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FAZIO, Dr. Paul, C.M., Ph.D., P.Eng
April 1, 1939 - September 28, 2014
"A Life Well Lived"
Beloved husband
Devoted father and grandfather
Caring son and brother
Distinguished engineer, professor & researcher
Proud member of the Order of Canada
Surrounded by the love of his family in body and spirit, Paul passed away peacefully on September 28, 2014 at the Jewish General Hospital after facing a number of medical challenges with extreme courage and determination. Born in Alvito, Italy to Anna (nee Marini) and the late Donato Fazio, Paul immigrated to Canada in 1953. Here, he continued his illustrious education and earned a doctorate in engineering at the University of Windsor. He became a professor at Concordia University in 1967 and forged a brilliant teaching, research and leadership career. Under his expert guidance, Concordia became the first Canadian University to establish an accredited program in Building Engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He created the Centre for Building Studies in 1977 and served as its pioneering leader until 1997. Paul was recognized numerous times for his outstanding contributions to his field. He was the recipient of the Galbraith Prize and the Gzowski Medal; he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering. In 2007 he was invested into The Order of Canada. Through his love of camping Paul showed his family all of Canada from coast to coast. He was a world traveller, marathon runner, golfer, passionate photographer, storyteller/author of "Stories my Nonno Used to Tell Me" and avid player of cards and pool. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife Lucy; his children Teena, Mark (Ann) and Luke (Reena) and his grandchildren Julien and Simon. He will be missed by his mother Anna; his brother Frank (Nora); his stepfather-in-law Dario; his sister-in-law Fran (Ralph); Aunt Vicki and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. The family would like to thank the Jewish General Hospital, the Hope and Cope organization as well as Paul's physicians, nurses and medical support staff for their compassionate and expert care; in particular, Dr. Wahbi Hammouda and Dr. Caroline Michel, each of whom added quality years to his life. Visitation will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Rideau Funeral Home (4275 Boul. Des Sources, DDO). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at St. Edward the Confessor Mission (98 Aurora Avenue, Pointe Claire, Quebec, H9R 3G7) followed immediately by a luncheon Reception at Beaconsfield Golf Course (49 Golf Avenue, Beaconsfield, Quebec, H9S 4N6). In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Paul's wishes, Memorial donations can be made to the Professor Fazio Award Endowment at Concordia University which serves to benefit distinguished undergraduates in Building Engineering. Cheques should be made payable to Concordia University and may be mailed to: Sarah Kenny, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisoneuve Blvd W, FB520, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Alternatively, donations may be made online at by entering "Paul Fazio Awards Endowment" in the "specific scholarship/fund" field.

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Memories & Condolences
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49 entries
December 15, 2014
Dear Teena and Mark. I just read about your dad's passing this morning in the latest Loyola Today. I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that you have lost such a great man. Beyond all his accomplishments (and there were many), he was doubtless a great father, husband, son, grandfather, brother and friend to many. We lost our Dad to cancer four years ago, and it's still hard to believe he is gone. Of course, in a sense, he never will be gone - and I hope that, as the shock and sadness subside, your dad will live on in your hearts and memories. Please extend my sincerest sympathies to your mom, brother Luke, as well as to all your family. Pete
Peter Cugno
November 1, 2014
I am deeply saddened to know this. You have been a motivation for me during my stay at Concordia. I would be thankful to you ever for your support and guidance.
Rajasekar Elangovan
October 10, 2014
Lucy,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Magrina Fanelli
October 10, 2014
Dear Lucy and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. My thoughts are with you all.
Rose Marie de Verteuil
October 6, 2014
My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences upon the loss of Paul. I was always glad to meet Paul in the Building Physics conferences and share professional information and thoughts about the interaction between academic research and its impact on teaching and education of engineering students. Paul was a successful role-model, and discussions with him were inspiring.
I also remember with great sympathy the hospitality of you both during the Montreal Building Physics conference. It is so sad that such a young at heart person is taken away too early.
Rachel Becker
October 4, 2014
Dear Lucy and Family,

On behalf of Claudio and Giovanna Vissa and ourselves, please accept our sympathies. Paul will remain in our thoughts, His contribution with your support Lucy was so significant.
Caroline and Marc
October 4, 2014
Dr Paul Fazio (1939-2014),
I can speak for many of your students and friends.
My 30 year plus international engineering career was largely a result of graduating under your leadership within the department of civil and building engineering. You have been to many our best Coach and Mentor. A true “Renaissance man”, your listening skills and well thought out recommendations gave me the endurance to complete my goals and guide my career. You were firm but right, demanding but compassionate. You had a talent to bring out the best out of so many of your students and push them to excel or raise their bar for achievement. Beyond the call of duty you organized gatherings of your students outside the University; even some Bar B. Q.'s at your home with the contribution of your dear wife Lucy.
If it had not been for your understanding of personal challenges and obstacles creeping up in the middle of the academic journey of students, and your support, advice and encouragements, like many, where would I be today? From the Civil Department to initiating the Building Engineering, how many engineering careers did you cause and contribute to in order to enhance your students' lives and objectives over and above a regular teaching role? After verification counting undergrads, Masters, Ph. Ds and Professors hire, we can answer: You touched several thousand!
Without your pioneering engineering research, the Canadian Building Envelope would not have progressed as much as it did. During your tenure, slowly but surely, with your input and the National Research Council synergy, and creeping influence on CMHC, standards were raised for the comfort and better housing and building performance to be enjoyed throughout Canada. Reaching out of Academics, you founded SIRICON, a first as a Non Profit Research Company, to bring industry Software for Building Envelope analysis. To do this, you attracted the best from the profession and demonstrated over and above product delivery, the importance of strict corporate governance as an example to many. Fellow engineers respected you for your achievements and for your passion and enthusiasm to better the Canadian Building industry, fostering more collaboration between Architecture and Engineering.
As a forefather of Continuing Education for Professional Engineers, you led several through the challenge of a Master degree without interrupting career and family responsibilities, and in sharing your drive invited and convinced some to continue in a Ph.D. Program. Your impact was significant and for all the above, I can testify that Dr Paul Fazio, you embodied the example of:
The “Renaissance Dottore” (best of the profession) and a real Gentleman.
Your legacy and the Progress and Professional example you caused to the benefit of Concordia University and your Canadian Community will continue to be significant.

October 4, 2014
Dear Lucy and Family,
My mom and I send our deepest prayers of courage and strength during this difficult time. I know that my mother spoke to you just a few days ago sending her condolences. Our family has such fond and heartwarming memories of the Fazio family and we will never forget them. May the memories of the love shared not just from family but from every individual Paul's life touched comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead. Warmest regards, Franca Bonanno and Family and Ersilia Zarlenga
Franca Bonanno
October 3, 2014
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Dr. Fazio's family. As a student of Dr. Fazio, I will never forget his smiling when I attended his lecture, his inspiration when I did my research, his encourage when I met difficulty… It is a great loss for his passing away in the field of building engineering.
Hua Sheng He
October 3, 2014
Sincere condolences to the Fazio Family.
Paul was a truly a gentleman and a very good listener. Played a few golf games with him at Beaconsfield over the years.
Remember the good times with him as I am certain they are a plenty.
Bob Teolis B.G.C.
Bob Teolis
October 3, 2014
Sarah Wen
October 3, 2014
Dearest Lucy, Teena, Mark, Luke and families. We are extremely saddened by the news of the passing of Paul...he was such an amazing man. Growing up his accomplishments were shared with us by his mom and dad, and we were all so proud and honoured that he was our cousin. His smile was priceless and so was that twinkle in his eye when he would win a card game with his dad. The family get togethers in Windsor will always be treasured! Take pride in knowing Paul left a lasting infleunce on all of us. Our prayers that God fills our void of human touch with all the wonderful and amazing legacies that Paul left. And that his spirit continues to live with us always.
Anna and Joe Mancini and family
October 3, 2014
Dear Teena and family,
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your father. Sending you all my sincerest condolences.
With love,
Iva Padjen
October 3, 2014
Dr. Fazio was a devoted, caring man who gave selflessly and touched so many lives. He had a large impact on my life as my mentor, supervisor, colleague and friend. I will miss our chats and his counseling and I will be forever grateful to him for guiding me in my career and in matters of the heart as well. My family and I will hold a special place in our hearts for him forever.

Our prayers and sympathies go out to the Fazio Family. God bless you.
Dino Gerbasi
October 3, 2014
Dear Teena,
So sorry to learn of your father's passing. Our condolences to you and your whole family. You are in our thoughts.
Gaby Simonka & Joe Pasztor
October 3, 2014
Dear Lucy,

I just got a mail with the really sad news Paul passed away on 28 September 2014. First of all, I like to express my deep respect and condolences. You are losing a really loved husband. The pain and sorrow, this must give, cannot be translated in wording, sorry for that.

Paul was one of our best friends from abroad. We had a common background, common ambition and common playground. I remember for ever the hours we spent together, in Montreal, Vancouver, Leuven, Istanbul, Kyoto and elswhere, chatting about family, the job, future expectations, even building engineering. Often, you were part of this company of friends, talking with Lieve about things that matter.

Paul was truly a university professor, someone with a mission and a heart for his job, educating building engineers. Although living in Canada for decades, he kept his italian flavour, which made his presence so amiable.

We were expecting to meet both of you in Torino, next year (2015). This will not happen now. It's such a pity. We wish we could attent Paul's funeral but Montreal is not closeby, which forces us to be there in our minds.

Lucy, once again our christian condolences,

Lieve and Hugo
Lieve and Hugo Hens-Vercauteren
October 3, 2014
My sincere condolences Mark to you and all your family on the loss of your father.
Alexa Hell
October 2, 2014
I never forgot Dr. Fazio's brilliant teaching and his passion for building science research. Please accept my deepest condolences to his family.
Ying Simpson
October 2, 2014
Dear Teena,

I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know we haven't seen each other in so many years, but I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Nadia Verrucci
October 2, 2014
I was Dr. Fazio's master student at year of 20070
Dr. Fazio was one of the kindest, most caring, and talent people we knew, and always went out of his way to help his students including me. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at the Concordia University.

I am honoured to be his student.
Xiangyang Tan
October 2, 2014
I am deeply saddened by the news of Prof. Fazio's passing. I'll always remember his invaluable guidance, his kindness and willingness to help. His legacy will live on through generations of students and professionals who learned from him and benefited from his wealth of knowledge and experience. Dr. Fazio had such a huge impact on so many levels, but he was above all a great human being, an inspiration for all of us.
Serban Iliescu
October 2, 2014
My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.
Jiwu Rao
October 2, 2014
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I will always remember Dr. Fazio as a person with a vision and a tremendous drive.
Meli Stylianou
October 2, 2014
Dear Lucy,
Dear Mark, Luc and Teena,

My wife and I were shocked to hear that Paul passed way.
Paul was a visionary who developed the building engineering program, still unique in Canada, with the hope of creating a critical mass of professors and researchers that would enhance the quality of the building industry in Canada, and especially in Quebec. He promoted and realized his dream to have the Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. programs in Building Engineering at Concordia. Recently he worked for the development of a similar program in British Columbia. He was the founder of the Centre for Building Studies at Concordia University, which later changed the name in the School for Building, and finally became the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, after the merge under his leadership between the Centre for Building Studies and the Department of Civil Engineering. The Building Engineering as an academic discipline and its contribution to the research and development for the building industry became one of the trademarks of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia.
Paul promoted the collaboration between the faculty members and the construction industry in Quebec through research contracts with utility companies, government agencies and consulting companies; and through series of professional courses; position papers presented to the provincial government; and the list is long. His unquestionable and valuable legacy in Concordia has no equal to this day.
Among many other qualities, he had the great quality of intuiting the potential in all of us, and helping to make those qualities flourishing. Paul's memory will be forever with us.
We will pray for you and your family and we will light a candle in his memory. Paul will continue to watch and protect his family.

Dear Lucy, Mark, Luc and Teena please accept our condolences.
May he rest in peace.
Possa egli riposare in pace.

Radu and Marie-Dana Zmeureanu
Radu Zmeureanu
October 2, 2014
To the Fazio Family:

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Paul to your family. As much as he meant to your family, Paul had an equally large presence in the building engineering community both nationally and internationally. His acheivements are legendary and will affect generations of engineers and researchers to come. Truly a life well lived and a great foundation set for generations to come. Personally, I will miss his optimism and positive outlook. We shared many life experiences together both culturally (first generation Italo-Canadian) and vocationally. He will be missed, not forgotten and forever revered.
Tony Colantonio
October 2, 2014
Dear Lucy, Teena, Mark, Luke,
Our prays go out to you during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Carmine, Rossana, Maria & Gianni Fazio
October 2, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the family. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.
Mireille Wahba
October 2, 2014
Dear Lucy, Mark, Luc and Teena, .. .

I share your grief at this fleeting moment, but life will go on, and what remains is our fond memories with Paul and the legacy he left behind.

Kinh Ha
October 1, 2014
Dear Fazio Family,
Je désire offrir mes sincères condoléances à la famille.
Paul Fazio était beaucoup plus pour moi qu'un simple membre de la faculté, il fut celui qui m'a donné cette chance de travailler à Concordia(1988 CBS) et je lui en serai toujours très reconnaissant.
Mes pensées sont avec vous, sincèrement.
Sylvain Bélanger, Administrateur des systèmes Concordia AITS
October 1, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Fazio and Dr. Fazio's family. I have fond memories of Dr. Fazio as a professor, mentor and boss at Siricon. He was always supportive of my studies and gave me my first opportunity to work in the field of building engineering. He was a lovely person whom I will miss.
Maria Mottillo
October 1, 2014
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family , Teena.
Laura Polomeno and Bill Vrentas
October 1, 2014
Dear Teena,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kim Paul
Kim Paul
October 1, 2014
With tears and fond memories of a teacher, mentor, guide and true friend - thank you Dr. Fazio, it has been a privilege and you will be sadly missed.
Krishnan Gowri
October 1, 2014
Dear Teena,

I am so sorry to hear that your dad has gone. Claude and I know how painful it is. We wish you courrage through this tough time. Our door is always open for you.
Helene Couture
October 1, 2014
Dear Lucy, Teena, Mark and Luke,
My condolences to you all. He made me believe in myself, even recommending I take engineering. I've thought of all of you often including Paul, whom I admired immensely. He'll always be smiling in my thoughts. I'm in Europe and can't be there in person but will be in spirit.
Connie Anania
October 1, 2014
Dr. Fazio is the founder of the Concordia building engineering department. As a student, I really respect his hard work, dedication, and contributions to the university and the society. He will be remembered. My sincere condolence to the family.
Jian Zhang
October 1, 2014
Dear Teena,

I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I know you were very close and you have many warm memories of him. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.
October 1, 2014
Dear Lucy and family,
We met, Lucy, on a few official occasions at Concordia and, as dean, I always cherished and appreciated Paul's enthusiasm, drive and intellect, as well as his valuable advice. He had a huge impact on the Faculty and brought in many excellent people under his wing who will continue his great work and journey going forward. A true visionary and highly dedicated academic and engineer.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies to you all. He will be sorely missed.
Robin Drew
October 1, 2014
Dear Lucy,Teena,Mark and Luke

I am so sorry to hear about Paul.When I think of him I will always remember his easy going way,his smile and sense of humour.A super nice guy who is much loved and had a profound impact on so many.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Mann
Catherine Mann
October 1, 2014
I forgot to sign my message...It was from Lorraine Galley. Some things never change...
October 1, 2014
Dear Tee,
I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. No matter how old we are, we are never ready to lose a parent; especially one as beloved as your Dad. I have so many fond memories of spending time with your parents on Brock Cr. Please give your Mom my love, and know that I will be with you in spirit. God bless xo
October 1, 2014
Dear Lucy and Family:
We are so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. We send our deepest sympathies to your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are there with you. Paul was an extraordinary man and we will always remember him with love in our hearts. May he rest in peace.
Valerio & Onoria Fazio & Family
October 1, 2014
Dear Fazio Family,
My sincerest condolences and sympathies on the passing of your beloved Paul. May your happiest memories of him ease your pain during this most difficult time.
Christine Dryburgh
October 1, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are sent your way, so you may find peace in your hearts. Sincerest condolences.
Giovanna Donnini, B.Eng.(Bldg) '88 and Martin Corej, B.Eng.(Civil)'88
October 1, 2014
Teena and family:
My deepest condolences on the passing of Paul Fazio. I hope your happy memories help you during this difficult time.
Claire Barrett Scaife and family.
October 1, 2014
Dear Teena,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My prayers and sympathies are with you and your family at this difficult time. Cynthia Postema
Cynthia Postema
October 1, 2014
Dear Mrs. Fazio and family, please accept my most heartfelt sympathies. I am forever grateful to Dr. Paul Fazio for providing me the opportunity to start my career in building engineering. Through the Centre for building studies and Siricon, Paul Fazio helped launch countless careers. I appreciated his support, his advice, his subtle sense of humour and his company.
Sebastiano DePani , B. Eng 92 DePani
October 1, 2014
He will always be remembered as an excellent researcher, a great supervisor, a legend and brilliant model in my life.
The six years university life with him has been a treasure for me. His black suit case and beige jacket are still vivid. The smile on his face reminds me his care for his student, the confidence on his work, the everlasting enthusiasm for his research, and the never give up attitude in his life.
Please accept my deepest condolences to his family.

His student,
Xiangjin Yang
Xiangjin Yang
October 1, 2014
Dear Teena,
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing; may your precious memories give you strength during this difficult time. I am thinking of you,
Veronique Courey
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