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Born: Jul 30, 1962

Date of Passing: Jul 17, 2022

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July 30, 1962 – July 17, 2022

With great sadness we announce the passing of Paul Tackaberry from complications of ALS. Paul leaves his wife, Sarah Giddens, and their daughter, Leah Yuanyuan Tackaberry Giddens.
Predeceased by his parents, Nina Butler and Edwin Tackaberry, Paul will be much missed by his sisters, Laurie Lipinski, Nancy Tackaberry and Lisa Carriere (Jeff). He is fondly remembered by many nephews and nieces.
Paul grew up in Winnipeg and studied music at Brandon University. He earned his LLB from the University of Manitoba in 1985. He was called to the Manitoba Bar then obtained his LLM in 1987 on a scholarship to Columbia University.
Paul practiced law in Toronto with several major firms in the area of intellectual property, most recently as counsel at Ridout and Maybee. He taught IP law at universities in Toronto, Montreal and Hong Kong, and served on the editorial board of the Trade Mark Reporter and the International Trademark Association.
Paul was an accomplished musician, playing alto sax, clarinet and piano. On YouTube he produced multiple "Saxman Tack" videos during the lockdown to entertain friends and family. He was an avid cyclist, gifted meditator and lover of the outdoors. Paul was known for his humility, kindness, and irreverence. He had a naughty sense of humour and loved making others laugh.
Paul faced the devastating impacts of ALS with calm and courage, supported by tireless, loving care from Sarah and Leah, with assistance from a wider circle including Sarah's siblings Elizabeth, Ben and David, and nephew Ted Rawson.
Paul's greatest joy was being with Sarah and Leah camping, travelling with the Connell Hills, making music, cycling and playing games at home. He was loved, and will be missed by many.
A memorial event will be held at a later date. To honour Paul's memory, donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada would be appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Our paths crossed 30 years ago at Lang Michener in Toronto. I was an articling student and Paul was a young lawyer. He sure stood out from the corporate crowd! A fun, talented and unique individual. I left Toronto and the law but kept track of Paul's career through mutual friends. Always hoped to see him again. My thoughts are with his wife and daughter and whole family. - Posted by: Christopher Albi (friend) on: Aug 03, 2022

  • Sending love and thoughts to friends and family!! Only knew Paul a short time but he left a wonderful lasting memory of a very smart funny talented guy with a bright future! And he definitely accomplished a beautiful life!! - Posted by: Kathi Diewert (High school friend) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • My heartfelt sympathy to Paul’s family. I remember student teaching Paul when he was in grade 12. You could tell that he was going to be a great musician. I spent 2 years at Brandon University with Paul and then 2 years in the sax section with him in The Ron Paley University of Manitoba Jazz Band. Paul was always a pleasure to work with. Our paths had not crossed in recent years but I will miss him. Julie Husband. - Posted by: Julie Husband (Friend ) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • My condolences to the Tack family for the loss of Paul. I know my friend Nina would have been heart-broken by his loss. Best wishes to all. - Posted by: Ms Wilma A. Wood (family friend) on: Jul 30, 2022

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