Paul M. Lavelle
January 26,1949 - April 26, 2019
Our beloved Paul passed away on April 26, 2019.
We would be grateful if you could share a few words of remembrance or stories about Paul via the link below.
Celebration of Life
Friends are welcome to join Paul's family in a celebration of life at the Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, on Thursday May 16 from 5-8 pm with a few tributes at 6:30.
On April 26, four months after his 70th birthday, Paul Lavelle passed away at his home near Creemore. Paul will be remembered as a beloved husband and father, a brilliant and strategic thinker, and a man of great integrity and strength.
Born in Toronto to Mollie and Herbert Lavelle, Paul was raised in the Don Mills area along with his sister Paddy. Paul attended De La Salle and Don Mills Collegiate and was educated at York University and earned an MBA from Schulich School of Business.
In 1979, Paul married the love of his life, Gillian. He said it was the best decision he ever made.
Paul was a loving and wise presence in the lives of his children, Geoffrey and Elizabeth. He was always ready with an open ear and insightful advice, and took great interest in every aspect of their lives. He was adored by his young granddaughter Sophie.
Ambitious and diliigent from an early age, Paul earned his CA and CPA designations and pursued a rewarding career in corporate finance. He also applied his inquiring mind to his interests in photography and computer technology. Paul started his career at Clarkson Gordon, served as president and CEO of Thornmark Corporation, and later became a partner at Ernst & Young. In 2002, Paul took great joy in launching a corporate finance firm, Cambridge Corporate Development. Many of his clients and colleagues became long-term friends.
Paul was generous with his knowledge and skills, and he enjoyed serving on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards throughout his career. Travel, time spent on the golf course, and at the cottage on Weslemkoon Lake with friends and family, gave his life balance. An engaging conversationalist, Paul loved nothing better than a spirited debate at the dinner table. He also enjoyed an early game of tennis several mornings a week for most of his life - breakfast with his tennis friends always sent him off to the office with a smile on his face.
Paul’s family is so grateful for the many kindnesses shown to him during his time in the Creemore area. He lived with health challenges for many years but loved his new home and the beauty of the surrounding hills gave him solace. Many heartfelt thanks to friends who visited, brought books, and opened up the world for Paul.
Paul is dearly missed by his wife Gillian, sister Paddy, son Geoffrey (Lauren Hong), daughter Elizabeth (Daniel Dillon) and granddaughter Sophie, as well as his sisters-in law, nieces and nephews, extended family, and a wide network of friends and colleagues.
Donations in Memoriam
Paul was grateful for the medical support he received through many years of illness. We would be honoured with a donation to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.