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Mr. Paul Evans

Peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife of 55 years and daughters, Paul James Evans of Chatham, in his 77th year, passed away at Victoria Hospital in London on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.  Cherished son of the late James and Doris Evans.  Beloved husband and best friend of Christine (Keppel).  Loving and proud father of Paula Szymanski and her husband Richard of Chatham and Jennifer Roesch and her husband Jim of Kent Bridge.  Adored grandpa of Stephen (Samantha) and Michael Maynard and Kathryn Szymanski and Hannah, Abigail and Olivia Roesch.  Big Papa to Kinsley and Mya Maynard.  Predeceased by his brother Christopher (2000) and nephew Chad (2015).

Dad was born in Toronto and grew up an avid Leafs fan.  He was very proud when his little brother, Christopher was drafted by the Leafs.  His mom had season tickets and Dad spent many games watching them lose.  He met our mom on a blind date, and she told him of her love of sports.  Turned out, Mom lied.  But it was too late.  Dad was hooked.  They were married in 1965 and lived and worked in Toronto.  In 1967, Paula was born.  Dad spent every Sunday walking with Paula through High Park on the way to Gramps and Grammy’s house so Mom could sleep in.  In 1973, Jennifer was born.  Dad missed the birth as he had just joined the O.P.P. and was stationed in Chatham where our family eventually settled.  After 5 years, Dad moved to the O.P.P. Forensics Unit where he would stay for the rest of his career.  It was here where he got the nicknames, “Dimoff”, “The Greek God” and “The God Damn Greek”.  Except that he wasn’t even Greek.  He was Macedonian (don’t tell the Greeks).  Dad was passionate about his work, but his true passion was his family.  Our mom was his princess (she was elevated to queen a couple of years ago) and us 2 girls were his pride and joy.  When the 6 grandchildren came along, his love grew.  And then again with his 2 great granddaughters.  He was very protective of his 4 granddaughters, referring to their boyfriends as “bone heads” and warning them that he knew how to get rid of a dead body and no one would find it.  Dad was a great man, a wonderful human being who lived his life just wanting to be a good person and live by the Ten Commandments.  Dad was a very hard worker.  He retired from the O.P.P. in 2003 and then got hired by the S.I.U where he worked for the next 12 years.  The last couple of years with the S.I.U., he also worked for Alexander & Houle Funeral Home up until the day he got sick.  He was generous with his time and always dropped what he was doing for anyone.  He was a big man and so strong – working out at The Wheels and riding his bike everywhere.  He was handy, building and fixing many things for all of us.  Dad was an avid sports fan and athlete playing golf, hockey and slo-pitch and was a fantastic high school track athlete.  He never missed the kid’s sports games or dance competitions and was a true fan and our biggest cheerleader.  Dad was a “glass half full” (of scotch) kinda guy and a lover of life.  Even though he and Mom are not rich, he often said that he felt he had won the lottery. 

He had a great career, a loving wife, healthy kids and grandkids, a roof over his head and lots of wonderful friends.  He always said, “what more could I want“.

The family would like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, and PSWs at Victoria Hospital, Oncology Unit for their compassionate care of Paul.  As per Paul’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family funeral.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington St. West, Chatham, 519-352-2710.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider donating to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.  On-line condolences may be shared at

Private Family Funeral

Celebration of Life: To be held at a later date.

Expression of Sympathy: Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation

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