Donald Arthur Paul of Fruitvale, BC, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook, BC at 89 years of age. Don is survived by his loving wife Marion, who recently moved to Cranbrook from Fruitvale; his daughter Lynn (Sam) Hughes, and grandson Jason all of Cranbrook; daughter Debbie (Len) Curle of Calgary; granddaughters Rachel Curle of Calgary and Sarah (Kelly) Andrews of High River; great grandchildren Amethyst and Lukas of High River. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Bill Richardson of Rossland and many nieces and nephews, including his special niece Sharon Bartlett (Jim Morris) of Cowichan Bay, BC. Don was predeceased by his parents Herbert and Janey Paul, and brothers Gerald and Cyril and their wives.
Born September 10, 1925 in Beatty, Saskatchewan, Don was raised and worked on the family farm with his team of horses Nell and Bell until moving to Trail, BC in 1946. He worked at Cominco for a short time and then started his career as a salesman with Vance Brothers/Kelly Douglas. He met the love of his life, Marion, the next year and they were married in Rossland in 1948. After living in Trail for fourteen years, they moved to an acreage in Fruitvale where Don could have the horses he loved once again. Don ended his working years as a driver for Co-op Petroleum.
Over the years, Don enjoyed many interests and activities. He was both a caller and instructor for the Silver City Square Dancers; he helped establish the Trail Horsemen’s Society and Rodeo and was a rodeo announcer and team roper on weekends for many years. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Trail, and started his amateur hockey career with them, which continued late into his seventies with his friends on the Beaver Valley Oldtimers. In retirement, he and Marion enjoyed travelling, camping and fishing in their RV. They also curled and golfed, a pastime which Don enjoyed right up until 88 years of age. He was a founding member of the Champion Lakes Golf Club in Fruitvale.
Recently, Don and Marion relocated to Cranbrook to be closer to family. Unfortunately, this was short-lived for Don and he passed away suddenly after enjoying a day in the sunshine and watching the Blue Jays play ball. There will be no service by request, please honour Dad by remembering the special times that you shared with him. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or: The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 200, 4940 – Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 4K6 or the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9.