CONWAY, Paul Russell
July 28, 1961 – June 12, 2014
Paul "Skeeter," as his friends knew him was raised in Windsor, Ontario, where he and his school buds rode endlessly through the neighbourhood on their bikes. He reminisced about his high school football days; heading over to Detroit for beers, working with the railway crew during the summers to end up in the best shape of his life and to earn enough money to put himself through the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Baccalaureate in Arts: Honours Geography, in 1987. Paul retired in Ottawa after 26 years with the Federal Government where he worked at National Defence and various offices associated with Health Canada. Paul was a natural in all sports. He loved delivering the pre-game speech to get the boys going. He took pride in his effort of play and stood out for his sportsmanship. Paul reigned in the kitchen on his gas cooking stove (Chef Michael Smith's cookbooks nearby), and with his Green Egg on the patio. He tackled action photography, worshipped exercise and earned a second degree black belt in karate. In retirement he practiced the Mississippi Delta Blues on his grandfather's acoustic guitar and walked the neighbourhood with his black lab, Yukon. Paul will want to be remembered most for his utmost devotion to his family. He and his wife, Joanne, were incredibly in love and a team extraordinaire. They were blessed with their daughter, Jamie, who is an amazing; a kind, grounded gal who would love to have you share with her your wonderful stories of how you came to know her Dad. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cremation has taken place. A service to celebrate Paul's life will be announced at a later time. If you so desire, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would be appreciated by the family. He will forever be a loving husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and dear friend, and he now lives on in every wondrous thing we see.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jun. 14, 2014.