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Born: Dec 26, 1974

Date of Passing: May 10, 2020

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December 26, 1974 - May 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of Paul, on Sunday morning.
As a child, Paul loved building Lego, playing with Hot Wheels, and having epic battles with GI Joe and Star Wars figures. His mom found dead soldiers in the sandbox and flower gardens for years after. He also loved to build forts, play with his cat Mumu, and eat cookies like a cookie monster. As a teenager, Paul was always on the go with many close friends who remained in his life to this day. Favourite pastimes with them included playing D and D in the basement. One of Paul's proudest accomplishments as a child was to receive his black belt for Tae Kwon Do.
As an adult, Paul studied social work and received his BSW degree from the University of Manitoba. He was employed by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, where he was in his element, having found his calling in life to serve and help disadvantaged people in the community. He was known to search for his clients under bridges and remote locations, to bring them their life saving medications and resources.
Paul loved his nephews, Rhian and Evan, very much. He was one of the first visitors when they were born in the hospital, welcoming them into the world and the family, hugging and cuddling them. He took them to movies, bites to eat, and monster truck rallies. He would also cheer them from the sidelines while they played baseball or hockey. Paul introduced the family to the game Catan, and for every family get-together thereafter we played against him trying to win. Paul shared in mentoring and shaping them into the young men they have become today.
Paul met the love of his life, Lorraine Dean, and started a life with her. They bought their first home together, and adopted their fur babies, two cats (Ajax and Titus), and two dogs (Astrid and Bodin). They loved their furry family, taking them on long walks and camping trips. For fun, Paul loved to get together with friends and family for barbeques, solve mysteries in various escape rooms, shoot guns at the range with his cousin, Steven, and religiously attend sporting events for both the Jets and the Bombers. Paul and Lorraine were engaged, and were looking forward to many more adventures, and growing old together.

Paul, we cherish you, and you will be
very missed every day by our family.
We will always feel a hole in our hearts
from your sudden departure from our
lives. You left us too soon, and we wish
that we had more time with you. You
will forever be our little cookie monster.

Paul will lovingly be remembered by his fiancée, Lorraine; his parents, Lynda and Guy; his sisters, Nicolle (Doug) and Melissa; and nephews, Rhian and Evan. He is also survived by Lorraine's parents, Patti and Alan; and her brother, Nathan.
We would like to thank the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the St. Boniface Hospital Emergency staff for their compassionate care toward our family during that difficult time.
We will have a Celebration of Life for Paul when the public health restrictions have been lifted.
We are very thankful for all the kind words and support that we have received from family and friends during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Behavioral Health Foundation, 35 De La Digue Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3V 1M7, an agency that Paul worked with and supported.

The family requests that condolences
and memories can be left by
visiting Paul's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Paul and I were friends all through junior high. Over the years we lost contact and it's been a very long time since I've seen him. I only just recently learned of his passing because I saw his memorial bench at Little Mountain Park. I saw the name and year of birth and hoped it wasn't the Paul I knew as a teenager. sadly, I quickly realized it was and I'm so sad to hear that he has passed. My deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. - Posted by: Michael Wagner (Friend. ) on: Jun 25, 2023

  • My deepest sympathy to all his families and friends. I didn’t know him but know Guy. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Guy, a long lost cousin. I sincere hope our path cross. May God Bless You all - Posted by: Eveline Bridges (Choquette) ( Cousin of Guy Choquette ) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • Paul made this uninteresting world interesting. A little less cruel. He often put his clients, and friends interests first. He will be missed. - Posted by: Tom Zychowski (Friend) on: Jun 08, 2020

  • Hi I was hesitant about leaving a message but I couldn’t help but do so. I knew Paul from the Pact group which is the WRHA. He was and is such an amazing guy. He helped me in my struggle with mental illness. He was such a kind and gentle person. He was so easy going and a pleasure to talk to. He put up with my struggles with my illness. You know he truly cared about people. You could just tell. He will be remembered fondly by me and so many others. He used to laugh at my stupid jokes. He could make anyone smile 😃. My cat Pumpkin will miss him too. Paul would cut his nails because I couldn’t do it by myself. My cat would struggle but Paul managed to get his nails cut. He will be missed. My condolences to all the family. He has left a void no one can fill. - Posted by: Joelle (Client at WRHA) on: Jun 01, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences Guy to you and your family. Ralph and Sharon Malec - Posted by: Sharon Malec (Friend to Guy) on: May 22, 2020

  • We are so sorry Nicolle, Doug, Rhian and Evan about Paul's passing. We know how much you will miss your brother, uncle and friend. Guy and Lynda, our sincere condolences on the loss of your son. Lorraine, so sorry. Rick and Teresa Negrich - Posted by: Teresa and Rick Negrigh (family) on: May 18, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to you Lorraine. I remember when Paul would cook fish in the apartment and it would smell up the whole block. He was a very nice man. - Posted by: Karen Bunyan (Caretaker at 129 Lenore St) on: May 18, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Lorraine and Paul’s extended family. Paul was a very hardworking social work student and his hard work paid off. He was liked and respected by all who knew him there. RIP - Posted by: Maureen Fryza (Inner City Social work Program) on: May 16, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to you with the loss of your son Paul. I remember him as a little guy. Full of energy. Warmest regards Diane Keep - Posted by: Diane keep (Friend from cae aircraft) on: May 16, 2020

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