October 13, 1970 – June 17, 2021
Paul Liddy, aged 50, died unexpectedly on June 17, 2021 at Royal Inland Hospital. He is survived by his siblings, Helen (Dave), Mike (Dawn), Jane (John), Patrick (Chelsea), Rachel (Brian), and Bridget (James). Paul held a special place in his heart for his sixteen nieces and nephews, with many claiming him as their favourite uncle. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and England and his Godchildren who will all miss him. Paul is predeceased by his parents Andrew and Patricia, his brothers Andrew & Joseph, his sister in law, Julie and niece Maia.
Paul was born on October 13, 1970 in Wallasey, England. At the age of three, he immigrated to Canada with his family. Upon arriving in Kamloops, he quickly met some of his lifelong friends and Paul continued to make friends with many people throughout his life. Paul’s childhood and youth was spent in the streets, schools and parks of Kamloops’ West End, be it delivering newspapers, attending SWS, JP and KSS, working at Harris’ Supermarket, or playing in the numerous sporting events with his brothers, Ziebart cousins and the neighbourhood fraternity (formally known as the West End Sports League, of which Paul served proudly as President). Paul’s more serious sports life was boxing, a sport he loved as a fan and competitor. Paul had a long and celebrated amateur career of well over 50 bouts under the tutelage of Ken Mann. Next step was a few years of carefree travel. Paul enjoyed the typical European highlights, making his base in the land of his birth, where he spent more time reconnecting with long lost family and getting into more trouble with his brother Patrick. Where most travelers to Israel would spend a month or two working and living the Kibbutz life, as with most things Paul did this his own way. He spent over 18 months with his “farmer family”, to the point where he called himself their adopted son and their family would correspond with his “birth” family. Later, Paul had the opportunity to realize a dream and spent time in Ireland enjoying the culture that he felt a connection to.
After his travels, in his late twenties, he returned to Kamloops where he focused on his writing, participated in poetry readings on a regular basis and self-published several poetry collections. At the age of twenty nine, Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer – in his own words “the hand of God touched me, and I fell over”. He faced the treatments with courage and tenacity with the support of many friends and family. The aftereffects of treatment caused significant medical conditions that further tested his resiliency and strength. Throughout all of this, Paul maintained his sense of humour and took every adversity thrown at him with his fighting spirit. Paul lived life on his terms and made meaningful connections with everyone in his life. During lockdown when visitations were restricted, Paul chose his niece, Ruby, as his essential visitor and she was honoured to fulfill this role. We all appreciate and thank Ruby for bringing laughter and comfort to Paul during the weekly visits. There were many health professionals who supported Paul over the years and we would like to especially acknowledge Dr. Collier. Despite the best efforts of the medical professionals on 6 South, Paul succumbed to a cardiac arrest.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 1:00 at the Plaza Hotel, Kamloops.
In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.Print This Obituary & Condolences