Family and friends gathered at the West Fraser Timber Room January 26th to celebrate the life of Paul Joseph Turgeon, who passed away suddenly at his home on January 21st 2008.
Paul was born December 30th, 1952, the third child of Louis and Laura Turgeon, homestead farmers of Mildred, Saskatchewan. He first ventured into BC’s interior as a teenager, finding winter work in BC’s forest industry, and returning in the spring to help out on the family farm.
He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and lived in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan for 5 years before moving to Quesnel with their two sons in October of 1986. After many years of operating equipment in the bush, Paul found his niche as a first-aide attendant at Cariboo Pulp and Paper.
There he further developed his ‘people skills’ which, along with his quick wit and winning smile, made him a friend to all he met. An avid sportsman, Paul was quick to be a part of the camaraderie around hockey drafts and Keno draws. Two of his sporting passions included curling and golfing. The family enjoyed many hours on the local links together. He played to win, but was equally gracious in defeat because ‘playing the game’ was what really counted. Paul and Kim also enjoyed coaching Special Olympics Curling at the local rink.
Paul is survived by his wife, Kim; his sons, Matt and Mason (Jodi); siblings Jeanne (Harvey) Hamm, Ron (Kat) Turgeon, Lyle (Bev) Turgeon; and Nadine Turgeon (Mark). His in-laws include: Shane (Brenda) Hansvall; Tex (Carol) Hansvall; Heidi (Kerry) Yuzik; Mother and Father-in-law, Clary and Joyce Hansvall. Paul will also be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kim, Matt, and Mason are grateful for the support and kindness given by the family and by friends within the community. A special ‘thank you’ to: Cariboo Pulp and Paper, Quesnel Community Living Association, and the Quesnel School District.