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PAUL ELLIOT JARVIS (published on May 23, 2009)



PAUL ELLIOT JARVIS, P. Eng. In Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, May 20, at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his father Walter, mother Mary Agnes Ellen and sister Diana. Survived by his wife Joan (née LeCain), daughters Elizabeth (Ian Handford), Catherine and Mary Ellen, grandson Henry Jarvis Handford, sister Mary, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Paul was born in Fort William, Ontario, where he attended Lakehead Technical College, spending his summers at the family cottage at Surprise Lake and then working in logging and fire-fighting camps. Soon after graduating from the University of British Columbia (B.A.Sc.), he met Joan LeCain while working at the Silver Falls generating station, and they were married in Kenora, Ontario in 1958. He furthered his engineering career with Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners as Site Engineer at the Lakehead Harbour Terminal and went on to work with Foundation Engineering of Canada in Vancouver and the B.C. Water Resources Branch in Victoria and Kelowna. In 1965 he settled with his family in Winnipeg, joining Gibb-Underwood-J.P. Vaughan as Project Manager on hydro-electric development on the Burntwood River and on social and environmental impact studies for Manitoba Hydro. Paul and his family enjoyed living in Marystown, Newfoundland for more than a year while he managed design and construction of the Newfoundland Marine Works. From 1970 to 1977, Paul focussed on engineering and resource consulting in Western Canada and the Arctic with U.N.I.E.S. In 1977 Paul was appointed Manitoba's Deputy Minister of the Department of Energy and Mines, and subsequently, the Departments of Natural Resources and Northern Affairs. He then joined Manitoba Hydro as General Manager (Vice-President), Corporate Planning. From 1986 to 1990 he was Vice-President of Special Projects for the Saskatchewan Water Corporation. From 1991 until 2004, he continued to serve as a consultant and senior manager for renewable resource projects, Crown corporations, government departments, First Nations communities and private companies, independently and as an associate of Northwest Management Consultants. One of his most memorable assignments was to lead a team funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, reporting to the Government of Ghana on all aspects of management of the Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation. He was proud to have concluded settlements as Senior Negotiator for the Province of Manitoba on the Northern Flood Agreement. Paul enjoyed travel, and worked or holidayed, usually in the company of Joan, in all provinces and territories of Canada and much of the US, and abroad in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, but for Paul and his family the centre of the world was the summer camp on Rush Bay, Lake of the Woods. There he supervised even more forestry, construction and water management projects, and commandeered a fleet of canoes, sailboats, and rather unusual cruising boats. Paul was hard-working, thorough, tolerant and creative, and possessed a uniquely dry sense of humour and a love of storytelling. His own story will be told by family and friends for many years to come. The family would like to extend their appreciation to staff at Tuxedo Villa for their care and compassion. A reception to celebrate Paul's life will be held Monday, May 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc. at 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, telephone 949-2200. Donations may be made in Paul's name to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba designated for Lewy Body Dementia research: 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 www.alzheimer.mb.ca.


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