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CURWOOD, Richard 'Paul'
November 15, 1945 – May 22, 2018
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved brother and uncle Richard Paul Curwood. This special and incredible man left this world on May 22, 2018. Paul is survived by his loving sister, Patricia Miscampbell (George Watson), brother Kenneth Curwood, his loving nieces Allyson Miscampbell (Scott Morgan) , Tracy Curwood (Craig Thomb) and Jennifer Curwood; his grand-nephew Gryffin Morgan and grandniece Rowyn Morgan. He leaves his sister-in-law Linda Curwood. Paul was predeceased by his parents James Edward Curwood and Elizabeth Banting Curwood, youngest brother Douglas Curwood, and much loved sister in law Veronica Curwood.
Born in November 1945 in Toronto, Paul attended the Beverley Street School before moving to Stratford Ontario with his father and brother Douglas. He had a robust awareness of the world and current events and a wonderfully full life in Stratford. He was a Special Olympian, successfully competing across Canada in swimming, bowling, floor hockey and baseball. Paul enjoyed cycling and loved all music. He owned hundreds of record albums and CD’s, with a particular passion being country music. He enjoyed an occasional beer with favourite meals of fish and chips or sauerkraut and sausage. He relished debating anyone on most subjects. He had a wicked sense of humour and enjoyed teasing his family and friends. Paul was quite the charmer with the ladies and seldom without a girlfriend (or two). He was a movie lover, soap opera devotee, ball cap collector and lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. He loved Tim Hortons coffee, all animals and chocolate in any form!
Paul was employed briefly in sheltered workshops in Toronto and Stratford, before becoming a valued employee at Fischer Bearings (FAG), Stratford Ontario, taking early retirement as a fork lift driver after more than 20 years. Recently Paul was living at Participation Lodge, Holland Centre following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The family thanks all his caregivers, staff and other residents at the Lodge who welcomed him and ensured his life continued to be one of meaning and value. They were generous in providing such comforting care through his final chapter, guaranteeing Paul’s remaining time was one of dignity surrounded by his Participation Lodge family. During this difficult period the Lodge staff embraced his family with thoughtful compassion. The family also thanks Dr. Jonathan Thomas of Lions Head for his considerate care. Paul was a very special man who touched the lives of all those who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home Chatsworth, Ontario. Cremation has taken place. If desired, donations to Participation Lodge would be appreciated by the family. Paul will be interred in the family plot in St. Johns Norway Cemetery, Toronto at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.garafraxahillfuneral.com
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