Paul G. Muller passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016
Resting at the Hart Chapel
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Hart Chapel from 7-9 p.m.
A Vigil for Paul will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph's Church 409 Paisley Rd., Guelph on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Cremation to follow.
Luncheon in the Church Hall, immediately following the funeral mass.
Paul G. Muller
Dad/Opa/Opapa passed away in peace and in comfort on Saturday February 13, 2016 in his 93rd year.
During his final days, he was showered with kisses, prayers and blessings from his wife Trudi and many of his children and grandchildren.
Survived by and married to the love of his life Trudi (nee Stampfli) for 63 years, Paul prayed at Sunday Mass for each of his beloved seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren by name:
● Paul (Mary) of Burlington - John (Erin), Sarah (Emanuel Lepindea, Hannah,8, Lucas,6, Christian,4) Eric (Samantha Hicks, baby due next week)
● Jim, deceased 1996 (Connie and Joe Kelly) of Calgary - Daniel
● Liz (John Kelly) of MacGregor, Manitoba - John, Diane, Lisa (Josh Golding), Mary, Joseph
● Rita (Jim Schneuker) of Milverton - Erin (Mark Crawford, Anika, 8 mos.), Carla, David
● Frank (Debbie) of Calgary - Lauren, Mark, Brittany, Jenna
● Dave (Gill) of Ottawa - Matthew, Brianna
● Don (Dea) of Orillia - Cam, Scott, Megan Paul is also survived by his sister, Maria Bentele (98) who resides in St. Gallen, Switzerland, the place of his birth. Dad was abundantly blessed by his:
● Faith - through example and word, he lovingly passed us the Catholic faith that he inherited from his family from generations past
● Family - during his many years of working hard to support us, on weekends he took us camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming, skating, sailing and to theme parks. During holidays he and Mom took us to to Red Pine Camp, Cape Hatteras, Disney, Lake Placid and Switzerland.
● Friends - he cultivated lasting friendships with University of Guelph alumni, fellow members at the Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Swiss Club, Eucharistic ministry and golf club. He founded the local prostate cancer support group, volunteered as a probation officer and with Friends of the Orphans charity. During his early 70s, he completed half-a-dozen volunteer consulting assignments in developing countries for Canadian Executive Services Organizations
● Fitness - until his mid to late 80s, he climbed ladders, renovated the house, dug gardens, shoveled snow, drove 1000 kilometers, went sledding face first, swam, golfed, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle tennis (broke his arm) and skied.
● Finances - Dad generously shared his treasure by treating us to week-long, fun-filled family reunions at Villa Bellevue in Quebec; Blue Water Acres in Muskoka, and Severn Lodge in Muskoka; and helped fund the higher education of each of his grandchildren
● Frivolity - a perpetual joker and story-teller, Dad had a ready tale - “for once, this is a true story” - an ever-pleasant smile and a joy for life. He and Mom were warm, welcoming and hospitable, hosting hundreds of birthdays, Easter and Christmas celebrations for family and friends.
Paul was born and raised in St. Gallen Switzerland, completed his mandatory military service and studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich before emigrating to Ontario in early 1949.
After working on a farm for six months to pay for his passage, he attended and earned his undergraduate and Masters of Science In Agriculture at Ontario Agricultural College (now Guelph University). Promotions and job transfers took him and his family to Ottawa, Montreal, Cleveland, Greenwich Connecticut, Burlington Ontario and retirement in Guelph to be closer to his family members.
Instead of flowers, kindly direct in-memoriam donations to St. Joseph Church or Guelph and Area Right to Life, his two cherished charities.