Arthur Theodore (Ted) Paul
May 11, 1924 to Jan. 10, 2009
Ted passed away peacefully on January 10th at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital, with his wife of 63 years, Rosina Gladys (Ward) at his side.
He is also survived by his children and grandchildren: Doreen (Rick) Van Rhijn (Houston), Lynn (Don) Hitchen, and Madison (Vancouver), Ted (Riley), Ryan and Jessica (Ashcroft), Stephen (Jamie Morris) (Red Deer, AB) and Nial (Erin) and Donovan (Chilliwack); Patricia (Dominic) Bozman (Campbell River), Michael (Sarah) (Victoria), Andrea (currently attending university in Bodo, Norway), and Megan (& fiancé Curtis Staniforth) (Victoria); David (Haleh), Melissa (attending university in Manchester, England and Amy Duckworth, and very special grandson Aaron (Trinidad). He is also survived by his older brother Carl (Marie) Paul, a cousin Esther (Elwin) Condie, sisters-in-law, Gwen Paul, Ms Joyce Ward and Vera Ward. He has 19 nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by sisters Agnes, Edna, Thelma, Anna and brother Andy, all brothers-in-law as well as two nieces, a nephew, a great-niece and a great-nephew.
Ted was a special present to his mother Hilma, as he was born on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1924. The birth took place at the family farm in Squam Bay, BC. He loved the farm; the fruit trees, the milking and even the haying remained fond memories throughout his life.
The family moved to Vancouver after selling the farm in 1942. Ted finished school at John Oliver High and then volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and went on to train in Edmonton, AB before heading to England.
While continuing his navigation training at Little Horwood Air Force base in Buckinghamshire, Ted met Rosina Ward. They were married in London on 18 August 1945. After receiving his university degree in 1951, Ted began work as a social worker. In 1959, he began his teaching career in Invermere, BC. In 1960 he moved to Smithers, where he taught for many years, with three years spent in Houston. His first love of teaching was French, but he managed to teach a range of subjects from Geography to music in the lower grades. After his retirement in the early 1980’s, Ted dedicated his time to family, reading, and gardening.
Ted spent the last two and a half years at Bulkley Lodge in Smithers. It was a delight to see his face light up every time Rosina came to visit. During his final days at Bulkley Valley District Hospital, he couldn’t stop smiling when Rosina came to visit.
We would like to thank the staff at Bulkley Lodge for their great care of him over the last years, Dr Haskins for looking after him, the staff at Bulkley Valley District Hospital for the care they gave him during his last short stay there and for their compassion towards mum when he passed away. Thanks also to R A Schrader Funeral Home for the help given while we prepared for the funeral, Reverend Moser, Marie Kayln and St James Anglican Church. As always, thanks for the kind, compassionate and loving care given to us by friends, both old and new. It is really helping us to cope during this time.