Paul Degelman, 71, of 818 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997.
He was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Fort Frances to the late Frank and Annie Degelman. In 1943, Paul enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces, and served with the army in Canada until his discharge in 1945. Following his discharge, he returned to Fort Frances, where on Sept. 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to the former Arvilla Schickling.
He worked as the paper machine programmer for O & M and Boise Cascade, and retired in 1984 following 42 years of service.
In Fort Frances, he was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and a Third-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Paul enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and loved to take them hunting and fishing.
His life and passion was spending time with his family at their cabin on Red Gut Bay. Paul and Arvilla are well-known among their many Red Gut Bay friends and fellow cabin owners, and will be remembered for building together the East Road Red Gut Bay.
He was predeceased by his father, Frank Degelman, on April 24, 1989; and by his mother, Annie, on Feb. 8, 1962.
Paul is survived by his wife, Arvilla Degelman, of Fort Frances, Ont.; three daughters, Beverly and husband, Clare Brunetta, of Fort Frances, Ont., Janet Degelman of Winnipeg, Man., and Karen and husband, Russell Conway, of Victoria, B.C.; and five grandchildren, Paul, Danielle and Michael Brunetta, and Virginia and Olivia Conway.
He also is survived by one sister, Florence and husband, Kenneth Anderson, of Etowah, N.C.; two nephews, Kent and Rick Anderson; and one niece, Patti Afendoulis, all of Illinois.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Father Brian Primeau O.M.I. officiated, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Visitation was held Monday evening from 7 until 9 p.m., with parish prayers offered at 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers were Alvin Armstrong, Ernie Brunetta, Walter Sobkowicz, Bud Hebert, Jack Steinke, and Kent Anderson.
Honourary pallbearers were Russell Conway, Paul Brunetta, Michael Brunetta, Jack Egan, Herb Cridland, and Rick Anderson.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 655, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9, or the East Road Red Gut Bay, c/o Lea Barr, P.O. Box 607, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9.