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HADDAD, PAUL Paul Haddad passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, peacefully and comfortably, after a brief and unexpected illness. His family would like to thank the caring and dedicated paramedics, doctors, nurses and staff at Toronto Western Hospital for all the care Paul received. He is survived by his loving mother Roslyn, cherished by his brothers, Matthew, Chris and John B, his sister Emma and nephews and nieces, Amy, Thomas, Ryan and Gracie, who will always love their Uncle Paul. He was born in Birmingham, England, May 20, 1963. He was an actor and studied at the National Theatre School of Canada. He was the most wickedly funny and talented man we have ever known. His bravery and love will always be an example to us all. Now he is resting peacefully with our father Parviz. "Good-night sweet Prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

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Published in Toronto Star on Apr. 18, 2020.
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July 19, 2020
Like some other people here I mainly know Paul from voicing Leon S Kennedy in the video game Resident Evil 2. I first played the game when it was new and I was only 8 years at the time. Through the years I have continually played it and enjoyed it every time.

Some people might see video games and voice actors as something insignificant, but Resident Evil 2 and of course Pauls voice for Leon is something very special. His contribution to the game is very noteworthy, he has a determined and strong voice and just simply gives life to the character. You sense that Leon is a rookie police officer but that he takes his assignment to heart and does what he can during a zombie outbreak.

I remember practically every line of dialog Paul spoke and I sometimes quote them here or there and have done so through the years. Just a short time before writing this I finished Resident Evil 2 for what must probably be the 10th time and thought to myself, I wonder what Paul is up to these days. Then I read the news and it was a bit unfortunate to say the least.

I would have liked to have seen Paul in more prominent voice acting roles as he had a lot of potential as a voice actor. I wasnt too fond of the other actors portraying Leon in future installments and have always seen Pauls interpretation as the gold standard.

I hope his family and his friends will be able to cope with this loss, as with every human being theres a lot more to every one than meets the eye and even though I only knew Paul through his voice acting, Im sure he was a nice person and a fascinating individual. Rest in piece dear Paul, you will be remembered and missed.

Jakob from Sweden
Jakob
May 23, 2020
Paul was my close friend during public school. I would look forward to the days we spent together during the weekends at his place. I remember the incredible kindness of Roz and the curiosity of Matt and Emma. Paul was always talented. He would create skits for us to act out and he always came up with such unique characters and voices. I am glad that I held on to the many photos and memorabilia we shared together. I am truly saddened by his passing and glad he is at peace with his father. I miss you Paul.
Alan Bryan
Friend
May 14, 2020
I found out 3 weeks after he passed away and I have linked what he posted on his gofundme page. I also linked all of the acting roles this man did over the years, not just his snakes and ladders episode of Murdoch. I am 36 years old and 18+ years in the Canadian Military and have played Re2 religiously since I was 14. Paul was ALWAYS my hero ever since I read his name in the Re2 credits in 1998 I wanted to meet him. Paul wherever you are you will be SEVERELY missed by your BIGGEST fan.
James Rideout
Friend
May 12, 2020
Paul will forever be Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil 2. Rest in peace friend. And thank you for all the memories of voicing an iconic role in a iconic horror franchise.
Kenny
May 3, 2020
I met Paul as a neighbour at our downtown Toronto co-op. We became friends with our shared involvement in theatre and performance. He was always encouraging me, and sharing his discoveries. He used to make mix CDs for my kids and me, and shared DVDs and technical advice. He had many challenges in the last years, but always shared his love and humour on the good days. Miss you, Paul.
Dawn Obokata
Friend
May 1, 2020
i remember him from montreal akwaya kind generous talented and loving!❤Rip x
Penny Mancuso
Coworker
April 25, 2020
I am honoured to say that Paul was a friend. He was a man who always managed to see the light in everyone. No matter how overwhelming things became, Paul had hope. Paul appreciated those who cared for him and was forever expressing his passion and affection. Paul was..is...a wonderful soul. He was an exceptional talent that was willing to take enormous risks. Paul was forever wowing audiences with his gifts. Paul was a testament to perseverance in the face of adversity. May Pauls soul fly! Much love and light to his family.
Andrew
Friend
April 25, 2020
Paul and i were at McGill together - and from that time on he came in and out of my life at different intervals. He was an intense and incredible actor and man. My love to all who loved him
sharon DiGenova
Friend
April 24, 2020
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Michael Oscars
April 23, 2020
I knew about Paul as one of videos games greatest characters ..he was a very talented actor..He accepted me on Facebook as a friend as he did for many others..Every time he'd speak to me he talked as if we were friends for years..he was such a kind..gentle..and funny person. We shared recipes as Paul loved to try new foods..he loved dogs as I do. He even would share secrects such as behind the scenes projects he was working on..Regaurdless of his short comings and obstacles he was up against, he never gave up..he was always very positive..with time Im sure we would have been close friends..and to have known him and shared a friendship was an honor in its self..he was a hero in my life as his charcter Leon was always full of hope and courage..Paul was very much the same ..he was genuine..loving and kind..to Paul's family...You are deep in my thoughts and prayers..It was an honor to share the world with Paul..and it was such an honor to have known him..Rest in Power Paul..until we meet again..I love you Paul.
Robert
Friend
April 23, 2020
You were the first (and best) voice of Leon S. Kennedy!
Peter Anderson
April 22, 2020
Im so saddened at Paul's passing. I loved his performance of Leon S.Kennedy in Resident Evil 2. Hearing his interview on the Residence of Evil podcast a couple of years ago was a joy. Such a nice man who loved and appreciated his fans. My thoughts are with his family. Rest easy Paul.
Iain Martin
April 21, 2020
Thanks Paul for giving your voice to Leon, I lost a brother in May 99 from a suicide, I was depressed and probably thinking to do the same after my brother passed away, my mom bring me a PSX for christmas and this game RE2, you know in the most darkest time of my life, the character that you portrayed helped me to cope with this loss, thanks for help me Paul, Sleep Well.
German
Significant Other
April 21, 2020
You will and we're always part of me. Love you. Say hi to Farrah and remind her when we met her together.
Jordan Stone
Friend
April 21, 2020
Sad to hear Paul has left us. My condolences to Roz and his entire family. I had the pleasure of working with Paul during my employment at St. Nicholas Co-op where he lived. We were both enchanted with jazz music. Paul's smile will be missed. Heartfelt hugs!
Wendy Lucas
Acquaintance
April 21, 2020
Paul was the sweetest and kindest person I have ever met. We usually spoke through messages on FB in later years, and I will miss him .Love to you Paul.
Nora
Friend
April 21, 2020
I, like many others who grew up playing, Resident Evil 2 was inspired and looked up to Paul as a hero. I'm grateful we were able to speak to each other through text, even if it was only for a brief moment. You were such a polite person. I'm still upset that you're gone, but I know you're at peace now. We will forever love you, Paul, rest easy, my friend. ♥
Anthony Montalvo
Friend
April 21, 2020
Paul and I were classmates at the National Theatre School. He was a very dear friend then and remained so for over 30 years. He gave me so much support and guidance when we were in school together. And he was never afraid to ask me for help as well. Most recently I was hospitalized in Toronto after an accident and he was so concerned and attentive, despite the fact that his own health problems were causing him such distress, (which he always downplayed). He was always so loyal and so quick to offer help whenever he could. Gracious, charming and so very sweet. I loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. My deepest sympathies for his family, such a hard loss! Please know that he was cherished and will be remembered with much love.
Debbie Patterson
Friend
April 20, 2020
Paul and I were classmates at the National Theatre School. He was incredibly important to me during our school years, offering support and guidance during a very tumultuous time in my life. We reconnected when he came out to Winnipeg to work many years ago and often communicated by phone or social media. He was incredibly loyal - always right there with an open heart whenever I was down. He was an angel. I loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to his family.
Debbie Patterson
April 20, 2020
Paul was a loving, kind and beautiful person and I am so terribly sad for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
Deb Filler
Coworker
April 20, 2020
There is so much to say about Paul...he was something special! Since a very young age, I admired Paul's voice talents in my favorite video game Resident Evil 2. His character was one of my idols and motivations for later becoming a law enforcement officer. Several years ago, I became friends with Paul and he accepted me right away and was so kind and sweet and such a giving person! He would always ask how my kids were doing or how I was doing and was always so positive and sweet. He also gave me shout-outs during pod casts and interviews as being his 'biggest fan.' I don't think he realized how much he changed my life just being my friend, and I wish I could've had the chance to help him more in the end and be there for him. Thank you Paul, for everything. I will miss you everyday and this tattoo I got will always be a reminder of how important you are in my life and how big of an impact you were and always will be. I love you, my dear friend. Rest well, and see you on the other side... XOXO
Valerie Ziemski
Friend
April 19, 2020
Condolences to Paul's family and friends during this difficult time. He was an inspiration to many of us over the years and will always be remembered for his role as Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 2. May he rest in peace.
Kyle
April 19, 2020
I am so sorry for this devastating loss. I want Pauls family to know that he meant a lot to me on the other side of Canada. We met during our time at The National Theatre School and upon my graduation, Paul was an incredible support and voice of sanity to this gal who felt she didn't know what the heck she was doing. Over the years he continued to be that voice. He was part me HAVING a career in theatre. I send love and laughter and light to family and friends across this country. We mourn and celebrate Pauls light together. xoxoxoxoxo
Valerie Planche
Friend
April 19, 2020
I am so shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Paul. I went to Harrisn Road Public School with Paul many many years ago. Of course through Facebook we connected again. I am so very sorry to hear about this great loss!
Cindy Linder
Friend
April 19, 2020
I was shocked and saddened on Friday to hear about the sudden death of my long time close friend actor Paul Haddad! Paul and I met auditioning for American Academy of Dramatic Arts school when they were in Toronto one spring. Paul attended their summer program that year. Paul knew he had found his calling. Paul & I had many fun experiences together exploring Montreal while he attended school there. Paul graduated from National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to have a great career before his 1st battle with throat cancer which decimated his life and career. We had a close friendship for many years until I moved to Vancouver. We reconnected 1 year ago after the death of my daughter Katie Evans. Paul I will miss you very, very much! Sending much love and peace to all your family and friends and Big Giant Hugs for all eternity to you dear, sweet Paul!
Nancy (Tyndall)
Friend
April 19, 2020
I was shocked and saddened on Friday to hear about the sudden death of my long time close friend actor Paul Haddad! Paul and I met auditioning for American Academy of Dramatic Arts school when they were in Toronto one spring. Paul attended their summer program that year. Paul knew he had found his calling. Paul graduated from National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to have a great career before his 1st battle with throat cancer which decimated his life and career. We had a close friendship for many years until I moved to Vancouver. We reconnected 1 year ago after the death of my daughter Katie Evans. Paul I will miss you very much! Sending much love and peace to all your family and friends and Big Giant Hugs for all eternity to you dear Paul!
NANCY EVANS
Friend
April 19, 2020
Dear Paul, it was my great good fortune to meet you at the National Theatre School where I taught scene study to you and your fellow classmates. You were warm, funny and very kind. You are also very gifted. We will miss you on the stage of life. Sleep in peace dear man.
Patricia Phillips
Friend
April 18, 2020
Paul has left quite a legacy among his fans for his acting and voiceover work... My condolences, he will be greatly missed.
Lunar Studios
April 18, 2020
I am so Sorry for your loss Matt. My heart goes out to you and your whole family.
Billy
April 18, 2020
I spoke with Paul a few months ago and he was as lovely and funny as ever. We remembered some great times in school together - especially playing Tom & Viv together. I'll never forget you dear Paul.
Melissa Mullen
Classmate
April 18, 2020
Paul was a unique individual. In rehearsals for Playboy of the Western World he would slay me with his choices...often his choices were allowing people to appreciate the moment. Jazz musicians talk about the pocket. Paul had that. An uncanny ability to express and connect at a time of intensity with what on the surface was an ability to pause, take on the atmosphere and then transform it with acting but perhaps more profoundly the audience and actors would be with him and enjoying the sense. I am emotional about his death. He is built into my memories.
Bruce Fox
Friend
April 18, 2020
I went to National Theatre School with Paul. He faced challenges with wit and humour. It is a sad loss. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Steve Weller
Friend
April 18, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy to Paul's family.
Renate Szilagyi
Friend
April 18, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Pauls passing. Ive known him since we both moved into Saint Nicholas way back in 1986. I loved his quick wit and sense of humour. We had a lot of laughs together and he will be missed.
Gay O'Leary
Friend
April 18, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Pauls passing. Ive known him since we both moved into Saint Nicholas way back in 1986. I loved his quick wit and sense of humour. We had a lot of laughs together and he will be missed.
Gay O'Leary
Friend
April 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. He was my neighbour in the St Nicholas Housing Co-op for a number of years. He was a kind intelligent person who I will remember fondly. My condolences to the family.
Tom Clement
Neighbor
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