Passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on November 8, 2004 in White Rock, British Columbia, at the age of 87 years.
Joe was predeceased by his daughter Patricia Riis in 1995.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Audrey, children Joe (Wendy), Dave (Brenda), Gill (Bernie) Ernewein and Susan (Julian) Manzur; son-in-law Dave Riis, grandchildren Leslie (Marius) Segal, Danny (Melissa) Riis, Matthew (Jennifer) Riis, Ainsley Paul, Gavin (Jeanette) Paul, Mavis Ernewein, Amanda Ernewein, Stephanie Ernewein, Trevor Paul and Allison Paul; great-grandchildren Benjamin Riis, Chloe Riis, Bethany Riis and Isabella Riis, brothers Bob (Ina) Paul and Richard (Mabel, deceased) Paul; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and close friends.
During his distinguished naval career, Captain Joseph Paul served in WWII, in the battle of the Atlantic on Convoy service and in the Korean War aboard the HMCS Haida. Post war, Joe served as the CO of the HMCS Bonaventure. He was the Exec Officer of the CFB Shearwater and the Commanding Officer of both CFB Cornwallis and CFB Stadacona. Joe retired in 1971 from the Royal Canadian Navy after 38 years of Military Service.
He and Audrey relocated to Kelowna where Joe became a longtime member of the Kelowna Golf and Country club.
An avid skier, Joe enjoyed cruising the slopes of Big White with his family and friends, the “Golden Eagles”.
Joe was the Interior Zone Representative of the Canadian Arthritis Society for seven years, crisscrossing the interior of BC, meeting and recruiting citizens to help fundraise.
Joe especially enjoyed being with his family who were enriched by his laughter, quick wit and love of life.
The family is grateful to the staff of Peace Arch Hospital and especially to Dr. Beneitz for his compasssion and kindness.
A memorial servie was held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 4:30pm at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmo Street, White Rock.
In memory of Joe, contributions to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.