Paul was born April 27, 1943 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He passed away in Seattle, at peace and undaunted, on April 22, 2015 after waging a 30 month battle against pancreatic cancer with the indefatigable support of his wife Rae and Dr. Raffath Sayeed, Dr. Ben Chue and Dr. Stephen Strum, as well as Orn Adalsteinsson, PhD and the outstanding team at Lifespring Cancer Treatment Center.
Paul was raised on a farm just north of McTaggart, surrounded by cousins and friends. He attended Actonvale School and Yellow Grass High School before receiving his Bachelor of Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1966. In his first career as an agrologist, Paul worked in Regina, Calgary and Winnipeg for Federal Grain and Cargill, before taking a position as Seed Receiving Manager at what is now ADM's Lloydminster canola plant in 1975.
Moving to Lloydminster was a turning point in Paul's life. It led to his second career as General Manager of the Best Western Wayside Inn, where he worked for 21 years. An avid tennis player, he was a founding member of the Lloydminster Tennis Club. He was also involved in Participaction hockey. He was a member of Kinsmen and K-40s. He was a pilot, a sailor, a farmer, an entrepreneur, and a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan.
With his father, he curated a collection of antique tractors, model replicas of which were displayed at the Wayside for a number of years. After he retired from the hotel, he enjoyed travelling, spending winters in Hawaii playing tennis, and visiting with friends. As grandchildren arrived, he embraced his new role, playing cops and robbers, teaching them how to throw a football, and making all day breakfasts at the lake.
Paul was predeceased by his infant brother Gordon, mother Evelyn and father Don. He is survived by his wife Rae, daughter Tracy (Dennis) and their children Bryan, Emily and Avery; daughter Lexy (Ron) and their daughters Claire and Tori; and son Lindsey (Jennifer) and their sons Colby, Jackson and Hayden. He is also survived by his Uncle Murray, brother Ed (Elaine), nieces and nephews, parents in law Dave and Dorothy Dean, as well as cousins from Halifax to Victoria.
Paul loved a good party and being among friends. A celebration of Paul's life will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm., Monday, May 11 at the Wayside, now the Days Hotel & Suites Lloydminster. All of his friends and colleagues are encouraged to join with our family to celebrate the many gifts he shared.
As a result of donating his eyes, as many as ten people will see the world as Paul did. He would encourage everyone to take a moment to sign their organ donor card. Some of Paul's favorite causes were Smile Train, the Lloydminster Tennis Club, and the Lloydminster SPCA. Donations in Paul's memory to any of these organizations would be appreciated.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on May 2, 2015
My nephew Paul was the son of my second oldest brother Don & his wife Evelyn.
When Paul was born to his parent’s farm, 5 miles north of McTaggart, Sask, I was in Grade 11. A few years later Paul followed my old steps leading to Actonvale School, by which time I was working in Sarnia Ont. in my 1st permanent job away from the farm.
Actonvale School – the country school frequented also by my brother Elmer, by my nephews Ed, Ross, Bruce, maybe others. The Grades 1-to-8 school, all in one room, of the interesting & surprisingly effective species now long extinct.
Through numerous occasions over the years that I spent some interesting time with Paul, here & there. But I never dared to play tennis with him. To the last time that I visited with Paul and Rae after they had shuffled out to Seattle after connecting with the genial Dr. Chue.
To a long, animated telephone call which Paul and I had on April 10. During that phone conversation Paul took the initiative to pass on for my potential use the details of a strategy which he had used & had found exceptionally effective with the company he and a couple of Lloydminster colleagues had formed a few years ago. A company formed for what turned out to be the very successful commercializing of an entirely novel oil well pumping technology they had invented & patented. That’s what the “entrepreneur” reference in his obituary refers to and understates.
My perception is that Paul as a young boy was strongly influenced by the close partnership between his father & his uncle Albert, and to the warm close relation between his parents. Throw in an ‘assist’ to Actonvale School.
That April 10 phone call was followed up with an email from Paul, one which I was surprised to receive, an email sent to share further information related to that strategy for their company which he had described to me.
A phone conversation with him which turned out to be just 12 days before
Paul died. A conversation with Paul which I will never forget.