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December 26, 1926 – September 26, 2011

Major (ret), D.D.S., M.S., F.R.C.D.(C)
Dip A.B.O.M.S., F.I.C.D.

Elmer William Paul passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, September 26, 2011. He led a wonderful and full life packed into his 84 years. A much loved member in the community, he will be missed by many.

Paul was born on 26 December, 1926 in Windsor, Ontario and some of his kindergarten buddies are still his friends to this day. He graduated with a D.D.S. from U of T where he joined the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and made many more friends that endured through his life. He also met his wife and best friend, Nancy Sootheran to whom he was married for 42 years until her death in 1995.

He went on to complete post graduate degrees and residencies in Rochester, NY and Boston before moving out to Calgary to be a pioneer in his chosen specialty, Oral and Maxilla-Facial Surgery. He established a thriving practice and was on the rolls of all the Southern Alberta Hospitals.

Always one to give back to the community, he was heavily involved in the ongoing teaching and education of those in his specialty both as a sessional lecturer at the faculty of dentistry U of A and with the Royal College exam process.

He is Past President of the Calgary and District Dental Society, Charter President of the Alberta Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Past President of the Canadian Society; Charter Fellow, Examiner and Member of Council of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada; Past Representative to the American Council of Oral and Maxillorfacial Surgeons. His honours include Fellowship in the International College of Dentists and Life Fellowships in the Alberta, Canadian and American Professional Societies.

An avid skier and outdoorsman, Paul loved Calgary and the mountains. On one such ski adventure, he tore his achillies tendon and learned to play the clarinet during his recovery, subsequently playing his favorite jazz with a band made up of dental colleagues called the ‘Holy Molars’. He is also one of the few people on earth to ‘get’ cryptic crosswords. After retirement, he traveled extensively and formed a love hate relationship with golf.

A devoted Calgary fan, he was a long standing volunteer to the Calgary Stampede and, for the past 18 years, he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary. An organization he not only enjoyed immensely but was so proud to be part of their good works.

He will be especially missed by his four children and grandson; Lee (Robert Pelzer), Stuart, David, Heather and Leo Luxford, as well as by his older sister Mary Jane Watson and her family and by his dear friend Catherine Evamy and her family.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate Paul’s life at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Gentlemen: Bow Ties appreciated. Cremation has taken place with later interment at the family plot in Lindsay, ON. Condolences may be forwarded through Flowers are gratefully declined but, if so desired, a donation may be made to “The Rotary Club of Calgary (Stay in School Program)”; or a tribute gift to benefit the “Christchurch Endowment Trust”; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family deeply thanks the wonderful staff at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice.

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  1. John Ballem and Jacqueline Alvarado :

    “Uncle Paul” was someone I always admired. His sense of adventure and love of life were readily apparent to all who knew him, and these qualities live on in the hearts of his children. Our deepest condolences to everyone whose life Paul touched. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Bob/Maureen Sumner :

    To The Luxford Family:
    We were sorry to learn about Paul’s passing. We met Paul many years ago through Stampede Volunteering. In fact the last time we chatted with him was when he was on duty in the Volunteers’ Lounge during the 2011 Stampede. He was a true gentleman a nice guy and he will be missed.
    Bob/Maureen Sumner

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  3. Tracy McGinnis (Brown) :

    Paul will be sincerely missed by the Brown family. Our condolences go out to the Luxford children.
    Tom, Kim & Tracy

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  4. Dear Family of Paul and Catherine,
    I share your loss of a true prince and gentleman. Paul was such fun to be with and I loved his sharp mind. His lifetime of amazing accomplishments and his generosity of spirit will be treasured always.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.
    May God grant you strength at this difficult time, and may you soon be able to enjoy all the memories Paul left behind for you.
    Marion Rogers

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  5. Dr. Vincelli's staff :

    All of us wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. We will miss Dr. Luxford’s visits to the office and seeing him at the Christmas party, always in his trade mark bow tie. Dr. Luxford was an example to all of us in “living life to the fullest”. Please know we are thinking of you.
    Dr. Vincelli’s staff

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  6. Carl St. Laurent :

    I offer my sincere condolences and my prayers to all who loved Paul and those he loved. His smiling likeness will be a cherished memory for me.

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  7. I was saddened, this morning, to read of Paul’s death. I am so sorry. Although I was graduated one year ahead of Paul, we had both been members of the Cabinet of the Students’ Parliament. He, if I recall, was our Treasurer. I have been the recipient of many of Paul’s interesting and entertaining e-mails. Paul was a major contributor to our profession, particularly the speciality of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He will be missed.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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  8. Gordon Hardwick :

    It was a hammer blow to hear of Uncle Paul’s death. Of course he wasn’t a biological uncle, more the husband of my first cousin once removed – Aunt Nance – but that was how I called him and thought of him. Why? Well they were both so kind and warm, and funny and entertaining, and fond of each other.

    For example on one September afternoon in 1970 I had bussed in to Calgary from Vancouver on my way back to England. Uncle Paul greeted me very warmly. Aunt Nance was due in by plane from Victoria so he was about to barbecue some extremely special steaks for us. He had just put them on when the phone rang. It was Air Canada. Things were uncertain but there was a bomb alert and the flight was delayed indefinitely. He was distraught with worry, and was phoning round for news. On the outside barbecue the steaks were cooking nicely, however the temperature was plummeting from the warm afternoon to near zero. Sleet was cooling the steaks and sizzling as it hit the coals! After half an hour or so of torment he received the welcome news that Aunt Nance would be arriving in a couple of hours on another flight, so he could attend to the barbecue again. I knew what to expect but hadn’t wished to disturb his efforts or worry him about something so much less important. So we went out into what was now a snow storm to see three charred black steaming lumps that had once been prime steaks. He was for throwing them away. But I, as a poor British student to whom steak was a huge luxury, wasn’t giving up that easily. I persuded him to give me one. Having removed about half an inch of char, there a quarter inch sliver of delicious, juicy meat inside. I had all three while he laughed his head off. He was so pleased when Aunt Nance arrived safely and joined in the relief and laughter.

    He was so kind. At the age of 19 my teeth were decaying from ignorance and a poor diet. He was appalled, took me down to his surgery, took X rays, saw enough, and took me to his friend Bill Lock, who confirmed that I needed many fillings, plus a different approach to dentistry and oral hygiene. They refused to hear of fees, so generous of them both. A different dentist sorted out my teeth in England but it was Uncle Paul’s intervention that saved them.

    In more recent years I enjoyed his musical choices and tales of the Holy Molars. His RadioDad tapes, latterly CDs, were treasure troves of eclectic, lyrical and frequently hilarious songs and tunes, (clarinet to the fore of course), linked by his insightful and trademark segues. His kids wouldn’t thank me for saying this, but anyone who can get copies from them would love what amounts to a self-portrait of a warm and wonderful man!

    My condolences especially to Lee, Stuart, David and Heather, and to everyone else who was privileged to know him.

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  9. Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue :

    Dear Lee,
    Your parents were two of the handsomest, witty, intellectural people I ever met. I knew Nancy through ‘Bull and Bush’ and Paul becauses of his friendship with my late husband,Graham. Two fine gentlemen. The days they skied together were some of Graham’s happiest and were recounted often in his last year. May your happy memories sustain and support you at this sad time.
    Jacqueline Donoghue

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  10. You have my sincere condolences.

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  11. Scott Donaldson (on behalf of the Donaldson family) :

    Such a great loss – a strong, passionate, giving man that Paul was. Our family cherished Paul’s close friendship through two generations. He will live on in our hearts.

    Sincere Condolences to the entire Luxford family.

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  12. Paul was a fine man and I know I am better for having known him. We hope that you will find peace in the wonderful memories of a grand man.

    With our sympathy,

    Russ and Jill Tynan

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  13. Al Swanson (Swanee) :

    Goodbye my kindergarten classmate. May you rest in peace.


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  14. David Houghton - General Manager, The Ranchmen's Club :

    On behalf of all of the members and staff of the Ranchmen’s Club, we are very sorry to hear of Dr. Luxford’s passing. He will remembered fondly by the staff as a gracious and kind member of the Club, always remembering the staff by their names, telling a story or two whenever he came in, and always with a great smile – a real pleasure to have as a member!

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  15. So sad to hear of the passing of such a warm, enthusiastic wonderful man.

    My first memory of Uncle Paul was in about 1970, arriving at their lovely house in Calgary with my parents and siblings, having camped our way from Vancouver. We were told Aunt Nancy and Uncle Paul were sick, and hence were in bed — but when we were invited into their room, there were 2 of the handsomest, most energic people I have met propped up on the pillows, their tans from Mexico still radiant. It was hard to believe they were sick. I believe the 6 of us stayed with them as we visited the Stampede….an undertaking they did with ease.

    Our thoughts are with you. Love to Lee, Stuart, Heather, David and Leo from Karen Flavelle

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  16. Charles Flavelle :

    My clever, accomplished, first cousin Nancy, married this clever, accomplished man, Paul who went on both in both a professional and entrepreneurial fashion to pioneer his chosen speciality of Oral and Maxilla-facial surgery.

    Both Paul and Nancy tended to dominate each of their worlds; Paul in his and Nancy whose involvement was in matters dealing with civic affairs where she could be a determined battler for her causes. Paul was always so supportive of her causes.

    A highlight of our times together was the canoe trip down the Pack, the Parsnip and the Peace Rivers before the damn was built. Two weeks of paddling and more importantly sing songs around the camp fire at night.

    Paul’s children and we will miss him and his frivolity and his seriousness.

    Charles and Lucile

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  17. Bill & Rosalyn Schmidt :

    To the family of Paul Luxford,
    Unfortunately, we were away at the time of Paul’s funeral service. Paul was in our bridge group and enjoyed the game immensely. He played the game with great skill which is reminiscent of how he lived his life. We extend our sincere condolences to you his family at this difficult time. May all those pleasant memories of Paul be with you as you recall those precious times together.

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  18. Dr. Roger Galbraith :

    To the Family of Dr. E.W. Paul Luxford,
    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on behalf of the Calgary Zone Medical Adminsitrative Committee, on the passing of your father Dr. Paul Luxford. ZMAC members include representatives of the Medical Staff Association along with Medical Directors, Clinical Department Heads and the Zone Medical Director.

    Your father’s career in Oral and Maxilla-Facial Surgery was recalled at our recent meeting in October. Your father’s work came at a time of great change in the care provided and his work through his career benefitted his patients, their families and his colleagues. Once again please accept our sincere condolences.

    Roger Galbraith MDCM, FRCPC
    Chair, Zone Medical Administrative Committee
    Calgary Zone, AHS

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  19. stuart wallace luxford :

    How lovely – and lovingly – all your timely and happy messages are posted for us to read. You have all expanded our knowledge of yourselves outside our inner core and yah, wasn’t he a great guy? Mom too, I loved them both. Stuart

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  20. Pauline Reid :

    Andy(deceased) and I knew Paul in high school, in Toronto and in Calgary and were great friends. He was a wonderful man and we loved him. Pauline Reid.

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