Paul David Wilkinson
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July 21, 1964 - Haliburton, Ontario

January 8, 2017 - Calgary, Alberta

It was with sadness that friends and family of Paul "Smokey" Wilkinson learned he died peacefully near the community of Hillhurst in Calgary; where the streets, alleys and river bank had been his chosen home for many years.

Paul was predeceased by his mother, Mary McCrea (McDuff), and father, Wayne Walter Wilkinson. He is survived by his daughter, Zana; and siblings Carolyn Whitmee (McCrea), Adrienne Read (McCrea), Doug McCrea and Reggie McCrea; uncle, Keith Wilkinson; and other extended family in Ontario.

His wide circle of friends and acquaintances from the streets of Hillhurst and the church he attended most Sundays will fondly remember Paul. Throughout his journey living with addictions and challenging lifestyle, he was known for his generosity of spirit, random acts of kindness and sharing of his limited financial resources. He was often the first to step up wherever he could to support his church, local and broader community, friends and those who could not help themselves.

Paul expressed gratitude for the many individuals and organizations that helped him in various ways. In particular, Hillhurst United Church, Calgary Legal Guidance, Alpha House DOAP Team, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department Station 6, Alberta Health Services, local Kensington businesses and many others who, without judgment, extended a helping hand in friendship, material or moral support. He also spoke of fond memories reconnecting with family in Ontario during recent visits and their on-going offers of support.

A memorial service to remember Paul will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00pm at Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary. For any willing and able, donations c/o Hillhurst United Church, to be used for community outreach and support services, will be gratefully accepted in Paul's name. See for details.

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Published in Calgary Herald on Jan. 28, 2017.
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September 5, 2017
I just heard of your passing. I"m heart broken. Although you had very little, you were generous -heart and soul. You have left a hole in this world that no one else can fill.
Anna Royer
February 3, 2017
It is with great sadness to hear of your passing my friend. Had known you for 4 years and you had done many things unselfishly. You will be missed. May you now rest in peace.
S Donnelly
January 30, 2017
I met Paul while renovating a building in Kensington. It was during the summer and "smokey" would swing by to say hello. I used charge his nano player and put music on it for him. He loved Judas Preist. He would routinely patrol the alley at night to make sure all was well. He never asked for anything in return. He was a good soul and such a character.

Rest in peace smokey.
Amit Ramji
January 28, 2017
I see the sadness in your eyes, a sadness your smile cannot disguise. I hope that now you are at peace and know you're not forgotten. I never knew Paul, but my heart has been touched by his kindness.
P. Cooper
January 28, 2017
RIP My friend
I knew you for a short while Paul but you made an impact and touched so many life's....including mine.
May you have peace now.
Phil D
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