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PAUL ALBERT SHEFCHYK (published on October 22, 2008)

PAUL ALBERT SHEFCHYK April 23, 1962 - October 18, 2008 It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Paul, our son, brother, extremely loving father, gifted musician, animal lover, gourmet cook, sales associate, and friend to countless others, to a better place, where he can watch over us and resume conversation with those who have left before him. Paul was predeceased by his father Walter, grandparents John and Anna Shefchyk, Gaspar and Mary Horvath and is survived by his two daughters, who meant everything to him, Samantha and Madelyn, mother Anita, brothers Walter (Barbara) and Andrew (Maragaret), sister Anna Massey (Wayne), nephews Mark, Danny, Troy, Alexander, Joshua, and niece Christina, his best friend Jake and wife Lisa Funk, childhood buddy Rick Keen and his many dear friends and co-workers at Naylor Communications. Paul's precious dogs - Cocoa and Kato - and cat Jasmine - have found new homes with friends and family. Paul’s journey began 46 years ago. As a young boy his curious nature led him to pick up brother Walter’s toy accordian and he immediately began playing any song he would hear. In fact, Paul not only could play the song, but could usually replay it after hearing it only once. This would lead to a lifelong love affair with music. Paul was an accomplished keyboard, guitar, and bass player as well as a gifted singer and songwriter. His first band, with brother Andrew and sister Anna, set the stage. Over the years his musical talents were heard in many venues around the city as a member of such bands as Dorian Grey, Heartland and Wish. Paul was also an excellent cook, creating many a gourmet meal for his friends and family. Everyone who knew Paul knows how important his animals were to him. His dogs were his constant companions. He spent many a weekend letting his dogs run at his Aunt Joanna and Uncle Nick's farm. Academically, Paul attended Regent Park, John W. Gunn and Transcona Collegiate schools. Professionally, Paul was self-employed in business for much of his life ultimately settling in as a valued member of the Naylor Communications sales team for the past several years. His family is grateful to the wonderful people at Naylor Communications for all of their support. In the words of one of Pauls many songs: "Somewhere in the night, I know the stars are shining. Everything's alright, I feel our love is climbing..." A celebration of Paul's life will take place on Thursday October 23, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph The Worker Parish, 505 Brewster St., Transcona. Reception to follow in the Church hall. In Paul's memory, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Transcona Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.

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