Laval, Paul Andrew

Laval: Paul Andrew. On July 7, 2015 with loved ones holding his hands, Paul left us for a place that is now more peaceful for him. He was born October 18, 1933, at his paternal grand-parents farm near Wauchope, Saskatchewan, the oldest of six children of Leon and Cecile Laval. In 1943, the family moved to a farm south of Deloraine, Manitoba, where Paul went to Brock School, then high school at Deloraine Collegiate. After teaching one year on permit he attended Normal School in Winnipeg in 1953-54. His teaching career consisted of 8 years at Margaret and 26 years in Souris, retiring as Vice-Principle in 1988. Paul was a staunch supporter of the community of Souris. He was a member of the Kinsman Club of Souris and was honoured with a Life Membership of the National Association in 1975. He served 11 years on the Souris Parks Board, worked on Town Beautification and was a dedicated board member of Souris Hillcrest Museum. Carpentry was one of Paul’s hobbies. He also enjoyed golfing, curling and playing pool at the Men’s Club (all of which he said were Rae’s “sanity time”). Camping, fishing and cross-Canada travels with his family and square dance friends, gave him many happy memories. Paul was a talented musician, playing piano, sax and accordion and sang with St Mary’s Catholic Church choir for many years. His singing voice was a benefit to him, when after many years of square dancing he learned to “call” so that he could teach the activity to students at Souris School. Following retirement, he became a club caller and over the years called for several clubs in western Manitoba, the last ones being Hamiota and Brandon. Paul is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Rae, daughters: Debra, Corinne (Ray Voeller), Brenda (Scott) Rose, Andrea (Darrell) Derkach. 7 grandchildren; Christopher and Elizabeth Bolt, Kelsey Rose, Taylor (Kelsey) Sunaert, Jenna, Matthew and Steven Derkach. Also mourning his passing are his siblings Lionel (Yvonne), Lucille Le Cunff, Raymond (Phyllis), Elaine (Lyle) Franklin; sister-in-law Evelyn Laval  and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Francis, brother-in-law Macel LeCunff and son-in-law Al Searle. In memory of Paul, donations may be made to the Souris Hillcrest Museum Box 1287 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to the Alzheimer Society Unit 4B — 457 9th Street Brandon, Manitoba R7A 1K2.


Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery.

13 thoughts on “Laval, Paul Andrew”

  1. Rae and family, I was saddened to read tonight of Paul’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Rae and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. We remember many happy times of square and round dancing over the years.

  3. Sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. My thoughts are with you and your families at this time of loss. Take Care
    Gail Williamson

  4. We are sorry to read of Paul’s passing . We extend our condolences to Rae & family.

    Bill & Bernice Petras

  5. Please accept our expression of sympathy to you and your family in the loss of a dear husband and devoted father. Paul was loved by many and will be remembered fondly by so many. May the support of your family, your friends, your faith and a caring community, give you peace and strength in this difficult goodbye.
    Sincerely, Brian & Kathie

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the whole Laval family.We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  7. Dear Rae and Girls, Back in the early 60s Paul and I taught at Margaret; he being the principal and I being fresh out of Teachers’ College.( that’s what it was called way back then). I often feel that I wouldn’t have survived that first year without Paul’s help and guidance. He was a caring, helpful person. I couldn’t have wished for a better leader.
    Our most sincere sympathy, Gary and Vonda Cranswick

  8. Rae and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    I was honoured to have be part of Paul’s life as a student, teaching colleague and dancer. May your many cherished memories help carry you into the future!

  9. Deepest sympathy to all the Laval Families and Relatives. I remember Paul from his teaching days at Margaret MB. Our thoughts are with all at this sad and difficult time. Cherish your memories.

  10. Thinking of all the Laval families at this time, with sincere sympathy in the loss of Paul.

  11. Thinking of the Laval families at this time of loss. Prayers and deepest sympathies to all. You will always have the memories as they last a lifetime. Take care

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