Paul Frederic Hampton passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, Ont.
He was born July 1, 1932 in Regina, Sask.
Paul came to Rainy River, Ont. in 1938 with his parents and siblings by railcar. A year later, the family made their way to Crozier, a small community just west of Fort Frances, Ont.
His parents built and operated Hampton’s store on Highway 11 in Crozier.
Paul attended high school in Fort Frances and then teacher’s college at Western University in London, Ont. After graduating from teacher’s college, Paul began his teaching career in Fort Frances at Robert Moore School.
He taught in Fort Frances only one year, then moved to Atikokan, Ont. to teach and met Shirley Donaldchuk, who he married in 1962. Paul and Shirley moved to Dryden in 1963 and both began teaching at Dryden High School.
Paul spent the next 24 years at DHS, where he taught local students, specializing in his passion of geography. Paul retired from teaching in 1987.
Paul was an active person who really enjoyed participating in hockey, curling, fishing, hunting, and then most recently the Senior Games. Paul also loved to travel and explain in geographic terms the landscapes through North America.
As well, he had a great passion for the game of Bridge.
Paul was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the New Democratic Party of Canada.
Paul is survived by three children, Paul, John, and Lesley, all of Dryden, Ont.; two grandchildren, Dustin and Kyle of Dryden, Ont.; sister, Marion of Fort Frances, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, in 1989; mother and father, Lily and Paul Hampton; brother, George; and infant sister; Dorothy.
Paul will be remembered as a dedicated family man and teacher who loved the Northwestern Ontario area and everything it offered.
A funeral service to celebrate Paul’s life was held Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dryden, with Chaplain Doug Wightman officiating.
Interment of ashes will take place in the Dryden Cemetery at a later date.
If friends desire donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1.
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