To Sandra and the Parkes Family,
We are saddened by your loss and our deepest sympathy to you. Sandra we treasured the time Paul and you were in our Care Group. Paul taught us so much about the Bible and Prophecy. Now he is rejoicing with His Lord and Saviour. No more pain and suffering. We will treasure having known him.
Love John and Louise Wiersma
Paul had a wonderful deep laugh (hah,hah). As a tenager he took me camping and cottage in Temiskaming and Lake Superior and taught me to fish, canoe,flip a canoe, water ski. He took us along to drive in movies with his sweetheart ,my sister. He supplied me with socks and shoes from boxes from Eaton's. He gave me my first job at Eaton's as a backroom packing and delivery boy to selling small rugs to a commissioned salesman in heating and air conditioning. He taught me how to sell to become the highest producing sales person on the floor after the manager. I worked every Thursday and Friday night and all day Saturdays for 4.5 years at Eaton's Queen Street store all through my university years to become a dentist. Then I would work full time in the summers. With commissions I was making an hourly wage equal to union jobs at the time. I stayed at his home one summer gratis to save money. Paul allowed me to pay my way through University of Toronto and buy a car and have enough money for three months rent when I moved to Kitchener which he helped furnish through his Eaton's discount. He taught me about refrigerators and appliances , changing a tire and theology. He frightened me to death with his end of the world scenarios and as a kid I thought I would never make it to be a dentist before the Lord would come. I am now 68 and retired for 18 years but the last time I saw him at Christmas he still slipped me three discs on end time predictions. In heaven now I am sure he has his horse and sword and telling Gabriel let's get this show on the road. Paul you made me who I am.
On hearing the news of Paul's passing, it makes me sad to realize I am the last standing or sitting Parkes left. When we were children George, Bill and I used to spend Easter at our grandparents in Dunnville. Along with my brothers, we were all seated at the children's table with Paul and Martha and would hear about Paul's latest "accidents". It was nice to meet Paul's family for the first time at Aunt Helen and Uncle Rob's 50th anniversary. We should reflect on the happy times we spent together at celebrations. Thinking of you all and hope you will continue to be in touch.
Pat (Parkes) Lefler
Very sad to hear about Paul...I was fortunate to have lunch a while back with him, Cathy, his cousin Pat ( myAunt) my siblings Ray and Rebecca....It was a delightful visit. Now Aunt Pat is the last of that generation... Fond memories of Uncle Rob and Aunt Helen...they were at our wedding... sending healing thoughts to all the family.. How lovely he is reunited with Rob, Helen and Martha ❤️ Pam Parkes- Hagen
I knew Uncle Rob and Aunt Helen but met Paul just one time.
I remember thinking how much Paul had the same mannerisms and way of talking as his cousin - my Dad (George), and that made an instant connection for me.
I also see from the obituary that Paul and I shared a birthday (August 3), of which I was previously unaware.
Sincere condolences to the entire family, and may he rest in Peace.
George Ernest (Ernie) Parkes