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55 Charing Cross Street
Brantford, ON N3R 2H4
Phone: 519-753-8655
Fax: 519-753-1195
Paul Minard

Paul Charles Minard

Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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“Don’t think of it as dying”, said Death. “ Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush” -Terry Pratchett

Passed away suddenly at his home on July 14, in his 63rd year. Brother of Sheila Minard (Al Sherry 1986) of London, On and David (Mary Ann) Minard of Grimsby, On. Paul will be fondly remembered by many extended family members and friends. Predeceased by his parents Margaret Minard (2010) and Howard Minard (2011).
Paul was an exceptionally gifted piano player and musician/writer. In addition to piano, he played the tuba, recorders and harmonica, and composed many songs. Paul was lucky enough to spend his life making his living working at something he loved...playing the piano and entertaining audiences. He was offered his first professional “gig” at 7 years of age. At age 12, he played his first paying “gig”. During his high school years he played regularly at Pizza Chief. At age 17, he scored a new and original soundtrack to the play “Mother Courage”, performed by the North Park Collegiate Drama Club. At 18, he won the Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts award, with his original composition, Brass Ducks and Doorknobs. In 1989, he performed his composition “Home of the Dome” at the Toronto Argos Home Opener game, in front of 60,000 people, the very first one in the new Skydome. He was accompanied by members of The Boss Brass and Peter Appleyard. Paul has recorded with several top Canadian musicians, including Moe Koffman, Tiki Mercury Clark, Peter Appleyard and others. Paul was fortunate to cruise the world during the 10 years he spent playing on cruise ships. He has played all over Canada from coast to coast. He has spent the last several years voluntarily sharing his talents at the John Noble Home and Hankinson house. Paul was always a champion for the under dog, and always tried to help others. When he was forced to start using a wheelchair, he made it his mission to try and improve the lives of all physically challenged people in his community. He advocated for better ramps, smoother sidewalks, and easier access to buildings. Paul was a kind soul, loving and trusting, always seeing the good in others. He enriched the lives of all those who knew him.

“No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away” Terry Pratchett

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Dennis Toll Funeral Home
    Address
    55 Charing Cross St.
    BRANTFORD, ON N3R 2H4
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  • Service

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Dennis Toll Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    55 Charing Cross St.
    BRANTFORD, ON
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  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    169 Charing Cross Street
    BRANTFORD, ON N3R 2J3
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Dave Kennedy

Posted at 06:34pm
Hello- I had the pleasure of working with Paul in local bands Jacob and Apothecary back in the 70's with him on keyboards and I ran the soundboard lights and ensured they got to the gigs.I expect Mark Styles, Phil Nelson and Paul are likely jamming together now. Sorry for your loss, cetainly gone too soon. Dave Kennedy.
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Laura Kittridge

Posted at 03:14pm
I am sorry for your loss. I went to North Park with Paul. I loved to hear him play piano. He was a wonderful, gifted person and will fondly remembered by many people.
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Cheryl

Posted at 12:28pm
I am so sorry for your loss of Paul. His fingers were magic on the piano and could get anyones' spirits up when he played.
The world is a lesser place without him in it.
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Doug Caldwell

Posted at 11:47am
Back in about 1970 I was Paul"s Camp Counsellor in a cabin group of 8 campers for 4 glorious weeks in the Haliburton Highlands. We spent the summer sailing , swimming, water-skiing, making crafts, canoe-tripping in Algonquin Park and generally celebrating life.
Paul brought smiles, laughter, music and much happiness to all those lives he touched that summer.
It is to Paul's credit and our benefit that he continued to spread this joy for the rest of his life.
For the next 49 or so years we have kept in regular touch with one another and he continually apprised me of his latest exploits in music and life. His passion and positivity for new ventures never waned as he excitedly shared his ongoing enthusiasm for new ideas and initiatives.
Thank you Paul for giving our world more smiles, better music and great joy.
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ANDREA-ELISE Evans

Posted at 09:39pm
Long time friend who I will dearly miss. A very talented and generous musician of unparalleled quality.
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