Paul Chesley Locke

January 3, 1953 to November 13, 2020


To view the online service for the late Paul Chesley Locke on Tuesday,  November 17th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, please select the link below:


It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Chesley Locke announce his passing at the Palliative Care Unit of the L.A. Miller Centre after a courageous but short battle with cancer.  Paul was the life of every room whose energy was infectious and spilled over with humor and laughter in every person who had the pleasure of being a part of his life.  Paul was passionate, full of love and hope and had the deepest love for his wife, his four (4) daughters and treasured grandchildren.

Predeceased by his father Gilbert Chesley Locke and his mother Irene Clara Locke.

Left to mourn are his wife, Veronica Locke, daughters Denah Locke, Gillian Locke (Kris Costello), Samantha Ralph (Tom) and Tori Locke.  Grandchildren Liam, Brooke, Grace, Gabrielle and Edison.  Sisters Cathy Ryall (Robert), Sandra Decker (Dean), Tracey Philibert (Gilles), sisters and brothers in law John Healey (Sheila), Mike Healey, Mary Healey (Charlie Lush), Gladys Barrington (Paul), Sheila Ryan (Grant) and Elizabeth Cosman (Gordon). Special Friends Tom and Janine Halliday, Jack and Jackie Jardine, John and Flo Bursey, Gary and Olive Peddle, Gerard and Gerri Curtis, DJ Murphy, and Greta Melville along with a large circle of nieces, nephews and friends.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the L.A. Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, November 15 and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. on Monday, November 16.  Funeral service will be held at The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and will be live streamed. Burial to follow at the Anglican Cemetery –  Kenmount Road.

Flowers gratefully accepted (due to allergies, no lilies or carnations please) or donations can be made to the Gathering Place.


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Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing it was a pleasure working for him. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Dear Veronica,

I was sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I always found him to be knowledgeable, practical, and wise. He was taken much too soon. Sincere condolences.

Gus Lilly

Veronica & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, Please accept my deepest condolences.
I have very fond memories of Paul whilst working with Seabase Maersk.
My thoughts are are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Veronica and family,

Sincere condolences on Paul’s passing. A true family man for whom all of you were his greatest joy.
It’s been about twenty years since I received a call from Paul inviting me to join the Seabase team to work on the White Rose project. His personality was such that the work place was always productive, but never stressful. It was Paul who introduced me to curling. The annual OTS bonspiels were always a great time. Thanks in large part to Paul, the Wheels and Deals extravaganzas were always highly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.
May you take comfort in your wonderful memories.

So very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was an absolute pleasure to have known and associate with through work. He will be sorely missed. Sincerest condolences, Capt. . Lorne Messervey

Veronica and family;
Our condolences on Paul’s passing. We remember him fondly at many curling, rotary and Nor’easter events and socials. May he Rest In Peace having lived a life well lived.

Hi Ronnie, Mike & I we’re so sorry to hear about Paul, we have some lovely memories of you both. It’s been too long. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your growing family.
What a wonderful send off you gave Paul, a lovely warm, & funny service with wonderful memories and singing.
Take care.

i am saddened to hear of paul’s passing. we have had a connection for many years and it was in florida with his buddy gary peddle that i last saw and spoke with him , heading for a vacation that i am sure included the weapon he has in his hand for use in the picture attached.
he will always be with you and live through his children and grand kids .
denis barry

Sincere condolences to Veronica, Gill, Denah, Sam, and Vic on the passing of a kind, sincere, and funny man. May the memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

“Grief is the last act of love we have to give those we loved; where there is deep grief, there was great love.”
– anonymous

Ronnie,Denah, Gillian, Samantha, Victoria. Our sincere condolences . One of the highlights of our trips Home was to see you and Paul. He will be missed.Love Ditch and MaryLou, Natalie and Samantha

Denah and family
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad.
You are in my thoughts.

Ronnie and Girls,
Our hearts are broken that we can’t be with you all at this time. We have many fond memories of our times at Taylor Place and “down at the cabin”. Paul always loved cooking up a storm!!! Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all and we will be in touch soon.

Ronnie and family,
We are deeply sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Paul had a great sense of humour and a real zest for life. He dearly loved spending time with his family and his special circle of friends.. He will be missed.
Sending much love your way.

To the Locke family
I am so sorry to hear about Pauls passing. I knew the family when he and his family lived on Scott St. and reunited with his mom and dad here in Gander. They are a wonderful family. You will miss him dearly.

Denah and family

So sorry to hear of your Father’s passing!

May all the happy and loving memories you have with him help you through this difficult time .

Heaven has gained another angel to watch over the whole Locke family .

My sincere condolences

To the Locke family,

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Please accept our sincere condolences. May Paul Rest In Peace.

Ronnie and family. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Have fond memories of our families hanging out many years ago. Rest in peace Paul.

Sorry to hear of paul’s Passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I have a lot of fond memories while working for the seabase and Maersk family. Rest In Peace Paul.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
Paul was an inspirational leader.

Ronnie and family ………
My deepest condolences on your loss. I hadn’t seen Paul in a number of year’s, I guess due to conflicting careers and the like. My memory of him having fun and joking around from years ago will last forever.
May he Rest In Peace.

Gillian, my sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. May he Rest in Peace.

Veronica and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Denah and family, ,
I was saddened to learn of the loss of your Dad. He was such a family man and I know you will all miss him terribly. I hope somehow that the memories you have made through the years together along with the love and support of your family and friends will comfort you during such a difficult time. Thinking of you.
Sandra (Chidley)

Denah and family, I am very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ronnie and family,
We were very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Paul was a great colleague and a great guy who will be missed.. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Veronica and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. May the kindness and love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Paul was an inspirational leader that helped many.

My deepest sympathy to all. I have a lot a great memories from the time we worked and traveled together in Maersk . He will be missed. RIP.

Veronica and family , so sorry for your loss , he will certainly be missed , gone too soon ! God bless , our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ! Stay strong ! Rip Paul ! Hugs Jeanette and DAN Miller !

Veronica and family,
Paul was larger than life for me and I have always considered it a privilege to have worked for him. You couldn’t join Seabase without becoming part of the Locke family where I saw his love of family first hand, which always trumped everything else he did. I cannot imagine the sorrow you are feeling right now but am confident that the strength of family that Paul instilled in everyone he touched will get you through this challenging time. Our sincere condolences.

To the Locke family,
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. May he rest in peace!

Veronica and family;
Our condolences on Paul’s passing, we remember him fondly at many OTS and Nor’easter events. May he Rest In Peace

My sympathy to you all. I knew Paul for over 30 years. Paul was always very kind to me. He was a lways very dedicated to his family . My prayers are with you all

Samantha, my sincere condolences to you and your family on your father’s passing. He was a kind man with a calming presence. Thinking of you all

Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. My Dad held Paul in very high regard. Our deepest sympathies to the Locke family.

Rest In Peace, Paul. You were a good person and Gail and I always enjoyed your company,, especially at the OTS Curling Bonspiels in past years.

Veronica & family,
So sorry to hear this news. Paul and I were friends through Rotary and we worked on several projects together. Dwell on all those great memories! RIP

Veronica and family my deepest sympathy on the loss of Paul, gone but never forgotten…..

Our condolences to the Locke family…Shawn &Sandra Gillingham

Dear Veronica and Family,
Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. We will keep you all in our prayers.
May Paul Rest in Peace,
Pat and Peter Hutton

To the family. What do you say at a time like this, because it is impossible to imagine the feeling of loss that you, Ronnie and your family must be going through. We have many happy memories of the times we spent with you and Paul and your family, and although life led us on different paths, you have always been close to our hearts. Out of site but never out of mind. Be strong for each other and treasure all your happy memories. Love always Marg and Hubert.

It was with great sadness that we learned of Paul’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to you & your family. Will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.
Bourdeau Family

Our condolences to the Locke Family. We fondly remember Paul from work and social gatherings. Mike and Brenda Cole

Paul was one of the absolute sweetest men our family had the pleasure of meeting. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in his company but we never forgot how he’d go out of his way to make our weekend.
Nicole, Breanne & Kerri Barrington

Ronnie and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing! May your wonderful memories of your life together bring you some comfort! And speaking from experience, the only thing that really helps is time. So hang in there and stay strong! May he Rest In Peace!
Helen Pearcey

I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We went to school together at St Michael’s, and again at Bishops. He was a quiet ,gentle person. I ran into him several months ago at costco for the first time in 40 years a.nd although we had both aged, I recognized him right away. It was so nice to have the opportunity to reconnect, talk about our kids and grandchildren. He was still that very likeable kind person that I remembered from school A very nice person. Condolences to all

Denah- Barb and I send our prayers and condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Godspeed to your dad !!

I first met Paul in the early 1990’s at the Rotary Club of St. John’s East, where we were both founding charter members.

I knew him as a pleasant and contributing club member and a friendly table mate at breakfast.
I also grew to know him, in his management of Seabase, as a good customer for over twenty years.

But mostly I knew him as the “Patron Saint of Wheels ‘n Deals”, the club’s annual fundraising event. He, through Seabase, with the offshore community and his circle of friends, were critical to the success of our first Wheels ‘n Deals. It lasted for 15 successful years, but his support guaranteed the event came to life in the first place.

And he came through EVERY YEAR !!! He purchased over FIFTY shares in the event every single year, as well as making significant prize and cash donations. In my capacity as chair of Wheels ‘n Deals three times, and part of the organizing/staging group, I can honestly say that Wheels ‘n Deals – and our Rotary club itself – would not have been the same without Paul Locke.
Rotary’s top award for distinguished contribution is the Paul Harris Fellowship. The club presented one to him at the start of one Wheels ‘n Deals evening in the early 2000’s, much to his surprise. But he deserved one every year!

Great Rotarian. Good customer. All round nice guy. What better can you say about anyone?
Don Lane.

Ronnie and girls…so so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing..His love for you all was unquestionable and he now rests in Eternal Peace.May your memories of the time you have shared with him bring you peace at this time. God Bless you and know in your hearts that his spirit will be by your side forever. Marilyn Lewis.

Ronnie, we wish we could be with you during this difficult time. We hope you hold tight to the memories for comfort. Lean on your friends and family for strength and always remember we are here for you. Please accept our deeest condolences.