Paul William Burgess
1949 – 2010
Blowing a kiss, little Monroe said good-bye to her beloved ‘Gwampy’ on Oct. 21st, shortly before he peacefully passed away from cancer.
Paul was born in Grace Hospital and raised in North Vancouver. While attending UBC, he met and fell in love with his bride of 36 years, Carolyn (Hatch). Together, they raised Ryan (Lisa) and Suzanne (Graham Robins, Monroe) and Paul showed his devotion to his children through his involvement with Langley Minor Hockey and Langley Ringette. Paul deeply loved his family; walks with Carolyn; cockatiels Kira and Kili; Rossini’s music; Debussy’s ‘Claire De Lune’; Pearl Restaurant in White Rock; golf; black licorice and public television. He owned Black Tusk Forest Products and befriended many in the industry over the 18 years that he ran the company. Paul’s love of music drew him to piano lessons at the age of 60 and he happily played with his ganddaughter snuggled on his lap. Paul was passionate about many things such as equality and democratic rights. He devoted many hours to raising environmental awareness, particularly the Run of the River, as he was concerned about man’s impact on the earth. He longed to see hydrogen-powered cars on the streets of Vancouver. Paul will be missed by father Ralph, sister Lauri (Elizabeth), brother Ken (Heather, Danielle, Connor, Alison) and mother-in-law, Arline. In lieu of flowers, donatons to the Critter Care Wildlife Society,
www.crittercarewildlife.org are gratefully accepted. A Celebration of Life will be held for Paul in late November. Gone too soon,
but we will never forget you.