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Paul Joseph Dougherty

December 26, 1946 - September 9, 2018



December 26, 1946 – September 9, 2018


Paul passed away peacefully in Nanaimo, B.C. surrounded by family following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.


He was raised in Big River, Saskatchewan and moved to B.C. in 1965.  Paul was a devoted husband of 47 years and he and Maureen created an amazing family.  After arriving in B.C. he started out working at the Youbou Mill, after that he worked as the icemaker at the Duncan Curling Club until starting his 35 year career at the District of North Cowichan, retiring from there in 2002.  In his retirement, he and Maureen spent many sunny winters in Palm Springs.  He loved visiting with family and friends, cooking (his onion soup was legendary), making wine and beer, politics and playing cards with friends.  He also enjoyed good discussions with his coffee shop buddies. He loved to watch CFL football and still cheered for his favourite team the Saskatchewan Roughriders.   He spent part of each day walking the beach at Piper’s Lagoon chatting along the way with the locals.  We always knew he was near when we heard him singing and whistling along the way.


In February of this year, Paul had a call to explore his Irish ancestry.  He and his son-in-law, Cooper, toured Ireland and went to Galway and Belfast on Irish Rail.  They visited the sites of the Titanic, Guinness Storehouse, Jamieson Distillery and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Temple Bar.  We all think he may have kissed the Blarney Stone in a different life as his passion was to talk with every person he encountered.


Predeceased by his parents, Joe and Alice and brothers Delor and Pat.  Survived by his wife Maureen, daughters Michelle (Gerry), Erin (Cooper), brother Roger (Mavis) and grandchildren Megan, Max and Olivia as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.  Forever remembered by us all.


A celebration of life will follow at a later date.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Memorial contributions may be made to B.C. Cancer Agency, or the Palliative Care Unit, Nanaimo Regional Hospital.


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From: Gwyn and Linda Hughes
Relation: friends

It is with great sadness that we heard of Paul’s passing. Paul was a people magnate who never met a person he couldn’t talk and laugh with. His sense of humour was infectious. Paul will be lovingly remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to have known him.

From: Dorothy Whittome
Relation: Old friend.

I am so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. I’m sure that you are glad to have to have had those many retirement years to enjoy with each other as well as your family and friends. Our thoughts are with you.

From: Teresa Williams
Relation: Work with Paul at the Municipality of North Cowichan

Maureen and family. I was sadden to see that Paul has passed away. I enjoyed working with Paul at the Muni, he always made me laugh and made working there fun!!! My thoughts are with you all, Teresa

From: Brent Dougherty
Relation: Nephew

As a child, I always looked forward to our visits to “Paul and Mo’s”. Full of fun and energy. It was great to visit last year at my Dads’ Birthday and to see him still lighting up the room.

From: Steve Thorsell
Relation: We met through my Mom (Mavis) and his brother Roger

I remember meeting Paul at Roger’s birthday party in Sherwood Park.. He was a very upbeat, positive person who was a pleasure to talk to. Cheerful, knowledgeable, good-spirited and fun are just a few words I can think of that can describe Paul within the first few minutes of my brief meeting with him. He left me with the realization that he was a man who was both happy and content. My condolences to those who were lucky enough to have known him during the course of his life and time here on Earth. God Bless

From: Rob and Harjinder Conway
Relation: Former co-workers

One can’t help but smile when thinking of Paul. We had the pleasure of working with him at North Cowichan for many years. Our sincere condolences to the family.

From: Debbie Sanderson
Relation: Friend

Maureen, Erin, Michelle and family. The Fuller family would like to send our condolences, we are so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. We have so many fond memories of our childhood together. I still remember eating chicken noodle soup and sandwiches on your Bert and Ernie placemats when Paul came home for his lunch break. He’ll be very much missed.

From: E. James (Jim) Nugent
Relation: Worked together

Our deepest sympathy to you Maureen, girls and family. Jim enjoyed working with Paul all those years. Never a dull moment working with him. So thankful he retired when he did so you could enjoy great times together. Hugs and prayers from both Barb and myself.

From: Linda Gourlay
Relation: Friend

Dear Mo and family. It’s with a very heavy heart I read this sad news! Paul was a great man and I always remember his smile, laugh and sense of humour. Sending my love to you all!

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