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Paul Edmund Balkwill

BALKWILL, Paul Edmund - Born in Leamington Ontario, September 10, 1936. Died on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Victoria Hospital, London. He was the son of Philip and Lena (Rogers) Balkwill who predeceased him in 2000. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Claus) and four children Rebbeca Lynn Geddis (Larry), Richard Craig, Julia Ann and Paul Elwin (Trang). He was predeceased by a brother Hugh in 1999. He is survived by Hugh's wife Ruth and a sister Bertha Sweetman (Harold). Also surviving are grandchildren, Joshua Geddis (Jessica), Brianne Graham (Sean) and Kera Luu Balkwill; and four great-grandchildren, Nolan Joshua Geddis, Kyle James Geddis, Jordyn Lee Geddis and Alexis Emma June Graham. Paul retired from St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology as Principal of Thames Campus, Chatham. Prior to his employment with St. Clair College he had worked as a teacher for The Kent County Board of Education, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Ridgetown Public Utilities Commission, Windsor Utilities Commission and The Leamington P.U.C. Paul was a Journeyman Power Lineman. He was a graduate of The University of Western Ontario (1976) and held a Masters of Education from The University of Windsor (1980). Paul was active in community endeavors. He was a lifelong member of the United Church of Canada. He loved singing and was a member for many years in the Chatham Kent Chorale as well as United church choirs in Ridgetown, Chatham and London. Mr Balkwill served as a member of the Ridgetown Public Utilities Commission; as a member of the Ridgetown Council; and was Mayor of Ridgetown from 1978 to 1981. In his younger years Paul loved to play Fastball; acting as an Umpire for a number of years, in Windsor and Ridgetown. He enjoyed fishing with his boys and friends. Born on a farm he always loved tending a vegetable and flower garden where ever he and Shirley called home. Paul's remains have been cremated with interment to follow in the family plot in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville Ontario at a later date. Donations in memory of the life of Paul may be made to The Health Complex of Thames Campus, St. Clair College, or, to the charity of choice.13251705
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Thinking of you
Posted by Rob and Brenda Fysh (Friend) On Tuesday, February 13, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.
Deepest sympathy
Posted by Todd Carney & family (Friend) On Sunday, February 11, 2018
Paul, please on behalf of my family to you and yours, please accept my deepest sympathies at this time. Hold on to the memories of treasured times. They will give you strength through the difficult days ahead.

Todd, Brenda & Conner Carney

Deepest Sympathy
Posted by Connie & Dan Vermast (Co -worker of Paul) On Sunday, February 11, 2018
Dear Paul and Craig -Thinking of you at this difficult time -Love Connie and Dan
My Condolences
Posted by Alma Carter Churchill (Friend) On Saturday, February 10, 2018
Dear Shirley and Family,

I am deeply saddened to hear Paul's passing. I have many fond memories of his years with us in the Chorale and of his encouragement and support. May you find comfort in knowing that he touched the lives of many people in his lifetime with his gifts and talents.

A great mentor
Posted by Steve Vince (Friend) On Saturday, February 10, 2018
My sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .

IHad the great pleasure of working with Paul at St Clair College, while I was a student and president of the student council, what a life experience, he was a huge reason that I chose to be self employed, he always made time for everyone,

He was a great leader , he will be missed


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