Passed away Peacefully, at Georgian Bay General Hospital, surrounded by his two children on May 27, 2024.


Born in Cochrane, Ontario, Paul was a proud and loving father to Karen Sauvé (Marc) and Greg Dumoulin and special grandfather (Poppy) of Sebastien Sauvé. Paul was predeceased by his parents Leo Dumoulin (Trois Rivières, Québec) and Florence Linklater (Fort Albany, Ontario) and by his son in law Matthew Sauvé. The youngest of thirteen children, Paul was predeceased by his siblings, Jessie, Donald, Pauline, Lester, Louise, Lawrence, Phillip, Roland, Romeo, Randolph, Ellen and Raymond. Much loved Uncle Richard to his nieces and nephews. Remembered by many lifelong friends, neighbours, and colleagues.


Paul’s career spanned thirty plus years, serving with the York Regional Police, Barrie Police and Ambulance Service back in the day at the old RVH in Barrie. We couldn’t go anywhere without him running into an old work buddy or a familiar face he hadn’t seen in awhile. As kids, we would wait, withering on a chair somewhere, certain our dad must know everyone in town. Paul had a soft spot for butter tarts, baked beans and homemade bread. He loved nothing more than pulling out his guitar and singing a few Hank Snow, Hank Thompson and Johnny Cash tunes. Paul toured Ireland with the York Regional Police Male Chorus. An experience that left a lasting impression and inspired him to try his hand at poetry. He could put some heat on a fastball and spike a horseshoe or two. Retired in 2010 from York Regional Police, Paul enjoyed his waterfront walks, chatting with complete strangers and making friends with their dogs.

We will miss our dad’s stories of growing up in Northern Ontario, his little drawings on every birthday and Christmas card, his reminders to lock our doors and put the outside lights on and his search for the perfect slice of cold cream pie.

Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the compassionate care and kindness shown to our dad during his time at GBGH ICU and in the RVH Cancer Care Program. Thanks for the memories, Dad. Until we meet again. Go Habs.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes, cremation has taken place. We invite you to celebrate Paul (“Blackie”) on Saturday July 13, 2024 at the ANAF Club, 52 Morrow Rd. Unit #365, Barrie from 1p.m. to 6p.m. Our dad loved a get together. Please join us while we share our stories and favourite memories. Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences online at


15 Condolences
  • Juanita Pantaleon
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 Reply

    Karen and Greg,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was such a great person. I remember fondly our chats when “dad” came into the store. I used to run into him getting bagels all the time! He had such kind and warm words of
    commendation for me when I ran into him after having Parker. He will be missed. May your memories and your hope comfort you in the days to come.

    Much Love,
    Juanita Pantaleon

  • Phyllis Hutchinson
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 Reply

    I am sorry for your loss

  • Steven Dumoulin
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 Reply

    Karen, Greg and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We wish you our deepest condolences. Uncle Richard was a “one of a kind”. He always had a joke or impression to get us lounging out loud. I enjoyed the times when all the uncles would get together and have some bevies and play some guitar. He will surely be missed. Thinking of you guys, big hugs from all of us.
    Steve, Rhonda, Katelyn, and Franky. ❤️

  • Diane Grasmeyer
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    Sending you my deepest condolences to you and your family Karen-on the loss of your Father .
    Diane’ Grasmeyer

  • Diane Grasmeyer
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad.

  • Mary Lou Justason
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    Long ago, during the days of RVH on Rose Street, I worked alone on nights in the Emerg. Department. I always enjoyed it when Paul was around. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Mary Lou Justason

  • Linda Dubreuil
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    So very sorry for your loss Karen. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Corena Dumoulin
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    My heartfelt condolences to Karen, Greg and families
    Your Dad was so sweet and kept in touch with me regularly. I will hold our conversations dearly in my heart.

  • The Sauvé’s
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    Our condolences in this difficult time. 💐

  • Sabrina Starr
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Reply

    Karen & Greg,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Just like Juanita I have fond memories of him coming into the store with a smile and chatting with the front girls. He will be missed. Sending my love and condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Sabrina Starr

  • Lindy Cudanin
    Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2024 Reply

    Dearest Greg and your sister.

    My name is Lindy Cudanin. I am the daughter of the late Elmore & Enoni Cudanin.

    Paul become close friends with our family over the last 5 years. He joined our Fellowship Group and remained a close friend even towards the end of his life with me.

    He loved us and the solidarity and care constantly displayed by his presence, or a phone call will always be appreciated. He had intimated to me he was ready for his Lord and Heavenly Father. The peace he spoke was encouraging and comforting though I imagine he was experience discomfort towards the end of his life.

    A good soul, kind heart, he will be missed.

    Here’s to you Paul. Thank you for the encouragement to keep the faith and encourage others to have hope and find something positive to hold on to with life. God Bless you Paul. Miss and love you.

    God Bless your family.

    Lindy Cudanin

  • Peter Jelley (retired YRP)
    Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2024 Reply

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. We shared many good laughs with the YRP Male chorus and I would bump into him at 50 Eagle Street from time to time. He was never short of a good joke and we’d spare back and forth about his beloved Habs and my Leafs. Paul was a true gentleman who carried with him an arsenal of stories, experiences and jokes.
    May the many memories that the family have of Paul, help you through this most difficult time.

  • David Morrison
    Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2024 Reply

    I worked with Paul at the court house in Newmarket. He a a great way of de-escalating volatile situations in the cells and enjoyed working with him. When the police chorus travelled to Ottawa for the police memorial Paul was in charge of the bar on the bus. I also travelled to Ireland with him what great times we had, lots of laughs and great memories.

  • Asri
    Posted on: Sunday, June 9, 2024 Reply

    Dear Karen and Greg,

    Indeed, GOD has the right to give and also take something from His servants because everything in this world is only a deposit from Him. May you and your family be given patience and fortitude for the departure of the deceased.
    I have so many memories with him, even if it’s only through online. 💖

    Best regards,

    Asri, Jakarta Indonesia

  • Sheri Williams
    Posted on: Monday, June 10, 2024 Reply

    Dear Greg & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care of each other


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