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LEMA, Paul Francis
August 14, 2004 – September 18, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Paul Francis. Although Paul was so young, he lived a full and rich life, experiencing the joy, peace and love that many strive their whole lives for. Paul spread that love to all he encountered and left an indelible mark on all of our hearts.
He will be deeply missed by his loving parents, Melanie and Brian, sisters Elizabeth and Stephanie, and brother Dominic, grandparents Peter, Garry and Lynda, numerous uncles, aunties, cousins and best friends. Melanie and Brian wish to express their deep gratitude for the years of tender and expert care given to Paul by his many doctors, nurses and staff at the Stollery Children's Hospital, as well as at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. The family also gives special thanks to the many teachers and developmental assistants Paul had over the years and to all who contributed to both his education and to enriching his life at home. Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to all who received Paul's love and gave love in return. He taught us all that the world needs people like him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Friday, September 23 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, 210 Haddow Close, NW. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Marian Centre Edmonton or the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. In remembrance of Paul we invite you to share a 'group hug' with those you love, which was one of Paul's favourite things to do.
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Published in Edmonton Journal on Sep. 22, 2016.
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October 5, 2016
Dear Brian and Melanie, we send our love and prayers to you and your family at this sad time of sorrow and loss.
Barrie and Linda Stewart
September 28, 2016
Dear Melanie, Brian, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Dominic. I wanted you to know how profoundly Paul and your family touched my heart, and influenced my beliefs and attitudes about the power of love. I will always remember the day you came to your first DS clinic with Paul - what a priviledge for our team to work with him, love him, and learn from him. We have thought of him often - missed his bright smile and true determination, and will treasure our time with him. Please accept our condolences, and know the Lema family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna Heerensperger
September 27, 2016
Thinking of you at this time and holding you up in prayer. May the resurrected Christ be your hope and strength. And may precious memories be a consolation. Sending a big hug.
Charlette Opper
September 24, 2016
Melanie and family,

I am shocked and sorrowed to hear of Paul's passing. Wishing you strength and comfort as you grieve for your beautiful boy. Love and hugs to you all.
Gillian Webb
September 23, 2016
Dear Melanie, Brian, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Dominic, We are so saddened to hear about Paul. We send our love and prayers to all of you. Clarissa, Sean, Kirsten, Julian and Ewen Larsen
Clarissa Larsen
September 23, 2016
Dear Brian and Melanie and family,we are so saddened to hear of Paul's passing. We feel blessed to have met Paul and share his love of life and joyful spirit. We send our love and prayers to your family. Barb and Miles Macdonell, Winnipeg.
Macdonell family
September 23, 2016
We feel very blessed to have met Paul several times, his personality was larger than life. Please count on our prayers and know that we will have a group hug many times in memory of Paul.
Shaun, Melissa, Grace & Sam Magee
September 22, 2016
Melanie, Brian and family,
We are very sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I know you cherished every moment you had with him. Even thought we didn't meet him it seemed like he brought joy to everyone who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Lyndon, Karen, Megan & Tyler Kendrick
September 22, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. Paul was a blessing and you all were the family he was meant to be with. My thoughts and prayers to you all
Barb Neufeld
September 22, 2016
Melanie,Brian and family,
Sorry to hear about Paul's passing.My prayers are for all of you.May God give you strength at this time.
Bernice Mackoway
September 22, 2016
Dear Brian, Melanie, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Dominic,
I am so sorry for your loss and want you to know I am praying for you all! Paul was a beautiful little man, he brought my NET team and I a lot of joy while in Edmonton. This must be so hard for all of you. I wish I could say I understand exactly how you feel, but please know that I am sharing in your grief and am praying that God provides you all with peace and love throughout this time.
God Bless
Jessica Pierlot
September 22, 2016
I know we didn't meet often, but whenever Paul was near, his joy was overwhelming and contagious. What a treasure, and a loss. Please count on our prayers for God's consolation and peace. Our lives are forever changed.
Marie Field
September 22, 2016
Dearest Melanie , Brian ,Elizabeth ,Stephanie and Dominic
Our hearts goes out to you as we hear about the loss of our beloved Paul . He brought so much love and happiness to this world and we have so many awesome memories of spending time with him throughout the years and during my mom's visits. We love him and you all very much !
Marcia Antunes and Family
September 22, 2016
To Peter and family. Orest and I are keeping you in our prayers. Terry and Orest Witiw.
Terry Witiw
September 22, 2016
Thinking of you all every minute! Knowing Paul has been such a gift to me. He will be dearly missed and so fondling remembered. xo Gayle Krupa
Gayle Krupa
September 22, 2016
Paul was one of the best teachers I have ever had. Paul's pure innocence, joy for the small things in life and his honest love of Jesus was something for which we should all strive. He loved people, and in turn, you couldn't help but love him. I have so many fond memories, but will always rember four-cheese bagels with 2 honey dipped Tim bits and will dance to Uptown Funk. God Bless you all.
Love, Andrea
Andrea Holmstrom
September 22, 2016
Thank you Lema family for sharing your beautiful son/brother with all of us. He was truly a gift to be around. I would not be the individual I am today had it not been for Paul's light in my life. The world is a better place because of him. His laughter, joy and smiles will live on forever. My you find comfort in the fact that this angel lives on in the countless hearts he touched.
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