It is with great sadness and heart-breaking sorrow that the family of Paul Edward Gaudet announce his passing on February 9th, 2019 in the warmth of his home “Dunbrody” and loving arms of his family.
Paul was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, the second eldest and oldest boy to Gerry and Imelda into what grew into a beautiful and caring family of eight children. Both his parents were incredibly loving, devoted and proud of all their children. His Mom a registered nurse, provided the nurturing, love, “gentle” guidance and discipline needed to raise such a large family. As an engineer and architect, his Dad was his hero and mentor.
Education was paramount in the Gaudet household and at the age of 14, Paul left Moncton and attended high school in Rigaud, Québec and Cégep at Petit Séminaire in Québec City. He graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from University of New Brunswick followed by a MBA from the Université de Moncton. Paul started his career with Moneco Engineering as a site engineer on the construction of Norsk Hydro’s Magnesium Plant in Becancour, Quebec. That was where he crossed paths with Moya and his fate was set. Paul married Moya in 1990 and lured by the opportunities of Newfoundland’s burgeoning oil and gas sector, moved to St. John’s. There Paul worked with BFL on the construction of the Hibernia Platform in Bull Arm and went on to support subsequent offshore projects through Magna Services. In 2005, after a short (and cold) stint in Labrador, Moya convinced Paul to join forces with her and nurture the seeds that she had planted with Pan Maritime Energy Services in the LNG sector in Doha, Qatar. Paul did more than simply nurture, what was only intended to be six-month stint became 12-years providing many an adventure for the whole family. Qatar became the family’s second home, where Paul befriended many expats and Qataris alike. He had a dedicated and loyal staff in Doha and the folks that joined his team became a part of his family. Paul was dedicated and committed, and his judgement was guided by his strong morals of fairness, honesty and respect. He had a circle of close mates from the Doha Golf club and connected with other very special folks from his many miles of cycling. He felt particularly honored with the brotherly bond he shared with his Qatar friends, in particular Sheikh Abdulla and Bader. They enjoyed many a cigar and soufflé under the beautiful skies of a Doha evening.
Home was and will always be where Paul’s heart lies. He had an incredible group of friends with whom he shared his passion for cooking, cycling, skiing, golfing and most importantly, the fine wines from his cellar. In particular his “beau-frère” Pierre Gauvreau with whom he shared an occasional fondness for a wee dram of single malt scotch, family friend Mike Madden, a cherished addition in all adventures and celebration and his childhood friend, Dr. Rod Martin who was by his side supporting him throughout his illness with his love, hugs and guidance.
Paul was never far from his best friend and dear wife Moya with whom he shared many passions especially a shared love of adventures on the family boat the “Moya C”, skiing Marble Mountain and cycling hills from Cape Spear to the Prophet Job’s tomb in Salalah, Oman. His daughters Marah and Mia, who along with Moya were his everything. Like his Dad, he was a devoted and loving father wanting nothing more for his daughters than to find meaning and happiness in life. He cared deeply for his Mom and Dad and was a big brother and friend to all his brothers and sisters.
Paul leaves treasured memories to his wife Moya Cahill, his precious daughters Marah and Mia, his mother Imelda of Moncton, siblings Clare (Mitchell) of Toronto, Marcia (Patrice) of Kingston Jamaica, Charles (Debbie) of Moncton, Maura (Gerard) of Moncton, Anne (Darren) of Saint John, Marc (Jamie) of Halifax, Julien (Jill) of Moncton, his brother in-law Fred (Doreen) of St. John’s, sister in-law Nora (Pierre) and many nieces, nephews and friends whom he cared for deeply.
Paul is predeceased by his dear father Gerald J. Gaudet, and parents in-law Nora and Gerard Cahill of whom he loved deeply.
Many thanks to the dedicated and compassionate staff of 4NorthA, Doctors Engelbrecht, Holmes, Armstrong, Craig, Greenland, Downton, Parsons, Rorke, Fardy, Dalton, the staff of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, family doctor Dan Malone, and the team from Community Heath. As well we commend Dr. Jacques and his team at the Clinique Neuro-Outaouais in Gatineau for their ongoing work in immunotherapy for GBMs and thank them for the opportunity to be a part of the research. Heartfelt thanks to Anne and Bob of Caregivers for providing such incredible nursing support over Paul’s last few weeks. Connie, Lisa, Trevor and Debbie enabled us to provide the comfort and care for Paul to remain in the comfort of his home embraced by the love of his family.
A Celebration of Paul’s life will be held at Carnell’s Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road at 3pm on Thursday February 14, 2019. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral home on Tuesday, February 12th 7 – 9pm, Wednesday, February 13th, 2- 4pm and 7 – 9pm. Flowers are welcomed and donations can be made in Paul’s memory to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
He will be remembered by all of us for his kindness, generosity, integrity, love of family, his incredible prime rib and unparalleled wine cellar.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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