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Born: Nov 12, 1970

Date of Passing: Jun 30, 2015

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PAUL PIERRE JULES JOSEPH LAFRANCE (LEMIRE) November 12, 1970 - June 30, 2015 Paul was born in New Westminster, BC on November 12, 1970 to Carmen and Jules Lemire. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear Paul on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the age of 44. Unfortunately, after a courageous and long battle, the pain became unbearable and Paul chose to escape the powerful darkness that had a hold of him. Paul will always be remembered for his strength, his love of family and friends, the twinkle in his eyes, his infectious laugh and for his tender loving soul. Left to forever cherish Paul's memory, are his loving wife Cindy Ceaser, her parents, Bob and Faith, brother Sean (Beverly), sister Shari (Gerry), his dear mother Carmen Lemire, brothers Marcel (Sue), John (Shannon) and Richard (Marnie), sisters-in-law Lisa and Carol, nephews and nieces Joshua, Brittany, Tyler, Shane and Jessie, Darius, Kydyn, Stephane, Luc and Raelle and his angels on earth, P-nut and Rufus. Paul was predeceased by his father Jules Lemire (1972). Paul cared deeply about his family and his friends and if you were fortunate to have known Paul, you at some point were touched by his warm and caring nature. It was genuine and sincere and came from a place of appreciation for sharing your life and love with him. Paul, aka "Peanut" had a passion for many things: he was a devoted Winnipeg Jets and Bomber fan, a non-competitive sports enthusiast that loved hockey, baseball, windsurfing and a true nature lover, who was most comfortable and relaxed out at Grand Beach/Grand Marais, where he could just "chill". Paul loved to travel and visited Europe, Hawaii, Thailand, Mexico and the Caribbean. Whether Paul was making his world famous chicken wings or his "Pablo's Firehouse Beef Jerky", cleaning your siding as "Pablo's Pressure Wash" service, or sharing one of many "boys only" fishing trips with his brothers and buddies, you knew you were dealing with a quality guy whose only care was making everyone happy. As a young man, Paul was drawn to Grand Beach where he worked with the beach patrol as a lifeguard. This was Paul's true nature, protecting and watching over others. That passion for others drove him to join the Winnipeg Fire Department. Paul was extremely proud to be part of this "brotherhood" of brave and dedicated life savers. Paul joined the Winnipeg Fire Department on November 25, 1995. The Fire Department provided Paul the means to not only help his fellow man in need but also created the atmosphere in which he was able to meet the love of his life, his soul mate, Cindy. Paul cherished the many friendships he developed in the fire halls, but his want and need to help others continued away from the stations as well. Paul proudly served as camp counsellor for child burn survivors at the annual burn camps for many years. Paul, you are a beautiful soul and although we miss you dearly, we understand. You will be forever remembered and always present in our hearts and our memories. Rest in Peace! We invite family and friends to join us and celebrate Paul's life. Service will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at CFB Winnipeg, 17 Wing, Bldg 21. Please enter from Sharp Blvd/Air Force Way and have photo ID available. In lieu of flowers, the family's wishes are that donations be made in Paul's name to one or both of the following charities: Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba - Youth Program at, or The Firefighter's Burn Fund at Services provided by Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home 4000 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3K 1W3 For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2015

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • Cindy, I met you at the Sand Castle Competition. I was the busker who came up to your group and asked, "What's the story behind Viva La Paul?" As I am one on the outside looking in, I can't understand what is going on in you. I am acquainted with the grief of loss, but not the loss of a spouse. And though I could see that you were surrounded by many friends on that sunny Saturday, I imagine that there are many times when no amount of friends or family are a comfort. But I know The Truest of Friends and The Greatest Comforter and he reveals himself in the Bible. He calls himself The Defender of Widows. You probably don't need defending right now, but maybe you need hope. He is The World's Greatest Hope. He is Trust Worthy. I know this to be true. I cannot share this hope with Paul, but I can share this hope with you. He is Jesus. My daughter and I busked for part of the afternoon and, as promised, want to send you 25% of the money given to us (which, truth be told, is $14). I get the impression that money isn't your greatest need and that you would rather send it somewhere else and Paul's obituary included many ideas of where to send financial gifts. I can donate to one of those that you listed or I can give to a ministry called Widows Banquets that serves many widows in Manitoba, especially widows that are senior citizens. If you wanted to check out their website, it's at If you don't reply, I will send the cash to the Firefighters Burn Fund. And don't feel you have to reply. Take care of whatever you can take care of know that, at least for a while, you are on my mind and in my prayers. - Posted by: Christopher Robertson (Grand Beach Busker who met Cindy at the Sand Castle Contest) on: Aug 09, 2015

  • My deepest condolences to you Cindy, I am so sorry to hear that Paul has passed away. It takes a special person to be a firefighter and both of you shared that special bond, be strong and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Shane Ferguson (Retired Winnipeg Firefighter) on: Jul 16, 2015

  • I am so sorry for your loss Carmen, my deepest condolences to you & your family & Paul's wife & family. My prayers & thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Diana Gudmundson (Friend of Paul's mother Carmen) on: Jul 10, 2015

  • My deepest condolences to Cindy and Paul's family. I was nice to have known you Paul. Rest in peace,you are out of your terrible pain.Shirleyy Belcher. - Posted by: Shirley belcher (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2015

  • My brother, my friend. Our class was young and fierce, but most notably full of heart and humour. And one great voice in that cameraderie was Paul. You will be dearly missed my friend. (Brandy Maslowski, classmate - Retired Firefighter #1592) - Posted by: Brandy Maslowski (Friend and classmate) on: Jul 08, 2015

  • I loved the way he adored my children, Brittany and Joshua, I loved his smile and the way it made his eyes twinkle and I could never get enough of his infectious laugh! I wish you weren't gone Paul, but I'm learning to understand. I will never forget you because I have some beautiful memories to keep close to my heart forever. Rest in Peace Paul......... - Posted by: Carol Kilmury-Lemire (Sister-in-law) on: Jul 07, 2015

  • My deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends. - Posted by: Michelle Everett (family friend) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • I was so sad to learn of Paul's death. As "Jim's sister" - Paul was always around and always welcome at our house. Aside from being devastatingly good looking, he was, as is said in his obituary, a super nice guy - charming, personable and wise beyond his years. Definitely one of my favourites as it related to Jim's friends. I hope that Paul's family can find peace and comfort in the fact that Paul's choice will bring more awareness to the critical issue of mental health care. While the attached stigma's are diminishing in recent years - there is more to do. My deepest sympathies to Paul's family. - Posted by: Robin Parsons (Older sister of friend, Jim Parsons) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • We are so sorry to hear about Paul. Our prayers & thoughts go out to all of the family. May sadness turn into great memories. - Posted by: Carillee,Beatrice,Megan (Friends of family) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • Paul affected our family's lives in many ways. His kindness and generosity knew no limits. For our family he made Grand Beach truly Grand. He welcomed us into his family and his passion for life could not help but inspire. He made people around him feel special and important. My children and I had the pleasure of catching up with Paul and Cindy on a trip in Thailand where they went out of their way to spend time with us. Paul bought my young son and daughter every item of food you could imagine and joined them in devouring it with glee. His love for the people he met was infectious. If you knew Paul you loved him and that is a special person. He touched my family's lives in only positive ways as a result of having the greatest pleasure of knowing him forever. We will never forget his greatness. He is my friend. Cindy we love you and know your incredible spirit and only you could be the one to share in such a great person's far too short life. Paul and Cindy thank you so much for letting us feel your positive outlook. We are so terribly sad for this great loss. Our hearts ache. - Posted by: Patrick Julie Anna and John (Friends of Paul and Cindy) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • We only met Paul last year when we purchased his cottage in Grand Marais. We were very surprised to run into him one Sunday long after the cottage had legally changed hands. He was busy fixing something on the outside of the cottage that he did not think was looking right. He certainly did not have to repair it but it bothered him because it wasn't right. As we have come to understand, that was Paul. - Posted by: Jack and Lesley Schneider () on: Jul 05, 2015

  • RIP brother, take care of yourself Cindy ! - Posted by: Bruce Hallmuth (# 835 wife's Captain) on: Jul 05, 2015

  • I am so sorry, Cindy. I remember you both and you were both good people. We ran into each other from time to time and Paul was always cool. Life really sucks sometimes and this is one of those times. I will keep a good thought for you both. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Co-worker) on: Jul 05, 2015

  • We were all truly blessed to have had this time with Paul. Cindy, I share the sadness of this time. - Posted by: Mike Robson (Firefighter) on: Jul 05, 2015

  • Trying to share the magnitude of Paul's impact on my life in a short story is impossible. For those of us fortunate enough to spend any time at all with Paul knows that he spent far more time caring for others than worrying about himself. He was a man on several missions but always took time for family and thrived on those he cared about. It has been far too long since we shared a conversation and longer since a cold beer and a hug, but I have been enjoying our memories for years. The Paul I will remember forever is the one who welcomed me to the city, his family and his life. He was the one responsible for smiles and laughter and made this impact everyday. I miss you brother and now know how precious the time we shared with you was. You made all of us closer and made me understand what it was to be part of a much bigger family. - Posted by: Dan Yonkman (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2015

  • Like everyone I was shocked to hear of Paul's passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Cindy and all his family. I worked with Paul at 4 station, he was quite a character he was always playing or planning a prank on someone. Paul, I didn't know the darkness you were in but the good news is you're in the light now. My favorite verse from the Bible is "To be absent from the body is to be with the Lord" Paul's in good hands now. Take care Paul. God Bless. - Posted by: Ken Barnett (Brother Firefighter) on: Jul 05, 2015

  • I loved the way he adored my children, Brittany and Joshua, I loved his smile and the way his eyes would twinkle when he did and I could never get enough of his infectious laugh! I wish you weren't gone Paul, but I'm learning to understand. I will never forget you because I have some wonderful memories to keep close to me forever. Rest in Peace...... - Posted by: Carol Kilmury-Lemire (Sister-in-law) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to Paul's wife, family, and friends. Although I didn't know Paul well, I am certain that he was a great man. Rest In Peace Paul. We have another Angel on our shoulders. - Posted by: Patrick McInnis (Paramedic with Winnipeg EMS) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • I absolutely adored Paul. He was a source of humor and friendship to everyone. The sparkle in his eyes, the skip in his step, and the smile that lit up a room will always stay with me. His time here with us will always be remembered. We love you, Paul...we always have; we always will. - Posted by: Lisa Hamerton (Long time friend ) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • As I think back of the memories, it brings tears to my eyes to know that Paul is no longer with us!! I know he was greatly loved! I only knew Paul before he got into the fire department, I loved his smile and his eyes smiled with him! He loved his brothers and his mom very much, that was clear! I remember family gatherings at Carmen's, and chicken wings with Franks Hot Sauce was a must, the boys always jabbing at one another and then the giggles would start. I am soooo sorry for the loss that you will all be feeling now, I don't know if there are truly words that help at this time! I'm sending you all a big heartfelt hug and lots of love!!! sincerely Heather - Posted by: heather grasby (always a fond friend) on: Jul 04, 2015

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