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Ronald Paul Cavanaugh

October 4, 1932 - January 13, 2022



October 4, 1932- January 13, 2022

Long time Nelson resident and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Paul Cavanaugh, died peacefully at KLDH after a sudden, short illness at the age of 89.

Paul was born in North Bay, Ontario, the 6th of 7 children born to Norma and Ed Cavanaugh.

He and his wife Gwen moved their family of 5 children to Nelson in 1974.  From the moment they arrived, Paul knew Nelson would be their forever home. He loved the community, the mountains, lakes, rivers, fresh air, and especially the golf course.  The year Whitewater Ski Resort opened, he excitedly purchased a season’s pass and had the entire family skiing for the first time.  He skied every winter until 2020 when he took his last ride up the lift.

His entire career was at CP Rail, starting out in Northern Ontario, moving on to London, Toronto, Montreal and finally Nelson where he became a Chief Dispatcher.  He was a railway man through and through, excellent at his job, and respected by all he worked with. He retired from the CPR in 1987; then he continued to pursue his golf and skiing passions and also took up canoeing. He and Gwen made many trips throughout the Kootenays to explore the rivers and inlets of the area he so dearly loved. Paul also enjoyed riding his bike and was still maneuvering along his favorite route through Lakeside Park as recently as this past autumn. They also enjoyed their travels abroad, especially Hawaii and the Far East.

Paul loved his family most of all. He reveled in his children’s successes and provided a shoulder when times were tough. He grew more proud with every new addition to his ever expanding family.

His middle child Edward passed away in 1989.  He leaves behind his devoted wife of 66 years, Gwen; his loving children David, Lynda, Stephen, and Carole; 7 adoring grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Paul would want us all to have happy memories and to live our best lives.  He will be missed.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Carole Cavanaugh
Relation: Daughter

Love you and miss you Dad.

From: Carolyn Wolfe
Relation: Friend of Gwen

Gwen and family, I was so sorry to hear of your great loss and I know that after such a long and loving relationship with Paul, you will be hurting plus missing the love of your life. Love and condolences coming your way. God be with you.

From: Rick Haukaas
Relation: Friend of family

My condolences to Gwen and all the kids, I am so sorry for your loss.

From: Christine & Gary McCandlish
Relation: Friends

Hugs and sympathies to Gwen and families. Paul was a wonderful man.

From: Iris Steffler
Relation: Friend of family members.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, Gwen, Carole, Lynda (and the rest of your wonderful family), on Paul’s passing. First and foremost I will always remember what a gentle man he was when I would cross paths with him. My thoughts are with you all as you journey through this new reality. XO Iris Steffler

From: Stephen Cavanaugh
Relation: He is my father

I’ll miss you Dad, say hi to Eddy for me:)

From: wendall clifford
Relation: Fellow employee at CPRail!!

So sorry for your loss. Worked at CPRail with Paul; always a gentleman; he will be missed by many!!

From: Doug and Isa MacDonald

Dear Gwen and family,
So sad to hear about Paul’s passing.
We had a huge respect for his attitude towards life and people and his joy for skiing and biking.
Our hearts are with you.
Doug and Isa MacDonald

From: Verna Kidd

My heart felt sympathy for you and your family Gwen.

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