September 6th, 1960-March 22nd, 2023
On a beautiful spring day, exploring the outdoors, Paul suddenly passed away at the age of 62. For thirty-nine years, Paul was the beloved husband and best friend of Michele. He will be held lovingly in the hearts of his greatest joy, his children, Ben (Lisa Budau) and Adam (Jenna Gaetan). He was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Ontario, Canada with his family at the age of 17. Paul continued to have a deep connection to his heritage by watching the Celtic FC with a cold Guinness in hand, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and watching British television.
Paul strove to be the best dad, role model, partner, and friend to all of those around him. He loved meeting up with old friends and making new ones along the way through new adventures. It was the simple pleasures that defined Paul’s life: family, friends, traditions, fish and chips, the outdoors and so much more.
Being part of the Nerd Herd (International Plastic Models Society) was a true passion that was motivated by his deep interest of history and true friendships. He was the organizer, tour guide, and historian when travelling the world with his best friend, Michele. After two years of COVID and no travel, Paul and Michele set out on their next adventure by packing up in Oakville and moving to Kelowna to be reunited with their son, Ben. They created new traditions of sharing coffee at their favourite local coffee shop every Saturday, going to the beach, and hiking mountains.
Paul had a deep passion for serving those around him. He began his career as a paramedic, and then joined Mississauga Fire for 30 years, retiring his career as District Chief. He had an opportunity to combine his life passions with his career as he joined the Mississauga Inferno soccer team travelling the world with his brotherhood, his fellow firefighters.
Paul’s legacy will carry on through the hearts of all whom he touched. We know he is in the clouds above us having a fruit and nut chocolate bar and drinking a nice glass of wine.
We would like to thank Kelowna First Responders for their compassionate care and response.
There will be no visitation or memorial service, as the family would prefer to honour Paul in a Celebration of Life with friends and family. It will be held on Sunday, April 23rd from 1-4pm at the Oakville Pump & Patio in Oakville, Ontario. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to The War Amps, Kettle Valley Trail Preservation Alliance, and Camp Bucko (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) would be appreciated by the family
- Nov 10, 2023
I was saddened to hear about Paul's passing on Nov,10 of this year. I was wondering why I hadn't seen Paul at the gym. Always a pleasure to talk with. My deepest condolences. I did a couple extra reps at the gym in his honor. Richard Atamanchuk. - Richard Atamanchuk, Welke Road
- Apr 23, 2023
So sad to hear of my fellow brother who joined the Department in 1988 with me. Still hard to believe he has passed. A true friend loved by all. Rest in glorious peace. - Ronald Baron
- Mar 30, 2023
So sorry to hear of Paul’s loss.
Sandy McRorie. - Sandy McRorie.
- Mar 27, 2023
Michele, so very sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I pray that you and your family will be left with your loving memories of Paul. - Leanne and Bruce Davidson
- Mar 27, 2023
This is a beautiful tribute to Paul, who was such a lovely person. Sending Michele, Ben and Adam so much love. I know how much Paul will be missed by his lifelong friends. Grateful to have known him. My sincerest condolences and love. - Ashley Crump-Bachrynowski
- Mar 26, 2023
So sorry to hear this news. Our sincerest condolences to the family. John,Nancy and Tayor Brooks, Oakville. - Nancy Brooks
- Mar 25, 2023
Farewell Ol' Chum. I am so disappointed that our journey has come to an end. It ended way too soon. It was a pleasure to have known you. Rest in peace Brother-in-law. - Steve Newkirk