May 10, 2013 § 8 Comments

IMG_0140This morning, one of my former co-workers and old friends at my formative company, passed away. Paul Gourlie was one of the oldest living people in Canada with Cystic Fibrosis and it was from complications with a months-long infection that ended his life.

Paul was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. From the time I started working with him, as a shy and quiet 22 year-old receptionist, he would always go out of his way to make conversation with me (even that time I was still learning everyone’s names and called him Colin by mistake). Paul was the kind of guy who would make time to stop by the desks and offices of everyone to check in and say hello. It didn’t matter if you were an intern or the CEO, he was genuinely interested in what you had going on.

IMG_1085In an office full of extreme personalities, Paul wasn’t one of the loudest, but he was definitely one of the kindest.

We’ll all miss you, Paul.

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§ 8 Responses to Paul

  • Brendan Fyfe says:

    This is terrible news. I booked bands through Paul for many years and we became great friends. Just had lunch with him in March and he seemed to be doing much better. He was an exceptional guy and will be missed.

    Please post the service details when they become available.

    • Christina says:

      I remember answering many of your calls, Brendan ;)

      Paul didn’t want to have a funeral, but I’m told there’s something in the works to celebrate him in true Paul fashion at the Horseshoe. Keep your eyes open, or keep in touch with TAG.

      • Brendan Fyfe says:

        Had many drinks and many laughs with him at that bar. I will keep my eyes open for the details and will 100% be there. Thx for posting and for the great tribute. He lived a life worth remembering.

  • Alexandra knight says:

    I am an old friend of Paul’s from way back (we lived in the same neighborhood and attended elementary-junior high school together)
    Paul always loved music, so it was no surprise when I ran into him a few years ago and he told me he was in the business. One of my fondest memories of him is as very young children he walked me to school and serenaded me with “Old Time Rock N Roll” along the way. It’s a sad day. RIP Paul.

  • Collette Dobbin says:

    To Paul’s Wife Dave and Clare Please accept my deepest sympathy As Dave and Clare know I knew Paul from he was born until he went out west. Dave and Clare you fought so hard to fundraise for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis May Paul Rest in Peace love
    Collette Dobbin Belfast N.Ireland

  • Amber Gourlie says:

    Thank you so much for the beautiful tribute. Paul always enjoyed working with you and spoke of you often. He would have been thrilled for you and Nick starting your family but we both are lucky to be a part of The Agency Group family. With Love, Amber

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