After a short illness, Paul passed away peacefully at Brandt Creek Mews in Kelowna, BC at the age of 83.
Paul was born in Piszczac, Poland on March 17, 1928. At the age of 12, Paul immigrated to Canada with his family and settled in the Ardmore, Alberta area. At 16 he left the homestead for the Yukon where he worked in mining. Paul would eventually decide logging would be his career choice and settled in Prince George. In 1958, Paul married Hilda Rippel. They raised five children in Prince George until 1973, when they moved the family to Houston. Paul’s last move came in 1984 when he and Hilda retired to Kelowna. Paul was an honest, generous and compassionate husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by us all.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, John and Nancy, daughter Darcey, and brothers Pete and John Himech.
Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hilda, his children: Brenda Marko of Houston, B.C., Leonard (Jill) Hemich of Vernon, B.C., Rosann (Brian) Pedersen of Houston, B.C., Dennis (Debie Hamilton) Hemich of Prince George, B.C., his grandchildren: Lindsey Pedersen (J.R. MacInnes), Kyle Marko, Taylor Pedersen, Bryce Hemich, and Dakota Fox. He is also survived by his sisters, Stella Marcotte and Lena Himech of Bonnyville, Alberta, brother Steve (Donna) Himech of Houston B.C., sister-in-law Myrna Himech of Houston, B.C., sister-in-law Mildred Himech of Ardmore, Alberta as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and special friends.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. McCloskey, the staff at Brandt Creek Mews and Kelowna General Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of B.C., Suite 600 – 890 W. Pender St., Vancouver B.C. V6C 1J9 or the Alzheimer Society of B.C. 300-828 W. 8th Ave Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2.