Paul Cormier, 71, of Dieppe, passed away on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at The Moncton Hospital. Born on April 29, 1946 in Notre-Dame, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Robichaud) Cormier.
Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver and Owner / Operator with Day and Ross for over 30 years. Paul won several awards at Day & Ross including Broker of the Year and a million accident free miles. In the 1960’s, Paul immigrated to the United States and lived in Waltham, Mass where his courtship with Phyllis began. In Waltham, Paul worked for White’s Garage as a Heavy Tow Truck Operator. After the marriage to Phyllis and the birth of their Children, Paul relocated back to New Brunswick where he began an excavation business.
After retirement, Paul and Phyllis enjoyed travelling to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Las Vegas, among others.
Paul loved classic country music and it was a big part of his life. From the first date with Phyllis at a Kitty Wells concert to spending much of his free time playing guitar and entertaining at retirement / veterans homes and hospitals. He also enjoyed camping in Bouctouche with his family and friends in the summers where he was affectionately known as the "Mayor" of the campground. Paul was always willing to lend a helping hand and assist anyone in need. He will be remembered for his "unique" style of humor.
During his children’s younger years, Paul was very involved in their activities. From his son’s hockey to helping with 560 Moncton Army Cadets, he was never too busy for his family. He was also a big hockey fan, player and coach.
In addition to his beloved wife of 52 years, Phyllis (Roy), he is survived by his daughter, Paulette LeBlanc and her husband Bill of Honolulu, Hawaii, and his son, Richard Cormier of Lucerne, Switzerland. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Christina LeBlanc of Dallas, Kyle, Justin, and James Cormier of British Columbia. Paul is also survived by one sister, Lucille Chenard (Jean-Paul Arsenault) of Moncton and three brothers: Alyre (Anne-Marie) of St-Antoine, Roy (Janice Mazerolle) and Ovila (Annette), both of Notre-Dame; one sister-in-law, Yvette Cormier of Waltham, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one grandson, Travis Cormier; and one brother, Raymond Cormier.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who came to know what a great person he was.
The family will receive condolences at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 88 Church Street, Moncton (858-1900) Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will be celebrated at Frenette Funeral Centre on Saturday April 21, 2018 at 10:30 am, with a reception to follow at the centre. Interment will be in Our Lady of Calvary cemetery, Dieppe. In memory of Paul, a contribution to the House of Nazareth would be appreciated to continue Paul’s legacy of helping others.
Words of comfort and donations may be made at www.frenettefuneralhome.com