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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 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.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jun. 14, 2014.
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June 11, 2019
I think of Paul often. I deeply miss him. We had a very special working relationship at Health Canada, Health Products and Food Branch, and remember clearly when he got his diagnosis. He made me a better man, and I will always be grateful and he truly continues to live in my heart. My thoughts go out to Joanne and Jamie. Paul lives on forever, and one day we will enjoy a Starbucks coffee again.
Mark Gill
March 24, 2015
Joanne, I have only just read this news. I regret losing touch and am so very sad. My most deepest sympathies to you and your dear sweet girl. Paul was as others have said, a joy to have known. He lives on in all our memories.
Karyn Harrison
February 19, 2015
Hi Joanne and Jamie,
The first year is the hardest and my heart goes out to you both. Paul was a really solid person with a wonderful sense of humor. I attended the University of Ottawa with him in the eighties. As we can see from this guest book, he was appreciated and loved by many right to the end. Jamie, your father was someone to be extremely proud of. He was always a man of his word, something hard to come by in today's world. I wish you both all the best.
Heather Leighton
August 21, 2014
Dear Joanne and Jamie,

Pat and I were saddened to hear of Skeeter's passing. So fun, so kind- he was one of the good guys and we won't forget him. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Patty P and Deedee
Wakefield, Qc
August 5, 2014
Dear Jo and Jamie. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Paul. He was such a wonderful man. When I think of my buddy Paul(Skeeter), I see his dazzling smile, I hear his fantastic belly laugh and I remember his enormous heart! His humour is what stays with me most. Just today I heard a Jungle Love song and remembered Paul doing his tarzan yells in the Hull dance club just to make us laugh back in the Ottawa U days. Such a truly funny man, such a joy! I wish you strength and Gods grace. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, your friend,
Samantha Harwood-Baxter
July 28, 2014
Joanne & Jamie,

Our thoughts have been with you over the past few weeks as we fondly reminisce about our days on the back deck at Glynn after the gardening was done... sharing a pint and a laugh or two. Hugs to you both.
Deb & Al Doherty
July 28, 2014
Dear Jamie and Johanne, my thoughts are with you especially on this day.

Mary Anne
Mary Anne Kirkpatrick
July 26, 2014
dwayne sisetsky
July 22, 2014
To Joanne, Jaime, Auntie Peggy and Maureen. I am so sorry to learn of Paul's passing, I had not been told. My heart goes out to you all. Being close in age, I remember with fondness our "cousin" antics as children at family visits.

My sincerest sympathy;

Janet (Plummer) van Huuksloot and family
Janet Plummer - van Huuksloot
July 7, 2014
Our thoughts and love to you Joanne and Jamie
He'll always be with you; in heart and spirit; to
keep you safe. We send our love to help comfort
you. Jeanne Sullivan & Deb Thomson SARDIS B.C.
July 7, 2014
Our thoughts and love to you Joanne and Jamie.
He'll always be with you; to keep you safe. We send our LOVE to help comfort you.
July 6, 2014
I inspired by Paul's focus.
Michael Richardson
June 29, 2014
Joanne & Jamie, So very sad to her of the loss of Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Our deepest sympathy.
Glen and Lorna Turner
June 24, 2014
Joanne & Jamie: We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cousin Tom & Chris Logan
June 24, 2014
Joanne and Jamie,
We are so heart-broken to hear the news of Paul's passing. Our thoughts are with you today and always.
Take care, Mar & Rich Gurney
Marlene Gurney
June 20, 2014
Dear Joanne & Jamie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He will always be walking with you and in your heart. Take care and if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Cindy Gascon
June 19, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have met Paul through mutual friends and was part of a number of weekend golf outings. From the first moment I met Paul he made me feel like we were already long time friends. I will always remember his humour, his encouragement on the golf course and most importantly his constant smile and kind heart. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Wayne McNally
June 19, 2014
Dear Joanne and Jamie,
Wish we had been able to get to know Paul better but just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate having one of his lovely photographs in our dining room at the lake - I think he told us it was taken on a pier in San Francisco. Our sincere condolences to you both and to the Conway and Sisetsky families. May you be blessed with happy and healing memories.
Judy Cornell and Jerry Valihora
June 18, 2014
Dear Joanne and Jamie, Freddie and I are extremely saddened to learn of Paul's passing. We are heartbroken for you both. I will always remember Paul cheering us on at our volleyball games. He was a kind, gentle soul, way too young to leave this world. We send our heartfelt condolences, hugs and love to you both.

Dana & Freddie
Dana Petrmichl
June 18, 2014
Dear Joanne and Jamie, I am so saddened for the world's loss of Paul. I was fortunate to be his cubicle neighbour at PHAC for a while. Paul was a very kind, gentle, smart, dedicated, encouraging and creative person who showed passion in everything he did. Your dad was so proud of you Jamie - he told me about your accomplishments and success in academics and sports. He will be missed. My deepest condolences.
Kara Hayne
June 18, 2014
I just heard of your recent loss Joanne from Tracey. Please accept our most sincere condolences to both of your families.
Kavin Noble
June 18, 2014
Maureen and Keegan, Dave and I are so sad to hear of Paul's passing. We send you and your family our warmest thoughts and will keep you in our prayers.
Mo and Dave MacKay
June 18, 2014
I first learned of Paul's passing the other day from Lorne Hooper who was Paul's and my boss many years ago at NDHQ. The news brought back many happy, great memories of Paul's incredible love for Joanne and Jamie and his dedication as a public servant. Paul left this world a much better place. My deepest condolences Jo and Jamie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Steve Hamilton
June 17, 2014
Joanne and Jamie, family and freinds. Paul was my absolute best freind from early grade school all the way through to after high school. We didn't do much that wasnt done together, endless bike riding, summer camp, hockey, football, concerts, streaking lol, so many incredible memories. Paul and I experienced and accomplished so much together he truly was an incredible freind, one I loved and will never forget, so glad he touched so many!
Bruce Lynn
June 17, 2014
My thoughts and sincere condolences are with you and Jamie. Although I didn't work with Paul at NDHQ, I'm so glad I had the pleasure of meeting him over the years.
Doug Morris
June 17, 2014
For Jamie.. Carry him with you.
Jessica Sunter
June 17, 2014
Peggy and Maureen, I am so very sorry for your loss. I still have many memories of all of us as neighborhood kids and friends. Pam Drouillard (Grossett)
June 17, 2014
It is with great sadness that Jacinthe and I learned of Paul's passing. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Joanne, Jamie and family. I am sure that he is currently sharing stories around a camp fire with the best of them just like during the Puck & Ball tournements.
Guy Villeneuve
June 17, 2014
Joanne please accept my deepest sympathy on this time of sadness, I also extend my condolences to your Daughter and the rest of your family.
Serge Deschenes
June 16, 2014
You were an amazing sensei who pushed us to the limits to achieve our goals. You were also a great friend in all our lives and we will not forget you! thank you for everything you have done.
Love Sensei Alison. Rest in peace
Alison Ludlow
June 16, 2014
My fondest memory of your family is at pick up time,at CPA. I always looked forward to our friendly chats while Jamie finished her turn on the tire swing. After, the Conway Trio would walk home, happy to be in each other's company.
My heart goes out to you,Joanne and Jamie. Take comfort in your memories at this most difficult time.
Christine Foley
June 16, 2014
We were truly saddened to find out Paul had passed. Our deepest sympathies, Joanne and Jaime and Yukon. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Laurie & Mike Quenneville
June 16, 2014
Joanne; Anne Pearse just passed on to me the incredibly sad news of Paul's passing. My sincere condolences to you and yours.
Doug Pollen
June 16, 2014
Joanne and Jamie, please accept my sincere condolences and prayers. Paul was always bringing a smile to my face even in hard times. He was able to put more life around the rink with his great pictures. He was an amazing person...
June 16, 2014
My sincerest sympathy to Joanne and Jamie over the loss of truly a great person. Paul made such an impression on my life with his positive outlook and his kindness. I will miss you Paul, but I know you are with us.
Mark Gill
June 16, 2014
My sincere condolences to Paul's Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Danuta Cieslukowska
June 16, 2014
An amazing person, and a very dear friend.
Sarah Gajadhar
June 16, 2014
Joanne & Jamie,
I was so sorry to hear of Paul's passing last week. What a gift of a man he was.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Faith is for all things hoped for and my faith is you will find some peace as the days go by, and the tears will become smiles as you think of Paul.
Stephanie Vail Neilson
June 16, 2014
Joanne & Jamie...

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Skeeter, he was a remarkable man who always brought out the best in everyone, a true competitor and family man. I was proud to call him my friend.

Our thoughts & prayers are with the both of you during this difficult time, God bless you both.
Pat & Kelly Lahey
June 15, 2014
Paul & Joey's trips to Sask. were always something we looked forward to. He was such a dear friend and even though we didn't get to see him often we would just pick up where we left off after the last visit. He was truly a diamond in the ruff and we will miss him always. Love and hugs to you both.
Paul & Marg Gauthier
June 15, 2014
Didn't know this amazing guy very long but am blessed to have met him with you Jo and Jamie..luv Maggie J in MJ SK
June 15, 2014
Paul was truly a wonderful and positive human being. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Anne Kirkpatrick
June 15, 2014
My sincere condolances Joanne.

Claude Perras
June 15, 2014
Sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies. His great smile will be missed at
Glebe-St James.
Brad Munro
June 15, 2014
Joanne and Jamie....Jean-Mi, Laura and I have been so saddened by this news. Paul was such a fun, happy and positive person. He knew how to enjoy life to the fullest. You were such a great couple and in love and it was great to see you laugh at each other's quirks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time. Lots of hugs
Toni Comtois
June 14, 2014
Espie, Niskha and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to you both, Joanne and Jamie. I met Paul my first week in Ottawa 23 years ago and we became best of friends almost immediately. We spoke or saw each other usually four or five times a week until he got sick, and the void his passing has left will be felt for a long time. My heart breaks with and for you. And yes, Jamie, I'll send you some Dad & Uncle Rob stories that will make you laugh out loud. All our love to you both.
Rob, Espie & Niskha Kennedy
June 14, 2014
Hello Joanne and Jamie,
Paul for me was a great man to work with, play golf etc... I will miss him.
Raymond Beliveau
June 14, 2014
Paul was my Sensei at Douvris Westboro, and was one of the best teachers in our dojo. Today was a sad day - our first Saturday without Sensei Paul. I am grateful that I had a chance to learn from him. He will be missed.
Jennifer Dales
June 14, 2014
Joanne & Jamie,
I am deeply saddened to read the news of Paul and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. We sure had some happy times at Defence and Paul could make you smile just looking his way. Imagine us working on the realty records (CEMIS) system. I remember summer picnics and baseball games. While I have never met Jamie, she must be one good looking gal coming from great genes. My deepest condolences to your family,
Anne Pearse
June 14, 2014
Jo and Jamie...Skeets was a wonderful friend and teammate. The Blues will not be the same, by any stretch of the imagination, without him. I loved watching Skeets play. He always went all out and made some of the best catches I have ever seen made since I have been playing ball. Earlier this year, as I was having some health issues including a biopsy as well as my daughter, Skeets was there for me for information and support. Not once did he complain or indicate things weren't going well. That is a testament to the quality of human being he was. Since we had been playing ball together for ten years, we were kindred spirits. He liked the way I played and I loved the way he played. We both hated to lose or see a poor effort displayed. Off the field, he was a gentleman. Jo was always by his side, keeping score at our games. I will always remember the wonderful party two years ago at your place. He was a great man who loved his family and loved his friends. What more can you ask? All my love

Michael Nixon
June 14, 2014
Joanne & Jamie, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you get through this difficult time. I will remember Paul as a modest, bashful, and loyal friend who did his share of showing me the ropes of campus life at Ottawa U. God's speed Paul...
Brent Babcock
June 14, 2014
Dear Joanne and Jamie. We are heartbroken to hear this news. Paul was a special light that shone happily into every direction. We loved talking to him, and send the deepest condolences and prayers.
Janet and Jack Nield
June 14, 2014
Jim and I are so incredibly saddened to hear of Paul's passing. What a terrific guy. We will miss meeting him out for walks with Yukon. Joanne and Jamie, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
With sincere condolences, your neighbours
Bridget & Jim Edmonds
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