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JONES, Paul William

November 15, 1958 – Toronto, Ontario
August 27, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Paul, of Calgary, Alberta passed away on August 27, 2014 at the age of 55 years in the presence of his wife and soul mate, Kerry.

Paul had a strong faith which helped him through a difficult journey at the end of his life. He often expressed his joy and gratefulness for the happiness that he felt in his life. He was the most happy with the simple things. He loved to golf, ski, and garden and of course, watching sports on TV. He found peace being one with nature and through his meditative practice. He treasured his children and family each day and was plentiful in his expressions of love. Paul will be remembered for his love of life, family, fierce spirit and outstanding determination.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Kerry Balshaw, his daughter Meghan (John), grandson Nolan, his son Brendan, stepchildren Julian, Morgan, and Althea, and his brothers Hugh (Maggie) and Edmund. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.) on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, a place where Paul loved to walk. www.botanicalgardensofsilversprings.ca/donationform.htm.

In living memory of Paul Jones, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I worked with Paul for several years when he was with Jones, Gable & Company Limited, and will remember him as an intelligent, high energy, and good hearted person who was most often found with a smile on his face and a laugh in his voice.

    My sincere condolences to Paul’s family.

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  2. Mary and Tom MacDonald :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul and his family during this very sad time.

    Tom and Mary MacDonald

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  3. He will always be my Uncle Paul. I will always remember him fondly. He was always positive and enthusiastic to see me… Squishing me in a great big bear hug. I feel lucky to have gotten to know him better over these last few years. My heart aches for my cousins, my dad, his wife and step children and all the others who will miss him.
    You are all in my thoughts and I send you all my love.

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  4. Laurie Hashizume :

    My thoughts are with all of you as you deal with this tremendous loss. What a lovely tribute to a man whose life appears to have been so rich.

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  5. geoffrey stinson :

    This is truly a shock. The memories of Paul and his brothers and the Stinson boys have flooded in the past 24 hours. Memories of life at OLPH and all the fun we had on weekends and, of course, as Altar Boys……………Paul had a great joy of life even at an early age. He loved to have fun and his smile was his calling card. I will miss you Paul…………

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  6. Kerry and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and best wishes go out to you in this hard time. Lynn

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  7. Paul was my best trader and we had a special relationship. My sincere condolences.

    Richard J. Cole

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  8. Barbara Engelbert :

    Sending our sympathies to all of your family members for the loss of your brother, husband, and father Paul.
    I have many fond memories of Paul as a young man when he lived with us in Nakusp, BC. He worked in the Sandon Mine during this time. In his time off, he enjoyed wandering the Columbia Valley to fish, hike, and enjoy the beauty of living in the mountains.
    With sincere condolences,
    Barbara and Paul Rice and family

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  9. Iain MacNeill :

    So very sorry to hear the news.

    Iain
    Waterloo, On.

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  10. Maggie and Hugh Jones :

    Dear family and friends,
    We send all of our love and hugs out to you all, as we each personally say goodbye to an amazing man. Paul taught us how to be courageous and how not to give up as he battled life’s challenges. In particular, we are so grateful to Paul for his love, determination and strength which blessed us with the last three great years of life with him. Love him always.
    Maggie and Hugh

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  11. Caroline fischer :

    I had not seen Paul for many years but what an engaging guy with a beaming smile. I think I still have a bruise on my right hip when he twirled me around on the dance floor so fast at Dawne’s wedding, I spun right to the floor. We’ll miss you and your good spirit. Condolences to all who loved him. Caroline

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  12. Trish Langmuir Taylor :

    Paul was such a jolly fellow. He always seemed to have a big smile on his handsome face. It’s really hard to believe he’s gone up already. I just know all his family members and dear friends are going to miss him very much.

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  13. Paul was my friend and I will miss him and his infectious smile. I really enjoyed all those good times with him out on Golden Lake. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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  14. Madeleine Alaouze :

    Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Paul, knowing his two wonderful and beautiful children I know he must have been an extraordinary person. Much love and prayers to the family. Xoxo

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  15. Arlene & Bud Cuthbert :

    We only met Paul once but we could tell how happy he made Kerry.
    It is with sadness that we heard of his passing.
    Love and hugs to Kerry and family

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  16. Bonnie and Eugene Hetherington :

    We send our deepest sympathy to you all as you grieve the loss of a special man. A little verse that has helped us in the past is this: ” Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal”. We hope your memories will bring you consolation as you learn to live without Paul. You continue to be in our prayers, Bonnie and Eugene

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  17. Brigitte and Fritz Voll :

    Dear Kerry,
    We remember you well from our time together at Foothills UC. Though we did not know Paul, we prayed for him and believe that he was and still is in good hands, free from pain — at last. In Scripture, our God is called the “God of all comfort.” May you sense His special presence during this time of bereavement, and may it draw you and all of us closer to this God.

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  18. Paul was a man with a big smile and an even bigger laugh.
    My heart goes out to Meg and Bren and the rest of his family during this difficult time.

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  19. Arnie and Mary Gibson :

    Kerry please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband, Paul. To lose a loved one is never easy but our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  20. Cynthia M cRae :

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Paul. Thinking about you all. In our prayers!

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  21. Thomas O'Donnell :

    Paul is my cousin.. always.. and my sister Ellen’s too
    That rascal with the beaming wide smile was adventurous, reckless, generous, gifted, athletic, handsome, curious, hilarious, courageous, fortunate, musical, insightful.. warm..

    He was a tiny swaddled infant, then Paul William Jones, then ‘Babe’ or the babe, then Paulibus, then ‘Jonesy’ .. football, hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, big mountain skiing.. for all I know he was a water skier too.

    Some think Paul had a hard life.. which I dispute. I think he gave life some wicked shots to the chops.. a wicked hard wild wondrous ride, full tilt boogie, living large, went big.. Regrets, of course, but he had no reverse gear.. he went forward.. fast.

    He was blessed with astounding brothers and mother.. aunts uncle grandparents, cousins both distant and near.. maybe even some unknown!

    And the children ! Meghan and Brendan.. and Kerry and her children ! And the nieces and nephews.. the friends, neighbors, associates..

    Whew ! The dude left his footprints across Canada, lived large, spread cheer & bonhommie in that unique big hearted, way big hugs Jonesy way..

    A life well lived ? I’ll say .. and I only saw a little but precious part of the kid that grew up, the father, the friend, brother, the adventurer who drove pickup trucks, worked the mines, was a stockbroker, a midnight toker, a man of very loud excellent tunes and big speakers, a great skater, demon at the BBQ or replacing a carburator, adept at rolling to the bucket.. he wanted the ball. Could he putt? I dunno.. but the man loved to golf & probably swung hard..

    Love ya Paul.. and I miss you bro ..
    Got my own indelible piece of you parked deep inside me

    Your Cuzin Tom

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  22. I cannot believe that Paul has gone. It is as if something has been torn from my heart. A loss so great, it will stay with me forever. 

    It seems like yesterday that we were all together. We were a circle that could not be broken; we were invincible, we were shining stars, and we were united by love. I am certain we will never forget our times together, and we will always cherish those memories.
    Jonesy was the brightest star among us; his smile, his laughter, his energy, his loyalty and his love joined us all together. As a group we were a force to be reckoned with. I am certain that as we see our group’s condolences, each will share wonderful memories of Jonesy. One of my best memories of Jonesy, is when he and John Goard came to stay with Mammy and I in California. He stayed for three months, and soon we were joined by Kathy, Fraser, and Keith. I know that Jonesy was Mammy’s favorite, and he never failed to show his gratitude. It was a magical time.

    The loss of Paul will leave a hole in my heart, but it will be filled with memories that I’ll never forget. 
    My heart goes out to his family, as I know it is a great loss to them.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Maggie 

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  23. My deepest sympathies to those closest to Paul. In the short time I knew him he was such a treasure with his quick smile and genuine caring heart. His calm presence in my life a year ago when he worked on my house was a blessing I wasn’t expecting and for which I will always be grateful. He was a good man and will be missed greatly.

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  24. Keith O'Donnell :

    Paulie was a great friend. His passing has changed my life forever.
    I can’t speak of how heartbroken Kerry, the kids and all of his family must be.
    I feel privileged to have been amongst the merry band which travelled the treacherous path of adolescence together. We all loved each other with the kind of exuberance that is only recognized and appreciated with the passage of time.
    Paulie, along with several other band members, including; Gus, Nick, Fras, BG and JT started a twice-yearly golf/ music weekend about 15 years ago. These get-togethers were effortless and the flavour of our relationship remained steadfast.
    And now Paulie’s gone.

    Kind thoughts to all who knew him.

    OD

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  25. David Hauseman :

    Jonesy was a great friend of mine back in the late 70’s. Although I havent seen him in decades, his laughter and love of life still resonate in my memory of the great times of young adulthood and waning youth. Cheers Paul we shall meet again someday and when we do, watch out.

    Joannie and I send our condolences to all of Pauls friends and family.

    David and Joannie Hauseman
    Kitchener On

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  26. Deeply sorry that my youngest cousin Paul has passed away and send condolences to Kerry, and to Paul’s children. Paul was a gorgeous, sweet baby with a great laugh, always valiantly trying to keep up with older cousins and brothers in our many adventures as children growing up together. It was wonderful to visit with him in Calgary a few years ago and see the peace and happiness he was enjoying in his life. Condolences to all who knew and loved him,
    Ellen (O’Donnell) and Don Walters

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