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January 24, 1949 to September 13, 2012 Paul Lindsay Sears of Dunrobin rests forever in the hearts of wife Meg (née Treen), and children Jennifer, Edmund and Elizabeth. Those mourning in the U.K. include his mother Isabel Sears, and family Deborah Carpenter, and Nic and Cath Sears.

Paul was born and brought up in the leafy Chiltern Hills in Southern England. With the local youth club, "Prof" first developed his love of the outdoors.

Following in his father's footsteps, Paul attended the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. With a scholarship to Jesus College Cambridge, he studied Natural Sciences, earning a Doctorate in Chemistry.

Paul discovered the joy of gliding at Cambridge University Gliding Club. Paul shared his love of and skill flying gliders with friends and students in the U.K. and North America, and twice represented Canada in international sailplane championships.

Paul dearly loved his family and the outdoors, as he hiked, skied and paddled whenever he could. Family canoe camping later expanded into whitewater paddling. He also organized and played hockey, and coached soccer.

Paul's scientific rigour and pragmatic good humour is missed by colleagues at NRCan and beyond. Throughout thirty years in energy research, he highlighted the critical importance of substantially reducing our use of fossil fuels, and the best strategies to achieve this end.

Paul's life will be celebrated and memories shared from 2 to 4 pm, October 20th, at the Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or a charity of your choice would be much appreciated.



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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Sep. 22, 2012.
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January 24, 2013
Thinking about you today your birthday 24th January and every day. Love Deborah
Deborah Carpenter Sears
October 10, 2012
I am very sad that such a wonderful person has passed away at such an early age.

I know Paul as Meg is my cousin, and I can remember the first time I met Paul at a family dinner in Peterborough.

On a cold winter night he convinced us to go into the back garden to see a special constellation in the sky; he encouraged us to look at the sky and appreciate its beauty in on that crisp night.

That was typical of Paul. He had a big, wonderful heart and he had a wonderful life.

Paul loved his family, Canada, and the world around him; in return he was much loved.

My deepest condolences to Meg, Edmund, Elizabeth and Jennie.

With sadness,

Charles Smedmor.
Charles Smedmor
October 9, 2012
This is a terrible loss again for this family - difficult to accept. Wish the pages could be turned back for you Meg and your family.
Douglas Perkins
October 4, 2012
Paul was a good friend during the years we spent together at the Cambridge gliding club before he moved to Canada. It was good to meet him again a couple of years ago and go walking together and so sad to know now that we will never do that again. I'm thinking of all Paul's friends & family and hoping their good memories of Paul will help them through this sad time.
Phil King
October 1, 2012
Very sorry to hear the sad news of Paul's passing. Remembering the good times at Stokenchurch. Condolences to all the family.
Rod Lacey
October 1, 2012
Thank you for all the happy memories. Wish we had been able to spend more time together. With our love forever.
Nic and Cath Sears
October 1, 2012
Paul and brother Nic at Iron Age village, Buckinghamshire, England
Nic and Cath Sears
September 30, 2012
Meg: Sorry I never knew Paul and sorry to hear that now I never will. You have my sincere condolences.
Amy Kempster
September 30, 2012
Our sincerest condolences to Meg and family. We knew Paul only slightly but felt an unusual warmth and humility emanating from him when we met. Erwin & Gert
Erwin Dreessen
September 28, 2012
I was fortunate to meet Paul twice, in 2007 and 2008. He was a man that combined kindness and knowledge in rare quantities. Someone I'll never forget. My condolences to the family.
Luís de Sousa
September 28, 2012
Paul, brother Nic sister Deborah and Mum at Mum's 90th Birthday Part 17th March 2012
Deborah Sears
September 28, 2012
Paul skiing in Gatineau.
Deborah Sears
September 28, 2012
Elizabeth and Paul in bluebell woods England.
Deborah Sears
September 28, 2012
Paul sister Deborah and Mum in bluebell woods England.
Deborah Sears
September 27, 2012
Peggy!!! This is Gianni, Clara Valverde's brother... I am really sorry to read this news...!!! /// All my hugs, sympathy and wishes for energy to go in this problematic life...
Gianni (Juan) Valverde
September 26, 2012
I grew up with Meg in Peterborough, and although I only knew Paul a bit, I enjoyed when he visited us in Spain a few years ago. His intelligence and his curiousity made him very special. My condolences to the whole family, but specially to Meg who always has a special place in my heart and life.
Clara Valverde
September 26, 2012
Blessings on all of you - I hope you are surrounded by kindness and good memories. I'm happy to have had a chance to paddle with Paul on some lovely rivers. he was good for this world.
dot bonnenfant
September 26, 2012
Paul was a colleague but even more, a true friend. We had so many enthusiastic discussions regarding the state of the world at large, but even more we enjoyed talking about our personal lives and getting to know one another on another level. He was a man of great intelligence, knowledge and patience. If you were less knowledgable, he would explain the topic of discussion in terms you could grasp without speaking down to you. He was such a gentleman. I shall miss him terribly, but never forget him. My heart goes out to Meg, Jennie, Edmund and Elizabeth.
Gayle Corkery
September 25, 2012
This is the biggest loss of our Canadian life. We were fortunate to enjoy friendship of a person of rare intelligence, integrity and passion. Difficult to come to terms with the sad news. I could see it coming, but my mind refuses to accept it. Alexei, Katya and I are grieving together with you, Meg,Elizabeth, Edmund and Jennifer.
Elena Permiakov
September 23, 2012
Our thought and prayers are with Meg, Jenny,Edmund,Liz and family. Thinking of you all Brenda,Chris,Bruce and Emily Darling
Brenda Darling
September 23, 2012
I had played some enjoyable evening hockey with Paul. We also had many terrific conversations at the Carp arena over the years. He was a true honest gentleman in his approach with others. My heartfelt condolences to this loved ones.
Andrew Tait
September 23, 2012
We are shocked and saddened at the loss of Paul. All our sympathy to Meg,Jen, Edmund and Zip. Teen Joe Emerson and Eliot
September 22, 2012
It was with shocked surprise that I learned of the passing of Paul (I read an email received while on vacation). Please accept my deepest sympathy for your family's loss.
Paul Loewenstein
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