June 29th, 1925 – September 27th, 2015
Paul went peacefully in to the arms of his Lord and Saviour after having his body ravaged with Alzheimer’s related dementia for 18 years. Praise God he now has a new body. Raised in Sunningdale, Surrey, excelling in sports at school, he met the love of his life Pauline (Brocks) at the age of 13. He and Pauline had just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary and 77 years of having their lives entwined.
At the age of 17 he volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm and after initial training did his flight training in Yarmouth, NS. Next posted to Lord Louis Mountbatten’s fleet, he consequently spent the next two years in the Japanese war zone, witnessed the Japanese surrender and was active in freeing people from concentration camps and Changi Jail in Singapore. Home again, marriage and in 1947 he and Pauline started a new life in Canada. Paul eventually joined the fledgling Royal Canadian Naval Air Service in which he served for 25 years, in NS, London U.K. and Winnipeg, surviving an aircraft accident and winning the highest suggestion award ever given to a serviceman. Retiring in 1975 he and Pauline set off on a year’s trip around the world, voluntarily working at mission stations wherever they had connection. In 1986 they decided to make White Rock their home base, from where they worked for eight years with the Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service all over the U.S.A. Then in 1996, with a group of Baptist volunteers went to work in a refugee camp in Croatia after the Bosnian War. Unforgettable! Many cruises were enjoyed as they aged. Left to mourn our great loss, Pauline, their 3 children Penelope (Bert), Sheelagh (George), and Adrian (Jackie); 6 grandsons Paul (Sarah), Liam (Janelle), Joel (Nicole), Brian (Alison), Dorian, and Simon (Chantal); and 14 great-grandchildren. Grateful thanks are extended to the staff at Come Share adult day care and for the last 3 ½ years for the love and care he received at The Residence at Morgan Heights, especially from the staff in Promenade West. Paul’s body has been donated to U.B.C. Faculty of Medicine. A family Celebration of Life will be held at Christmas.