Paul David Nicholas Chwelos

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logoPAUL DAVID NICHOLAS CHWELOS Admired and cherished brother, teacher, friend, partner died on September 4, 2007. His family and friends are deeply saddened by his untimely death and wish to remember and celebrate the love, kindness, wit, and the fun that he brought to all of us. Paul was born November 9, 1970, the youngest child of six in Calgary, Alberta. The family moved to Duncan, BC where he did all of his schooling. As a youth, he was engaged in soccer, fishing, friends, and cutting edge computer technology. He attended the University of Victoria where he graduated with a B.Sc. followed by his Ph.D. from UBC in Management Information Systems in 1999. He was a faculty member at University of California in Irvine, before returning to UBC as Assistant Professor in the Management Information Systems Division in the Sauder School of Business where he was an award-winning, much loved teacher, and respected colleague. Paul delighted us all with a very special blend of kind caring, edged with adventure-seeking love of good fun. He preserved a child-like sense of play while attending responsibly to work, friends, and family. He gave his mother very special and patient love and attention in her last years on their many trips to foreign countries, operas, dinners, indulging her with activities of which she had previously only dreamed. He was the special, thrilling uncle to his nieces and nephews who uniformly valued their time with him enjoying bicycle trips, hikes, travels, games, snow boarding, cats, and his latest gadgets. Paul was a treasured partner and found great meaning in his relationships. Paul's family wishes to thank the friends, colleagues, mentors, and students whose heartfelt outpouring of grief and sadness at his loss is a poignant reminder of how he lived his whole life: fully and intentionally. He seems to be without adversaries, knowing only to work on his own betterment and to improve relationships by improving himself. His full-hearted and unassuming approach to people is the reason he connected so deeply with others. Paul is preceded in death by his father, Nicholas Chwelos and his mother, Mary Ann Sanders. His siblings, Rebecca, Joan, Gerry, Cathy and Greg and his partner Meghan MacLeod are truly grateful for the gift of time that they have had to enjoy and appreciate Paul's vibrant, spirited, and caring nature. He is also survived by his adoring nieces Sarah, Emma, Aldyn, and Laurel and nephews, Noah and Oliver. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the UBC Scholarship Fund in the name of Paul Chwelos, if you feel so moved. Contact Darren.dahl@ sauder.ubc.ca for information. Services at St. Peter's Church in Duncan on 09/08 and at UBC on 09/19 at 6:00 P.M. at the First Nation's Long House.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 10, 2007
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