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Herbert Paul Endress

August 17, 1933 — January 10, 2024

Bracebridge

Herbert Paul Endress

August 1933-January 2024

 

(Herbert) Paul Endress lived 90 fulfilling years. Beloved spouse to Colette for 64 years, much admired father to Derek, Jeff (Mary), and Nicole (Marc), cherished grandfather – lovingly known as “Ada” – to Thomas, Monique, Sara, Jessica, Jenna, Josh, Zach, Angus, 10 great-grandchildren and a much-loved neighbour to Hazel and Fred Jahn (Grandpa Paul to Jennifer and Jeff). 

 

Paul was born in Toronto in 1933. His parents Herbert and Elizabeth along with his sister Beverly, spent many summers at the family cottage fishing and sailing. 

He joined his sister Beverley (2016) and his loving daughter Michelle (1980) on January 10, 2024. 

 

A dedicated member of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Paul transferred across the province, living in various communities across Northern Ontario until settling in Bracebridge in 1982. There were always lots of friends, dinner parties, and card games in every community. His career started as a Junior Ranger, and he moved up the ranks, retiring as a District Manager. Paul retired in 1986; he was lucky enough to be retired longer than he worked.

 

Paul was a great storyteller with a wry sense of humour. He loved sharing stories of his day’s moose tagging, hunting, and apprehending firearms, and his adventures in boats, planes, and helicopters. 

 

A golfer, Paul was notorious for his penchant for recovering golf balls long abandoned in the bush or ponds of the courses he played. Dryden Golf Course even banned the practice of fully entering the ponds. He also participated in curling and ice fishing during the winter in every community that he lived. 

 

He enjoyed many wonderful trips in retirement, floating in the warm waters of Hawaii and the Caribbean, or wrangling salmon on a fishing trip to Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands). 

Paul was an avid fisherman and enjoyed navigating the waters of Lake Muskoka. He appreciated teaching his grandchildren or great-grandchildren how to tie on a lure and troll for walleye. He was quick to share when a big fish was caught. 

 

Paul will be incredibly missed by his family and neighbours.

We would like to thank the staff at Castle Peaks and Hazel and Fred Jahn for taking such excellent care of Paul in his final year. Special thanks to the nurses on the palliative care unit at South Muskoka Memorial, who made him comfortable in his final hours. 

By Paul’s request, no visitation or service will be held.

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