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restaurant was Le Crocodile, where he almost inevitably ordered the same
thing. Indeed, the staff knew him by name. As an avid gardener, Paul liked
to help things grow, including his community and his clients.
In his spare time, Paul enjoyed camping, fly fishing with his colleagues
and friends, and golfing, as he liked to walk the courses and always enjoyed
being outdoors. His love of the outdoors led to camping and hiking, most
often with his children, Courtney and Keith. Recently, he caught the fly
fishing “bug”, which resulted in large expenditures at various fishing shops
in the Lower Mainland area and many trips to Pennask Lake to battle the
wily rainbow trout. Those trips provided Paul with a perfect opportunity to
demonstrate his outdoor culinary skills. Subsequently, his fishing hobby
included many trips in pursuit of salmon along the Squamish River and,
later, forays into the saltwater.
Despite his busy professional and family life, Paul found time for public
service. Paul was a tireless community volunteer who gave his knowledge
and countless hours of his time, for which he was recognized in the community.
In addition to Paul’s professional career as a lawyer, he served as the
president of the board of the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
(“BACI”), which provides innovative services to over 1,000 children, youth
and adults with developmental disabilities and their families throughout
Paul was a director on BACI’s board for 18 years and was president for six
years. He was a strong, steadying force during this period when the BACI
grew quickly in scope and size. Paul was a thoughtful, genuine person who
cared deeply about the values of the organization and the quality of life of
the people and families it served. He left an indelible mark on BACI, and
his leadership, dedication and compassion will be truly missed.
Paul made a tremendous impact on his local community and would like
to be remembered as a generous father, brother and friend. Although he was
an exceptional lawyer, Paul’s true calling was that of husband and father. He
worked hard throughout his career, but never at the expense of his family.
He genuinely loved people and wanted to talk to them. He made each person
he met feel important. He had a strong, dry sense of humour and a
warm and friendly personality with a smile that made people feel at ease
Even though Paul had an impressive list of professional achievements, he
would have preferred to be remembered as a devoted father. Paul was
deeply admired and loved by both his children, Courtney and Keith, and
will be forever missed.
All of us at the firm had the privilege of practising law and working
closely with Paul. He was an exceptional lawyer, a modest man and a good