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association. He founded an international network of elite operators called TEINETCO.
Steven F. Paul was a success on many levels. More than that, we was someone you could count on to offer a helping hand when you needed it. his unexpected and tragic passing has shaken out resolve, caused us to examine our own lives and left us asking, “Why?” But, as Steve would have demanded of each of us, we must “Stay strong and persevere.”
Steve, you are missed…but your memory lives on.