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.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Sep. 22, 2012.