It is with very heavy hearts the family of J. W. Paul Godin announces the passing of Paul on February 7th, 2014 at home after a short but horrific battle with cancer. Paul grew up in Big River Saskatchewan where he learned to play hockey, hunt and fish. Paul joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1952 and was sent to Trenton, Ont. In 1958 he was sent to Marville France, where he played hockey for the Marville Arrows. He was sent to Comox in 1963 where he played for the Comox Totems, he also coached that team. A highlight in Paul’s hockey career was when he attended a Coaches Clinic with the former coach of Canada’s National Hockey Team, Father Bauer. In 1967 Paul married his wife, Judy; they had one daughter, Paulette in 1969. In June, 1969, Paul was sent back to Europe and played hockey for the Baden Raiders. In 1972 the Raiders captured the Canadian Armed Forces Championship, and Europe’s Cup International. Paul then hung up his skates at age 36.
In 1975 Paul joined Loomis Courier Service in Victoria, B. C. He always wanted to come back to the Comox Valley, and in 1976 Loomis transferred him to Courtenay. A short time later Paul became the Branch Manager for Loomis Courier Service for the North Island and Powell River. Paul retired 18 years later.
Paul loved fishing. He and Judy spent many hours catching and canning salmon. He also loved to fish the lakes on the Island. He was a strict conservationist, and was a member of the B. C. Wildlife Association, and the Rod and Gun Club.
Paul is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy, his daughter Paulette (Steph Jalbert), and the apple of his eye his two grandchildren, Josee and Alexandre. He is also survived by his two brothers, Armand and Leo, and his many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a huge thank you for all the kindness and support from Paul’s many friends
There will be a private family Celebration of Life held at a later date.