Obituary: Paul Denard – March 18, 2022

Paul Denard
1963 – 2022

With sadness, we announce Paul passed away peacefully at home in Southampton on March 18, 2022.

Paul will be sadly missed by his loving family and close friends.   He leaves behind his loving father Bruce Danard, siblings Rob Jones (Carolyn), Karen Danard (Peter Eng), Julene Jones (Jim Harkiss), and Sherri Jones (Chris Richards).  Nieces and nephews Jason, Saralyn, Katie, Brady, Isaac, Roslyn, Mahal and Destiny.  He is predeceased by his proud mother Melva Peterson and stepmom Audrey Danard.

Paul loved music, especially Jazz.  He was an accomplished, dedicated performer and teacher.  Majoring in classical guitar, Paul completed a BA in music education at Western University.  He taught upright bass, bass guitar, piano, and drums to students of all ages. Paul was part of many ensembles in the Grey/Bruce area. He especially enjoyed mentoring students during live performances.

Paul grew up in Bracebridge with a great appreciation for the outdoors. He lived in Toronto where he met and married Heather Hastings.  In 1996 they moved to Owen Sound to begin their new life together and to be closer to Paul’s family.  In Southampton he enjoyed daily walks along the shoreline and skated in the Winter.  He had a passion for reading and discussing philosophy.  Playing hockey was a lifelong joy.

Paul was a gentle soul who was kind and had a fantastic sense of humour.  He showed amazing strength throughout his life and managed mental health obstacles with courage. May he be blessed with peace.

Sincere thanks are given to Hannelore who supported him with kindness.

Visitation from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. followed by a funeral at 2:00 p.m. on March 26th will be held at Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, Owen Sound.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association.