Cancade, Paul Alfred

October 9, 1924 – February 4, 2017
at the age of 92 years

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 60 First St. SE, Salmon Arm commencing at 10:30 am on Saturday February 18th, 2017. Reception to follow.

On February 4, 2017, Paul passed away peacefully in his 92nd year after a short battle with cancer.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Paul, who was born October 9, 1924 in Finlay, Manitoba, settled with his family in Thunder Bay. In 1940, at the age of 16, Paul being the eldest, left school to help out the family,  and began work at the then, Canada Car Manufacturing Plant, building Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft flown in the WWII war effort. In 1942 Paul enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy training in Winnipeg and then with the Pacific Fleet on the West Coast of BC. Upon completion of gunnery training, Paul was posted on a Fairmile Motor Torpedo Boat patrolling the Juan de Fuca Straight on anti-submarine missions. He then volunteered for overseas Motor Torpedo Boat service under Atlantic command and was shipped out to Halifax. Since Paul was trained on 4″ guns and the MTB had only antiaircraft guns, he was not allowed to proceed. He was then sent to Baltimore, Maryland to serve as a gunnery officer on a Corvette Warship. He spent the remainder of the war on Corvette anti-submarine Patrol Duty. They led and escorted convoys moving war supply freighters heading overseas, between New York to Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. While in New York he had the pleasure of seeing Frank Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall.
Discharged in October 1945, Paul then took a carpentry course through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked as a carpenter on various construction sites throughout Northwestern Ontario and as a cabinet maker at Port Arthur Shipbuilding. Being the entrepreneur that he was, he formed  Cancade Cabinets Ltd., building cabinets, carrying out home renovations and performing light commercial work. The logo on the side of his blue ford 1/2 ton had the picture of a beaver…and that was Paul….busy as a beaver.
Paul married Amelia (Millie) Mesywitch in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) on May 3rd, 1947. Together they built a very successful Cancade Cabinets which expanded to include  a paint and hardware store. Millie worked as the bookkeeper, estimator, sales person, and right hand to Paul.
Paul and Millie retired in 1988 and moved to Salmon Arm in January 1996.  They traveled in their motor home in Canada and the United States, also travelling with the Shuswap Sunbirds RV Club.
Paul was an avid alpine skier, played golf, and curled in the winter and enjoyed these activities with his many friends in Salmon Arm.
Paul joined Citizens on Patrol and went on his first patrol April 26, 1996 with Millie as his partner. Paul is a Past President of Citizens On Patrol and held positions as a shift coordinator and special events coordinator Millie passed away on June 23, 2003 after spending 57 years together.
Paul was predeceased by his mother and father, his daughter, Barbara Morancy; his sister, Jean Lukaway; as well as brother’s Henry and Maurice.  Survived by his son Gregg and his wife Casandra and their children Kipling and Ferguson; daughter Sandra Jondreau and Jim McGregor and their children Michael and Catherine.  Paul is also survived by his companion Val Von Matt, his sister, Anna Semenowich, and Brothers Cecil of Victoria, Bobby from Winnipeg. Also survived by many nephews and nieces, grandson Andy Morancy, great grandson Roby Morancy, Al & Carol Morancy and good friends Joan and Gordon Crompton of Thunder Bay.  
Family and friends wish to thank Dr. Venter, the nurses and staff of the Shuswap lake General Hospital and the Piccadilly Care Centre for the competent, respectful and compassionate care they provided Paul.
In keeping with his spirit, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Paul was cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 60 First St. SE, Salmon Arm commencing at 10:30 am on Saturday February 18th, 2017. Reception to follow.
Paul’s Organization Memberships included;
50 year member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus
62 year member of the 3rd degree Knights of Columbus
Past Grand Knight # 1130 Thunder Bay
Member St. Andrew’s Church Thunder Bay
Member St. Joseph’s Church Salmon Arm
Past Vice President Thunder Bay  Naval Association
Past President St. Andrew’s Boy Scouts
Past President Citizens Patrol Salmon Arm
Member Shuswap Sunbirds RV Club
Member Strata Board at 10th and 10th
Member Salmon Arm Curling Club
Member Club Shuswap Golf Club
Charter Member Lakehead Search & Rescue
Charter Chairman Knights of Columbus 1130 Charitable Foundation


  1. We met Paul through Val a number of years ago and always enjoyed his company – such a vibrant and fun loving guy. He will be missed at our annual Canada Day party.

  2. we are so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing our condolences to Val and the family… It was so nice to have got to meet him and known him a little. Only got to play a little golf and curling but found him to be a great person to know and by the obit see that there was so much to Paul and that he must have touched many along the way. Gods speed Paul

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