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PAUL STEPHEN (published on November 07, 2007)



PAUL STEPHEN 1946 - 2007 At Deer Lodge Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, November 4, 2007, Alexander Paul Stephen passed away with family members at his side. He was 61 years of age. Born in Kenora, Ontario, on September 8, 1946, Paul grew up in Pilot Mound, Killarney and Carman, Manitoba. He graduated from Midland Collegiate, Carman, in 1964, from United College (BSc) in 1967 and from the University of Manitoba (MSc) in 1971. Thereafter he worked at the University in the Food Science Department, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, until 1995. In his early twenties Paul was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; this, in conjunction with a number of other conditions, had a profound impact on his life. In spite of his many difficulties, he tried to make the best of things, developing many interests, such as photography, and working and travelling for as long as he was able. A private person, he tended to keep his problems and struggles to himself. In the 1980's Paul became fascinated with the development and potential of computers. He joined the Winnipeg PC Users Group in 1982 shortly after it was established, and subsequently served as its dedicated Newsletter Editor for over twenty years. He was an enthusiastic participant at COMDEX, a large computer convention held annually for many years in Las Vegas where, memorably, he once had his picture taken with Bill Gates. Paul was blessed with steadfast friends, each of whom made a difference in his life. Neil Longmuir provided companionship and could be relied upon for help of all kinds. Paul's friendship with Linda Gonse of California, another newsletter editor, rose out of their common interest but went on to become a wide- ranging email correspondence, valued by both. Uzor and Vien Nwoko, of Texas, maintained contact with Paul over many years and never failed to spend time with him when visiting Winnipeg. In years past, Bill Lim saw to it that Paul was able to have a day at the Red River Ex, something he enjoyed immensely. Paul would want to acknowledge the many doctors, health care professionals and staff who cared for him over the years, most recently those at St. Boniface Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre, and to express his special appreciation to his home care givers, in particular his nurse Diane and workers Mary and Barb. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Rev. Dr. J. Alex and Catherine Stephen, and by his aunts and uncles: Harriet and Elmer Stewardson, Jean and Bill Lorimer, Elizabeth and Jack Bray, George Bray, Etta Stephen, Jean and Tom Edwards, George and Evelyn Stephen. He is survived by his cousins: Garth and Vega Bray of Ottawa, Matt and Diane Bray of Sudbury, Glenda and Gordon Hutchison of Virden, Margaret Ann Stewardson of Regina, Bob and Jean Stewardson of Camrose, Maxine Cumming of Hamiota, Carolyn Williams of Bobcaygeon, and Lyn Stephen of Winnipeg. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, Rev. Harold Kenyon of Carman United Church officiating. Following the service, interment will take place in the Carman cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, would be appreciated. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 Broadway - 783-7211 www.thomsonfuneralchapel.com Life stories may be shared with friends and family across the globe at www.mem.com


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