Shannon, John “Paul”

February 21, 1939 – January 9, 2022
at the age of 82 years:

           Celebration of life for Paul will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022, 1pm at the Elks Hall.

The family of John Paul Shannon invite all who had the privilege of knowing him to join us to celebrate  his life.  There will be an open microphone to share stories. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

If you are unable to attend in person we invite you to join us online.  To register for the ZOOM presentation please click the link under Paul’s obituary at

In lieu of flowers, Paul requested donations be made to: The Royal Canadian Legion, Enderby Branch #98  and/or St. John Anglican Church, Salmon Arm

Your life was a blessing
Your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words and
Missed beyond measure.

It is with great sadness that John Paul Shannon died suddenly at home on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at the young ripe age of 82, he was born on February 21st, 1939 in Long Branch, Ontario.

Paul was much loved by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Shannon (Powell), his three children: Michael, Kathleen, and Laureen Shannon, seven grandchildren.  He was predeceased by Sabrina, Ron, Austin, Victor, Jory, Joshua, Kayden, and one great grandson: Jaxon.

Paul was a great storyteller, and it was always an adventure when you were with him. He loved being involved and took an active role in the community. Paul will be sadly missed by friends and family!

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  1. Very sad to hear of his passing. Although I didn’t know him for very long, he loved his family deeply and had a huge heart and curious mind. Sending my most sincere condolences to the family.

  2. Harry and I would like to send you, Paul’s family, our deepest condolences. I have looked at his picture in the paper many times and I have to say neither of us can believe he is gone. So I cannot begin to imagine how you, his family, must feel or how much you all must miss him. Again it is with sadness that we send you our heartfelt condolences.

    Harry VanWoerden & Nancy Cooper

  3. I first met Paul at RCAF Station Rockcliffe in Ottawa. Paul was always a real character, lively, friendly and warm hearted.Over those 60 years Paul was always respectful and caring of his friends and colleagues. We both served Canada in the Canadian Foreign Service. Paul and Eleanor have stayed good friends over those 60 years. We extend to Eleanor, Mike, Kathy and Laureen our sincere condolences. We will miss him very much.

  4. Hugh and I always looked forward to seeing Paul climb the stairs from the Visitors’ penalty box at Silverbacks’ hockey games and stop by our seats to chat about the game-in-progress. Paul loved hockey and he was dedicated to our home-town team. Paul also served his community in other ways: Salmon Arm Citizens Patrol, BC Liberal Party, North Okanagan Shuswap Conservative Association, Royal Canadian Legion, and St John the Evangelist Anglican Church. Paul’s enthusiasm and willingness will be missed by many.

  5. We were shocked and saddened to hear about Paul’s passing. We knew him as both a proud Legion and ex military member. We were always sure of getting some good stories and information from him. He will be missed. Our condolences to Eleanor and family.

  6. We knew Paul from St. John’s in Salmon Arm. Very sorry to learn of his passing.
    Sharron & Dave Reed

  7. I fondly remember staying with Paul’s family while attending a union meeting in Brussels in 1978/79. I believe it was Laureen who kindly gave up her bedroom to accommodate us.
    Paul and I also worked at DFAIT (now GAC) and were on the same shift on several occasions. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
    R.I.P. dear friend

  8. My condolences for the loss of your Husband, Father and friend. Paul was a co-worker at Foreign Affairs and it was always very pleasant to work with him and to enjoy his company. He was a kind person and the world would benefit from more folks like Paul. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with the family . He will remain in our thoughts.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I knew him from St John’s. He was always smiling, very positive and kind. He will be sadly missed and always remembered!

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