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JOHNSON – Paul

September 13, 1977 – May 31, 2010

At the age of 32, Paul passed away suddenly at home as the result of a medical condition which, over the past few years, he had faced with strength, dignity, some frustration and his trademark sense of humour.
Born in Calgary one minute before his twin brother Christopher, Paul loved fine scotch whiskey, a good cigar and a room full of people to laugh with. His humorous way of looking at the world brought so many smiles to anyone who knew him. His favourite escape was to the Banff Hot Springs with a group of friends or biking down a mountain trail. He loved his family, valued his friendships, cherished his Nissan 300ZX and cared for numerous pets over the years. Most recently, he shared his home with his beloved black lab, Ducati – named after a fine Italian motorcycle because Paul joked that she was sleek, fast and out of control.
Paul’s legacy is his service to others. He volunteered thousands of hours providing first aid as a Cadet and Brigade member in St. John Ambulance, then by coaching winning first aid competition teams. He was blessed with a strong moral compass that never wavered – always doing what was right, always helping anyone in need. Eventually, Paul became an EMR/Firefighter and went on to graduate as an EMT. He spent countless hours at motocross races, concerts, community events and sporting venues – making sure that injured participants were cared for at the highest standards possible and with the kindest compassion.
Paul was also an IT whiz with a natural aptitude for electronics. As a child, any small appliance was in danger of being stripped down and rebuilt into something robotic. In his adult years, this aptitude provided Paul a successful career in information technology. Many of us leaned on Paul for his trusted advice, caring nature and fun-loving personality. The devastation we feel over his loss is because he loved and was loved by so many. Paul’s gentle, generous spirit touched so many lives, from strangers to family, leaving a lasting memory.
Paul is survived by his mother Nancy Argyle, father Neville Johnson (Ruth Anne), twin brother Chris, sister-in-law Aimee, sister Sarah Hubert, brother-in-law Chad, grandmother Kathleen Bishop, his adoring nephew & niece, Richard and Denise, Skipton Jelskey, son of Ruth Anne, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and a large second family of wonderful, caring friends and colleagues.
Paul was predeceased by his grandfathers William Argyle and Albert Bishop, his grandparents Robert and Constance Johnson

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at St. John Ambulance (3rd Floor, 2905 – 12 Street N.E.) on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers and in celebration of Paul’s life, please consider a donation to the Diakonos Retreat Society 403-201-9945

In living memory of Paul Johnson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Kate Argyle :

    Our sincerest condolences. Neville, Pauls Grandpas name is Wilbur, not William. May Polywog RIP

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  2. April Borne and Harold Krenz :

    Neville CJ and Family-We were saddened by the loss of Paul- Our Prayers and thoughts are with you, and may heaven be filled with fine scotch and cigars.
    Godspeed
    April and Harold

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  3. Deborah Cook :

    Neville
    We were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your son Paul. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

    Take care
    Debbie and Gary Cook

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  4. Richard & Sheron Staigh :

    Although we did not know Paul we want you to know we are thinking of you. It is difficult to find the words to express our sympathy to the family. Cherish the memories. He will always be close to your heart.
    We send our condolences.

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  5. CPO2 Dawn M Forsyth :

    Neville on behalf of the naval community at HMCS TECUMSEH we send our prayers and condolences on your loss of your son. Although there are no words to express our sorrow please remember that you have an extended family to lean on.

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  6. Alex Chisholm :

    My deepest sympathy to Pauls’ family and friends. Paul coached my son in St Johns, and his dedication, humour and inspiration will always influence my son. Paul was a role model, and I am grateful for his influence on my son. I was glad he looked up to Paul, as I would be proud if my son displayed some of the wonderful qualities Paul was known for. He was truly a special person.
    Thank you for sharing Paul with us. He made the world a better place, in so many different ways.

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  7. Dirk Chisholm :

    My deepest condolences to Pauls family, and friends. I had the honour of having Paul as a mentor and role model through St John. Pauls’ incredible sense of humour to could lighten up any situation. I admired how dedicated he was to coaching us, for three competitions. Pauls’ teaching will always stay with me, and will live on. I thank him for all his hours of dedication, helping us become better at helping others. Paul was a truly wonderful person, and all he has taught will continue to live on, and be taught to others. Paul will be missed by all that knew him, including myself. I am deeply saddened by his enormous loss.

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  8. Greg and Cathy Reinhart :

    Neville and Ruth Anne we are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you all in your time of sorrow. Thinking of you. Cathy and Greg

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