PAUL FULLERTON MCNICHOL May 21, 1926 - May 28, 2021 Paul McNichol passed away peacefully a week after celebrating his 95th birthday. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At 17 1/2 years of age, Paul joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Flight Engineer. He was trained and stationed in England and flew in two bombing flights to Germany at the end of the war. After World War II, Paul studied at Mount Allison University and Nova Scotia Technical Institute, graduating as a mechanical engineer. He then rejoined the Air Force and was posted at many Air Force bases in Canada. At the Clinton base, he met his future wife Billie, who was the Chief Instructor of School of Food Services. In the first 10 years of their marriage, they lived in 10 different houses. Their daughters, Jane and Ann, were born in London and Ottawa. In 1967, Paul made a career change and moved to the Hamilton area to work at McMaster University as the Director of Physical Plant. While living in Dundas, Paul and Billie were both very active members of The Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. In 1988, when Paul retired from McMaster, they became 'snowbirds' and spent many winters golfing in Florida. Paul will be greatly missed and held in our hearts forever. He was a kind and positive man with a fun sense of humour. His famous comment about Optimism was 'No Extra Charge'. Here is one of his favourite stories: In August 1943, a Halifax neighbour of Paul's told him that a very important person had arrived on the Queen Mary and a box of large cigars had been purchased for this person. Paul jumped on his bicycle and headed for the waterfront. As he topped a hill, he saw the stacks of the Queen Mary. There was a very high chainlink fence about 150 yards from the VIP observation rail car and only about six other people were gathered behind the fence. The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, was in the large window reading the local newspaper. With his very shrill whistle, Paul tried to get his attention. On Paul's sixth try, Churchill dropped one side of the newspaper and gave the 'V for Victory' sign. Paul had gained the momentary attention of the most important person in the world! Churchill was on his way to the Quebec Conference of 1943, also attended by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Mackenzie King. Beloved husband of Billie (Donna) for 64 years. Adored father of Jane and Ann (Ken). Cherished Grandad to Maryn Caragata and Michael Caragata. Loving uncle to Peg McNichol, Patricia Hackett (Craig), Kathy Lines (Dave), Nancy Moorhouse (deceased) (Garry) and Ted Moorhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army Hamilton Community & Family Services would be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at marlettfhdundas.com
A family celebration of Paul's life will take place virtually.