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Paul CULVER
1947 - 2021
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PAUL WILLIAM JAMES CULVER 1947-2021 With great sadness, we announce the passing of Paul on July 12, 2021. A family friend described Paul as the embodiment of the phrase, 'Still waters run deep'. He had a reserved nature, but he cared deeply about his family and friends, and his work. Paul was the Chief Crown Attorney at the Toronto Courthouse for over 20 years. He spent his entire career in the Toronto Crown Office, starting fresh out of law school in 1975. He loved being a Crown, and was proud to serve his beloved city. A skilled and effective courtroom lawyer, he prosecuted more than 100 jury trials, including 38 murder cases, in one of the largest and most high-pressure prosecutor's offices in Canada. He was known as a progressive and accommodating boss by the more than 100 Assistant Crowns in the office, particularly by the female Crowns for his active encouragement of a healthy work/life balance for young families. He was well respected on both sides of the bench, as evidenced by the number of Defence Attorneys who spoke warmly of him at his retirement reception in 2008. Over the course of his career, the cases that he prosecuted and oversaw helped to shape the social fabric of the city, from dropping charges against Dr. Henry Morgentaler, to playing a role in incorporating Indigenous cultural practices and understandings of justice into the legal system through the Gladue Alternative Court. Among his successful jury trials were three that stayed with him: the murder trials for three young girls, Andrea Atkinson, Alison Parrott and Holly Jones. In the latter part of his career, he enjoyed mentoring young Crowns, both in the Toronto office and after he retired, in Nunavut as a Circuit Court Prosecutor. While working in the North, he enjoyed learning about Inuit culture and working collaboratively with community Elders in the prosecution and sentencing process. Paul was born in 1947 in Toronto to Winifred (Wears), a war bride who came over from England at the end of the Second World War, and William Culver, a Toronto Police Detective. William passed away when Paul was 16 years old, and Paul stepped in to fill the paternal role for his younger siblings, Barbara and Greg. Paul's initial career aspiration was to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Toronto police force, but he was thwarted by his poor eyesight. He decided instead to pursue a career in law, and attended York University and Osgoode Law School. He met his wife, Susan, as a student at York. As Paul and his siblings started families of their own, they loved gathering their children (seven rambunctious girls altogether) for birthdays and holidays and to celebrate family milestones. He was a loving husband to Susan for 49 years. They travelled the world together and enjoyed spending their well-earned retirement at their cottage near Meaford on Georgian Bay. They developed a close-knit group of friends on Sunnyside Beach, and shared many laughs over 'mart hour' on the shores of the Bay. He was a proud father to Shannon and Lindsay, with whom he shared his love of Blue Jays baseball and ice cream, and to whom he passed on his strong principles and sense of public obligation. Despite the demands and stressors of his job, he was a devoted and caring father, coaching tee-ball teams and playing with the girls at the cottage. They are incredibly proud of him and the life that he led. Paul was generally a quiet man, but he could tell a great story. When he began to recount one of the many colourful stories of his youth, people knew to gather round, because it was bound to be a good one. He was a humble and principled man, well-respected and loved, and the steady rock for his family. He will be greatly missed by Susan, Shannon, Lindsay (Collin), his sister Barbara (Keith), his brother Greg (Noreen, deceased), his brother-in-law Dave Handy (Nancy), his sister-in-law Lynn Handy (Irena), and his nieces and nephew, Jessica, Laura, Alexandra, Michelle, Leah, Sam, Maddie and Molly. A celebration of his life will be held later in the summer, when the family hopes the COVID-19 situation will have abated. Donations can be made to the Cancer Research Society or Aboriginal Legal Services. Messages for the family can be left at https://turnerporter.ca/memorials.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 17 to Jul. 21, 2021.
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July 27, 2021
Dear Susan and Family
May you feel our love and prayers holding you during this difficult time. Till we can sing again know that you are loved.
Kathleen Wooder on behalf of the Kingsway Lambton United Church Choir
Kathleen Wooder
Friend
July 27, 2021
Paul was a great leader and mentor. He cared deeply about the people at 361 and the job. A gentleman.

Thank you, Paul.
Hugh Craig
Friend
July 23, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Paul on the OCAA executive for a number of years. We had one memorable trip to Boston to the National District Attorneys annual conference. Paul was the main driver behind and organizer of the subsequent joint meeting/party in Toronto of the first and only joint meeting of the OCAA and NDAA, a truly memorable event. He was one of the finest men I have known.
JAMES TRELEAVEN
July 22, 2021
Susan, Shannon and Lindsay, I give my sincerest condolences to you for the loss of your husband and father. Paul was an exceptional man and a great mentor. We always knew he had our backs if we were acting in a fair manner and he always supported us in expanding our knowledge/experience to reach our potential as Crowns. He mentored Crowns through challenges in cases and life and always found a way to be helpful. I am grateful to have learned from him and honoured to have shared a mart or two both at Sunnyside and after cases. Paul's approach to our office allowed us to be leaders in so many areas of developing law--child abuse, domestic violence, aboriginal. His dedication to 'doing it better' changed the way cases are prosecuted across the country. I am so very sorry for your loss, but hope that the tremendous love that we had for Paul gives you comfort at this time. The next time I am on Georgian Bay I will raise a mart in his honour, he was one of a kind.
Mary Ellen Hurman
Coworker
July 21, 2021
I knew Paul from my work on extradition at the CLOC. He was always so helpful. I I think Shakespeare sums it up best: His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a man.
Condolences to his family and friends.

Lucy Cecchetto
Lucy Cecchetto
Coworker
July 21, 2021
Susan, Shannon, Lindsay and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Husband, Dad, Uncle and friend. Paul was my guiding light as Crown Attorney in the Toronto office. Myself and several of my female colleagues were 'baby Crowns' when Paul hired us, all at once; we were so lucky to have him. We served him up a few not-so-pleasant surprises in those formative years - and he always, always, always had our backs. He really cared and knew exactly how to quietly and diplomatically handle even the most difficult situations. There will never be another like him.
Kerry Hughes
Friend
July 20, 2021
We have known Paul for over 30 years for his 2 girls grew up with our 2 girls being the same age here at the cottage at Sunnyside.
He took the 4 girls on many adventures on trails in Beaver Valley, surrounding beaches and especially to the Dairy Queen.
He kept us informed of great restaurants, golf courses and local events in which we loved to join them.
We will miss him dearly.
Bernie and Nellie
Friend
July 20, 2021
Paul was truly the jewel in our Crowns' office downtown. I had the pleasure of knowing him for 30 years and of working for him after I transferred downtown for 8 years, until his retirement. He was an excellent trial lawyer and mentor. Our family benefitted from his work/life balance policies and he was a leader in allowing part-time work or unpaid leaves-of-absences for family reasons. Other Crowns' offices followed suit and I believe Paul's policies even influenced private law firms. Underneath his quiet exterior lay a heart of gold. Susan, Shannon and Lindsay, please know that you and your extended family do not walk alone in your grief. May his memory always be a blessing to you.
Lynne Bridger
Friend
July 18, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve & Christine Sylvestre
Friend
July 17, 2021
Paul was an understated but compassionate human being. While he was a very skilled lawyer, he was also a good friend and mentor to many. He helped shaped the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association (OCAA) /Ministry of Attorney General education programs when he was Vice President and President of the OCAA. He was always happy to help with education endeavors, even on the hard topics before they became mainstream, like wellness and mental health. When he was active in the OCAA, he forged a good relationship with the National District Attorneys' Association, a relationship that exists today. Friends and colleagues felt supported by him. It is very sad to learn of his loss, gone way too soon. My condolences to his family.
Liesha Earle
Friend
July 17, 2021
There will always be a seat for Paul at our regular Sunnyside/Kiowana Beach 'Mart Hours'. Truly missed but never forgotten. (Paul's at the end in blue beside lovely wife Susan)
Jay Parkes
Friend
July 17, 2021
Paul was a gentle man with many strengths. I was privileged to know him and to work with him for many years.
Frank Armstrong
Friend
July 17, 2021
My condolences to the whole Culver family. I met Paul when I started working in the old H.Q. Investigative Support Squad. I thought Paul was the coolest, calmest person I had ever met. Behind those eyes was a thoughtful, caring and extremely intelligent Man. He treated everyone with the utmost respect. Paul was a true professional, who added immense value to the Justice system. He will be sadly missed.
John Winter
Acquaintance
July 17, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Paul, he was a true gentleman, I was one of the officers that Paul led through the Andrea Atkinson case, and during that time I saw how Paul's strength, courage and knowledge guided the team through a very difficult time. I have and always will hold Paul in high regard and I am saddened to learn of his passing. RIP friend.
Tom McNamara
Friend
July 16, 2021
My condolences to the whole family, Paul was a wonderful person.
DIana Hutzul
Coworker
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