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Jim Paul was born in Burin, Newfoundland on June 13, 1950 to parents Julia Brown and Raymond Paul. He had 10 brothers and sisters whom he shared a small but loving home with. He grew up in Burin attending the Salvation Army for church, enjoying his mom's home made bread and cakes and fighting over the doughboys on top of her soup with his brothers and sisters.
He moved to St. John's not long after graduating high school where he worked as a lab technician. After that, he moved to Toronto where he was hired by the Canadian National Railway (which almost didn't happen because he was considered over-qualified!). Thanks to his dear brother Maynard and his wife Pat, Jim was able to secure a job, vehicle and apartment with his friend Eric Mayo.
He began dating his future wife, Lorraine Caissey in 1973 and they were married on August 27th, 1977 at York Temple (York Community Church). They purchased their first and only home in April 1978 and welcomed a healthy baby boy; (Dennis) Scott on July 17, 1978. Both Jim and Lorraine worked hard to pay off their home and create a life for their family. On June 10, 1983, they welcomed a healthy baby girl; Dawn Melissa.
The family began attending the Salvation Army York Temple in the fall of 1986 and within a few years, Jim was heavily involved in all aspects of the church, giving his life to Christ and eventually become enrolled as a senior soldier. He led the men's club, was the secretary and treasurer for over 25 years and dedicated his life to serving others and helping as much as he could at York.
Jim was a family man. He worked hard but also made time for his family. His presence was always felt at home and in the lives of his wife and children. He mentored, loved and sacrificed things he enjoyed (golf, hockey etc) in order to provide opportunities for learning, exploring talents and playing sports. He continued to play a significant role in his grandchildren's life until the very end, helping as a care giver, play with and teach Aria, Luke and Sydney.
To say he has been a blessing is an understatement. He has been a testament of faith and helped bring many to the Lord, he was always good for a belly laugh and he always took the best "scenic" routes on every vacation (even if it tacked on an extra hour). He will be dearly missed by so many and we are all just so grateful to have known him.
Jim is predeceased by parents Julia Brown and Raymond Paul, siblings Carl Lewis, Loretta and Bernina and nephew Chris. He leaves behind his dear wife Lorraine, children Scott (Samantha) and Dawn (Dimos), grandchildren Aria, Luke and Sydney as well as siblings Maynard(Pat), Carl(Ina), Trudy (Earl-deceased), Cal(Bernice), Chet(Donna), Lois(Wayne) and Dave(Debbie) and best friend Joe(Wendy). He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Jim, Dad, Uncle, friend, you will be very missed. You are now home, good and faithful servant.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to any of the following in Jim's name:
The Salvation Army York Community Church
Princess Margaret Hospital
Toronto Western Hospital
Humber River Regional Hospital
Canadian Cancer Society