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Paul John Evaskevich

09/10/1930 - 08/09/2023

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Obituary For Paul John Evaskevich

October 9, 1930 – September 8, 2023

Paul John Evaskevich, beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2023, at 92. He leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity, and community involvement that touched the lives of many.

Paul was born on October 9, 1930, in Kirriemuir, Alberta, the youngest of fourteen children to Anna and Alexander Evaskevich. His life journey led him to Grande Prairie in 1953, where he found the love of his life, Coreen Hotte, whom he married on July 15, 1961. Together, they embarked on a remarkable journey filled with love and adventure with their three children, Dorothy, Maureen, and Grant. Paul was a dedicated husband and father who worked tirelessly to provide for his family, ensuring they felt cherished and cared for every day.

Paul’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to obtain his real estate license shortly after moving to Grande Prairie. He founded Granco Real Estate and, by 1965, had acquired Alberta Lands and Rimrock Realty, expanding his ventures into building houses and apartments. Paul and Coreen realized their dream when they purchased Hidden Valley Ranch and built their dream home in 1991. The ranch became a hub of joy and celebration, where they hosted sled rides, barn dances, and unforgettable gatherings for friends and family.

Family always held a special place in Paul’s heart. He was unwavering in supporting Coreen, their children, and their grandchildren. His warmth, hugs, attention, and generosity knew no bounds, and he never asked for anything in return. He reveled in playtime with the children, eagerly embracing each opportunity for fun and laughter. He served as a pillar of strength, offering guidance and encouragement to his children and grandchildren, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.

An avid outdoorsman, Paul’s love for adventure and the great outdoors was contagious. He shared his passion for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and trail riding with his children and grandchildren, instilling a deep appreciation for nature in them. A true cowboy at heart, having grown up on a ranch, he cherished his Wapiti Lake trail rides with friends.

Paul’s wanderlust led him and Coreen to explore every corner of the globe. Music played a central role in the Evaskevich household. The melodies of cowboy songs, sung in harmony by Coreen and Paul with their guitars, filled the home. He even attempted to teach everyone the art of yodeling, without much success.

Despite the demands of raising a family and building a successful business, Paul remained deeply committed to giving back to his community. His dedication was evident through his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, as founding chairman of the Downtown Association, and in leadership roles with various organizations, including the Grande Prairie Real Estate Board, the Home Builders Association, and the Northwestern Polytechnic (formally Grande Prairie Regional College). Paul’s philanthropic spirit extended internationally, as he volunteered in Warsaw twice with Canadian Executive Services. His dedication was recognized with awards such as Kinsman of the Year and Rotarian of the Year, NWP Award of Distinction, and the Centennial Award. In 2022, Paul and Coreen generously established the Paul and Coreen Evaskevich Health Education Scholarship at Northwestern Polytechnic.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his thirteen siblings. He is survived by his loving wife, Coreen Evaskevich; his children Dorothy Evaskevich (Cam Marshall), Maureen Evaskevich, (Del Dorscheid), and Grant Evaskevich; as well as his cherished grandchildren Zachary MacDonald, Jessica MacDonald (Alex Kucey), Drew Cameron, Kate Cameron and Brielle Evaskevich (Brielle’s mom Kim), and niece Marilyn Stenvall, along with many nieces and nephews.

The service will take place at Bear Creek Funeral Home on Saturday, September 30, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The interment will take place in the Kirriemuir Cemetery in Kirriemuir, Alberta on Monday October 2 at 11am. Instead of flowers, a donation can be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

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Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 bcfh.ca

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30 Sep

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  • 07/10/2023

    My condolences to the family. Gayle Stevens

  • 30/09/2023

    Just finished watching the on line service. It was a beautiful service and a great tribute to Paul. He was a great friend. We will miss him. George and Jeanette Forrest

  • 30/09/2023

    Our deepest sympathies to you Coreen and family during this difficult time. Paul left a wonderful legacy for you and the rest of your family to be proud of. Paul was my boss, a great mentor and friend. A man of integrity, kindness, a gentleman and a gentle man, who touched many lives. His life was very well-lived, filled with accomplishments and adventures he shared with you Coreen and family. Thinking of you. Lloyd & Sandra.

  • 29/09/2023

    Fond memories of great Uncle Paul visiting the Ranch when we were young. Will never forget the energy and positivity that Paul brought with him, everyone was always excited for a visit with Uncle Paul. Rest in Peace Grant (& Kelly) Evaskevich Calgary

  • 20/09/2023

    Coreen our thoughts and feelings are with you. Paul's honesty, integrity and spirit will forever be with us in our hearts and minds. Paul was one of a kind and one of the strongest people I have known. He will be missed. We will be there with you in spirit on the 30th. sadly we won't be able to attend in person. Love to you and the family D'Arcy and Grace

  • 18/09/2023

    Coreen, I want to send you my deepest sympathy following the loss of your husband, Paul. This is going to be such a huge change to your life, but you are obviously a strong person, and will have many good memories to sustain you. Hugs to you!

  • 17/09/2023

    Sooooo very sorry for your tremendous loss. Paul was such a kind, generous, brilliant man. He will be missed, but never forgotten. Sending love, condolences, and hugs. A&W Kenefick

  • 17/09/2023

    A true pioneer who made his mark in life. Will miss u uncle Paul.

  • 15/09/2023

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Aunt Coreen, Dorothy, Maureen & Grant & families. Enjoyed the visits with Uncle Paul. Hugs fromLinda & Harry Shoemaker.

  • 14/09/2023

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Paul was a great man, a great husband and father. RIP Paul. Dar Repka-Smith

  • 14/09/2023

    Sending our most heartfelt condolences to Coreen and families!

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