Paul Petersiel, the guy with the big black glasses who was hip before he even knew it, died Sept. 24 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 69. Born July 27, 1944 in Malden, he resided in Swampscott for most of his adult life. Paul was the beloved husband of Louise Petersiel, with whom he shared 44 wonderful years of marriage. He also leaves behind his cherished daughters, Jenna Petersiel of Aquinnah and Erica Petersiel of Swampscott, and many incredible friends. Formerly known as the “Hummus King” (or as he used to say, he invented hummus), Paul created Tribe of Two Sheiks, a branding achievement that brought hummus to the masses.

Always an entrepreneur, 14 years ago Paul and Louise purchased a seaside Swampscott staple and transformed it into Red Rock Bistro, a fine culinary, social and musical destination, one of the first of its kind on the North Shore. His favorite place to relax was Martha’s Vineyard, where he would spend his time bird nerding, digging clams and fishing for striped bass (often unsuccessfully) while enjoying his extraordinary life with Louise. And it was truly extraordinary! Although he was taken way too early, it can be said that he lived his life to the fullest.

Paul will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at Stanesky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin street, on the Salem-Swampscott line. A memorial observance will be held at his late residence on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of those at Mass General Hospital who provided remarkable and heartfelt care for Paul. For online condolences, please visit