In Memoriam: Paolo Minissi

It is with great sadness that we must deliver news that our leader, owner and general manager, Paolo Minissi, passed away on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. Paolo opened the doors of Castle Hill Fitness 9 years ago with a vision of building a community devoted to health and fitness. In this moment of great loss, we are reminded of this vision and the legacy of what he built within these walls will continue. He will be remembered for his ingenuity, his tenacity, his mischievous sense of humor, and most of all, his kindness to others.

Paolo Minissi
Paolo Minissi
Leader / Owner / General Manager / Father
1957 – 2011

Paolo was born on February 7, 1957 in Genoa, Italy. He attended college in Brussels, Belgium where he obtained a physics degree in 1978. He moved to Austin shortly thereafter to attend a graduate program at UT, then went on to found several successful businesses, including MetalOptics, The Rowing Dock, and Castle Hill Specialized Fitness. Read Paolo’s short autobiography…

In addition to his business acumen, Paolo was an avid cyclist who enjoyed seeing the world from the seat of his Pinarello. He had an innate ability to make those around him feel special, and to bring out their best. He was a mentor and friend to many, and he will be greatly missed.

Paolo is survived by his daughter, Rita Minissi, of Baltimore; mother, Maria Antonietta Lombardi, sister Rita Minissi and brother-in-law Philippe Mahillon, niece Lidia Mahillon, and nephew Nicolas Mahillon, all of Brussels, Belgium; as well as numerous friends he considered like family. He was preceded in death by his father, Sergio Minissi.


The memorial to celebrate Paolo’s life will be held at the One World Theatre on Friday, December 2nd at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Austin Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78721; http://austinyellowbike.org

There will also be a memorial bike ride to celebrate Paolo leaving from Castle Hill Fitness on Saturday, December 10th at 10am. This will be a short ride climbing Mt. Bonnell.