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Paul Sylvester CORMIER
Père : Frank Cormier
Mère : Kathleen
Décès le : 2008-12-04
Parution : 2008-12-07
Conjoint(e) : Ann Dalton
Paru dans : The Chronicle-Journal, Thunder Bay, ON

Cormier 2008-12-07 Paul Sylvester Cormier passed away Thursday, December 4 after living with cancer with grace, strength and good humour. He was so engaged and active with with us all throughout his illness-- his last days spent at home with his usual newspaper and remote, or in the kitchen-- that his passing seemed sudden. Paul was born Nov 9, 1931 in St. John, New Brunswick. He lost his father at the age of 4, and while he told wonderful stories of his childhood, it was not an easy one. Hard work in the classroom and as an electrician’s apprentice put Paul through St. Francis Xavier U. (Class of ’53) which he followed by qualifying as a P.Eng (Electrical) at Nova Scotia Tech. He signed on quickly with Ontario Hydro in 1956 with a keen eye on the major hydro projects and unspoiled open spaces of Northwestern Ontario. Paul worked chiefly as an operating superintendent with Ontario Hydro in Thunder Bay and Kenora until his retirement in 1989. He married Ann Dalton in 1960 in Newcastle, NB, a blessed union which encompassed all that life had to offer, and lasted almost 48 years. Ann and Paul liked to say their greatest achievement could be seen in their children. Our family happiness grew with the many grandchildren who all loved their "Pa-Paul." Paul is survived by wife Ann; daughter Dr. Clare (Gordon) Kozroski, Gina, Leah and Alex of Gull Lake, SK; son Dalton of Thunder Bay; son Frank (Laurel Martin) of Winnipeg;daughter Elizabeth (Anthony Krieger) Ethan and Sarah of London; son Patrick (Liane) and Kate and Nathan of London; daughter Mary-Jean (Andrew Nixon) and wee Paul of Thunder Bay. Also survived by brother Randall Cormier of Antigonish, NS and sister Eileen (MacGillivray) of Calgary.Pre-deceased by baby Natalie Cormier in 1963, parents Frank and Kathleen Cormier, and Aunt and Uncle Eugenie and Eugene Donahue, who raised Paul after his father’s death. A man of culture, good fellowship, profound and gentle faith, and plain common sense and know-how, Paul will be missed by the many friends he made over the years. He was a member of Corpus Christi parish and a much-valued tenor in the choir. He had as much fun golfing and curling as he did at TBSO concerts or Border Cats games. Many happy days were spent at camp at Dog Lake. To canoe to a secret spot and return with buckets of blueberrries was a summer tradition. His retirement years were busy ones, especially in his volunteering for the St.Vincent de Paul Society food bank, work he continued until just weeks before his passing. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 when family and friends will gather in Corpus Christi R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Richard Kowalchuk. Interment to follow in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Visitation for friends will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel where the Vigil Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com

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