April 11, 1926 - January 4, 2016
Funeral Home Nepean - Garden Chapel
Paul Rhodes William Webb, CD, B.SC., P.Eng, C. Eng,
Squadron Leader (RCAF Retd.) WW2 veteran
April 11, 1926 – January 04, 2016.
Peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Sylvia (predeceased) then Marjorie (predeceased). Loving father of Clive (Iris), Valerie (John Donovan) and Timothy (Laurie). Grandfather to Katherine, Paul, Rosemary, Timothy, Mark, Thomas, Chiara and Kristina. Paul was born in Trinidad, British West Indies and educated in England. He joined the British Army as WW2 was drawing to a close. He was posted to the ‘hot spot’ of Palestine before receiving a commission in the Royal Engineers and returned to England and another ‘hot spot’: bomb and mine disposal. Paul emigrated to Canada in 1948. A brief spell as an engineer with the Shawinigan Hydroelectric Company preceded his RCAF commission in 1949. Radio, Navigation and Telecommunication postings included in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Holberg and NATO in Ramstein, Germany. His log book is filled with many interesting trips including a VIP trip to South America where he danced the tango in Rio de Janeiro, samba in Buenos Aires and rhumba in Havana ! Navigating back then was accomplished by star-shots, paper charts and mental math well before the digital age! Upon retirement from the RCAF as a Squadron Leader, he then served with the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce as a standards officer and with Canada Customs as a project engineer before retiring a second time. Not content to sit on his laurels, he formed his own consulting company for a few years before retiring permanently. He and Marjorie spent their retirement years happily landscaping their home, travelling and entertaining family and friends. He also indulged his passion for knowledge – building up a library of some 5000 books. He was a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as a long time member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK). Paul, a gentleman and good man his lifelong, always met adversity with resilience, determination and courage. His family wishes to thank the staff at Stillwater Creek Retirement Community for their kindness and professionalism this past year as well as the staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital ICU where he received tender care during his final days. Paul donated his body to the University of Ottawa Medical school. A private celebration of Paul’s life will be held for family in the future at a place to be announced.