Paul Alvin Blais 1923 – 2010
Born in Revelstoke, B.C. January 20,1923. Paul passed away quietly in West Kelowna on March 19, 2010 at the age of 87. Paul lived and worked in Malakwa and Revelstoke before going overseas to war. Paul was proud to serve his country in W.W. II as a soldier in the P.P.C.L.I. regiment in Italy fighting in Ortona and on the Gustave and Hitler lines. He met the love of his life and wife June Gerow before he was sent overseas and married upon his return on March 19, 1947. Together they proudly created a family filled with love and faith and four busy children. Paul was proud of his family and will always be remembered as a family man who involved himself with his children’s activities. Paul loved the outdoors and fly fishing wasn’t a passion with Paul it was an obsession. He also enjoyed golf, curling, and a competitive card game. Paul was also well known in the transport industry, driving the big trucks for many years before moving into the office as a dispatcher/foreman to end his working days. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his sons Gordon (Margaret) of Penticton, Adrian (Deborah) of Kimberley, Eric (Dore) of Kelowna, daughter Shelley of Cabo San Lucas. He also leaves his sister Verna Goertz of Penticton as well as eleven grandchildren, Tracy-Lynn Blais (Rob), Tonia-Leigh Blais ( Trevor), Shawn Blais ( Tammy), Carrie-Ann Blais, Jimmy Blais, Chelayne Evans ( Nathan), Luke Rosner (Sandra), Matthew Blais, Haley Blais, Derek Stoughton, and Scott Stoughton. Paul was also a great grandfather to eight, Rylee Blais-Roy, Dieter Blais-Broemer, Dawson Blais, Jaeden and Penelope Rosner, Sofia Wadena Evans, Cody and Brittni Waugh. He is also survived by his cousins Anita Frater and Eileen (Don) Campbell as well as his sister-in law Betty Percival and nephew Mark (Cheri) Percival and great nieces Aspen and Alexis Percival of Kelowna and many friends. Paul was predeceased by his wife, Wadena June, and his parents Florence and Ervey Blais and his nephew David Percival.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 27, at the Everden Rust Funeral Home on Windsor Road, Kelowna, B.C.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Dementia Action Network and or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com.