Paul (André) Babin

September 17, 2021 32 Condolences Print Obituary

Born April 19,1978
Passed Away September 2, 2021 Edmonton, AB. at age 43

Paul leaves to mourn:
2 daughters: Gabrielle Babin, & Vivienne Babin
Melanie Murray (Micheal) & all of Melanie's family
Mother: Denise Thèberge (Ron), Step-father Jean-Pierre Thèberge (Kathy)
Brothers: Eric Babin (Nancy) Mathieu, Charlotte & Danica
Jonathan Theberge (Melissa) Carson, Cayden, Haylee & Ayviah Jacques Theberge (Sara+)
Biological Father: Yves Babin
Uncle: Denis Babin
Grandmother: Noëlla Bernier Babin

Paul my SON....It is so difficult to even imagine that you have left us. My second son, born in Montreal, P.Q., weighing 9lbs, healthy, vibrant and with all your fingers and toes, charming, and always smiling.

At the age of 4, we moved to Alberta, in my home town of Falher. Paul was raised with 3 brothers. Paul attended Ecole Routhier School in Falher, always a good student who loved to learned and excelled in all subjects. He later attended the francophone school in Jean-Cote, (Ecole Heritage) where he graduated. While attending school at Ecole Heritage, he had a teacher that was very tall, and Paul would always tell (his favorite teacher) Mr. Larry Lynch, that one day he would like to be as tall as him, 6' feet7"inches. Well, he did manage to even surpass him in height. Paul was gifted with the ability to learn easily, with not much effort. He was very patient, when it came to making puzzles, building Lego's, and solving the Rubic's Cube.

While growing up, he helped his younger brothers with homework. He was a mentor to his youngest brother Jacques, as they seem to have a lot of the same interests. He introduced him to the world of computers, science experiments, and his magic tricks. He wanted to become a magician, but he had natural teaching qualities.  He later developed a passion for photography.

His kind heart, easy going bubbly personality, made him fun to be around. He always liked to make people laugh. He also was my Mr. Fix-it. After he left home, he would come for visits and ask if I had anything to fix around the house: often I did and he was proud to be of help.

He moved with us to Fairview, AB around 1999, and about 6 months later he had a friend (Mike Belksma) offered him to come work at ABB Vetco Gray in Edmonton. This was the start of his career in the oil and gas industry. He worked in the shop, and learnt how to build oil heads. He loved this job. One day the whole office was upset due to a breakdown in the computer system. Paul said, 'I could look at it, and see if I can do anything, to help.' Help he did, he solved the problem and they discovered Paul's talent with computers. Soon after he was promoted to a desk job, with computers. The Calgary office got wind of this, and wanted Paul to transfer to Calgary. The boss said, 'whenever you are ready, that office door has your name on it.' He moved to Calgary and became a proud inside sale representative at Streamflo Industries Ltd. I was told he was one of their best employees. Although he loved his work, the GREATEST LOVE OF HIS LIFE were his DAUGHTERS, GABY and VIVI. He was passioned about teaching them all that he could, and broadening their horizons. When they were young toddlers, Melanie would make supper, and he would clean-up, take care of the girls' baths, and read them their bedtime stories. He was a loving father, and took pride that his daughters were going to be bilingual... opening doors for future careers.

In 2012 he came to me saying that he felt something different in himself, having difficulty experiencing happiness. He did not know what was happening to him.

This placed stress on the family life. It really was no one's fault, but in 2013 he suffered a breakdown. Normal working life became harder. The marriage broke down, and he was devastated. He battled a debilitating mental illness, 'bi-polar'

In 2020, he lost his job, then Covid-19 hit us all, he re-located to Edmonton to be close to his girls. Life became very difficult for him.

Family always encouraged him and tried to put hope back into his life.

He sadly succumbed to the illness, and passed away on September 2nd, 2021.

Anyone who knew Paul, will always remember him as an energetic, loving Dad who loved to laugh, cheer everybody, play tricks, and have FUN....

LIFE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!! His life continues through all of our wonderful memories. We will miss you dearly, and one day, we will all be joined to be joyful and have fun again!

Rest in Peace until we are all together!

Ta famille qui t'aime pour toujours!

If friends and family wish, donations may be made to:

1: “Prosper Place” prosperplace.org/donate
csimpson@prosperplace.org

2: Cheque or e-transfer to
murray.melainelynn@gmail.com
RBC - RESP - Gabrielle Babin
RBC - RESP - Vivienne Babin

  1. My deepest condolences to Paul’s family.
    I have good memories of Paul from the school years. The good old Falher days. He was kind and a good sense of humour.
    I don’t know where life took Paul after graduation as we lost touch.
    Take Care.
    Danielle (Lepage)

    • Thank-you Danielle! Merci! Ton partage est bien apprécié, et réconfortant.

  2. Sympathie to Paul family and friends RIP Paul

    • Thank-you very much for sharing these personal moments of your loss also. Yes, when I have sad moments, I try to think of your advice, and remember happy moments we spent together in the last year together in Edmonton. Life is suppose to be fun, he told me.

  3. I was fortunate to call Paul my friend for many years in Calgary. Unfortunately we lost touch a few years ago. He was truly one of a kind and I am very sad that he lost his battle. I have many cherished memories, one that sticks out right now, is a time that I lost my grandfather, a few days later I went to Paul and Mel’s house for a dinner party (they had a lot of wonderful dinner parties), and I was telling Paul why I was sad. He was very kind to me, and he said I know you are sad, what you can do, is spend time with your friends and those you love, go to dinner parties and honor them by laughing again, living your life, finding happiness in these moments. So this is advice from Paul I will re-share now. My sincere condolences to Paul’s family and friends.

  4. Our most sincere condolences to Paul’s family. We fondly remember him as ‘tall Paul’- one of the only people I knew taller than my husband. His heart was always so huge and kind to those he loved and he was always up for a good tease and laugh. Although we hadn’t seen each other in years and years this absolutely shatters my heart that he struggled so much. Thank you for being open and honest about his struggles. It is important for other people to know they are not alone. We are so heartbroken for his girls and his family. 💔

  5. My deepest condolences to Paul’s family, Melanie and the girl, take care of all of you

  6. Condolences to Paul family RIP Paul !!

  7. My deepest sympathies Denise and family. Tall Paul will be missed!!

  8. I am saddened by the news of Paul’s passing away. Such a wonderful guy. My condolences to his relatives, his former spouse and his daughters. RIP Paul.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Nancy & family
    So hard to see someone struggle & suffer
    Rest in Peace Paul

  10. May the fond memories you have of Paul help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our deepest sympathies. Sending you hugs.

  11. Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille. Que les plus souvenirs de lui vous apporte réconfort en ce temps difficile. xo

  12. Chère Denise
    Je suis tellement attristée par cette triste nouvelle. Je me souviens encore quand vous êtes arrivés à Falher pour travailler à la Résidence. La dernière fois que j’ai vu Paul j’étais avec Odette et nous avons pris un verre avec lui au Cozy lounge à Falher. Nous avons tellement rit que nous avions mal au vente et aux joues. Il a passé la veillée avec nous. La petite Odette avec le grand Paul. J’ai même une photo à quelque parts. Je ne peux m’imaginer le vide qu’il va laisser dans vos vies. Je te serre fort dans mes bras et je prie pour la petite famille qu’il laisse derrière. All my condolences goes to you, and to all family members especially to his girls and ex-wife. 😢♥️🙏🙏

  13. Ma chère Denise et famille; there are no words that can express the loss you are feeling at this time. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Always remember and cherish the good times, they will pull you through. Big hugs!
    💞💞🙏🙏

  14. My condolences to Paul’s entire family!
    Although we lost touch in the last 25 years since graduating, I’ve thought of him often. And even though we no longer kept in touch, the news of his passing really hit hard.
    Rest In Peace my friend
    I will always have fond memories of you

  15. Chère Denise et famille
    Mes sincères condoléances. Merci pour ton partage de ton garçon. Tu peux être fière de ses réussites. Dommage qu’il a tellement souffert.
    Amitié
    Diane Therriault

  16. I was deeply saddened by the news of Paul’s passing. My deepest condolences to Denise, Eric, and the rest of the family.

  17. Sinceres condolences a toute la famille…priere et force en vous dans ses tristes moments

  18. Our condolences to the family. Nos sympathie, Denise et famille.

  19. Mes plus sincères sympathies à toi Denise et ta famille… merci pour ton beau partage…. beaucoup d’Amour ❤️

  20. Deepest condolences to you Denise, to his children and all those who loved him. Sending love, prayers, and healing thoughts…

  21. I am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you! Losing a child would be devastating, it is not the order in which life is supposed to work, so we can never be prepared for it. I pray that knowing that he is at peace now and is free from the pain he was experiencing here, will help you heal from your sorrow!
    He will surely be welcomed with open arms into the afterlife and feel the happiness and love that his illness so cruelly took away!
    You wrote a beautiful biography, I’m sure he would be very pleased with this tribute to his life!
    Sending hugs and prayers to the whole family!

  22. Je viens d’apprendre les tristes nouvelles concernant Paul. Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi Denise ainsi qu’à tous les proches de Paul. Je garde de beaux souvenirs d’un jeune homme bien jovial. Repose en paix cher Paul.

  23. Mes plus sincères sympathies ma chère Denise. Merci pour ton beau partage de ton fils Paul.🙏🙏❤️

  24. Mes plus sincères condoléances Denise et toute la famille. De notre enfance à l’adolescence (incluant de nombreuses soirées dans votre cave à Falher à écouter de la musique et jouer aux billards) à notre vie d’adulte, je garderai toujours des milliers de beaux souvenirs. Je suis de tout coeur avec vous. xo

  25. Nos plus sincères condoléances a toi Denise et ta famille.
    On ne peut qu’imaginer la peine déchirante de perdre un fils.
    Bon courage et que Le Seigneur vous donne la force nécessaire afin de survivre une telle tragédie

  26. Mes sympathies a tout ceux qui étaient proche a Paul. Il était tellement une belle personne et je le comptais parmi mes meilleurs amis de la 7e à 12ème année. J’ai de tellement beaux souvenirs de lui.

  27. Our sincere condolences Denise, Jean-Pierre and all of Paul’s family!

  28. Paul you were one of kind, I have many fond memories of happy times together; always smiling, always positive. I’m so saddened to hear you have lost your courageous battle. Sincere condolences to all that have lost this wonderful friend, brother, and father. You made so many people happy in your short time here.

  29. Denise, my heart goes out to you and your family, to Paul’s two beautiful daughters, and with all others who are grieving the loss of your son Paul. I have no doubt his presence remains in the heart of many.

  30. Sincere Thank-you! To Everyone who shared their thoughts, and personal experiences, of fun, joy, and laughter that my son Paul, may have brought to you in life. Yes! we will all miss him dearly, and will keep his joyful spirit alive by continuing to find happiness, in some of our personal challenges.
    Merci à tous! Pour les beaux témoignages, et partages de Paul. Ceci réchauffe mon coeur, et m’apporte beaucoup de bonheur, malgré ma tristesse. Très réconfortants, de ressentir l’amour et l’amitié de chacun.

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