PAUL JENNINGS

It is with great sorrow we announce the tragic death of Paul William Jennings in a motor vehicle accident on February 27, 2003 at the age of 49. Paul was the devoted husband and soul mate of 31 years to Brenda Jean (nee Anderson) and devoted father of son Tyler Paul (22), daughter Sheenah Dawn (20), and Melissa Henson (20), the daughter he embraced as his own. He is also survived by his parents, Ed and Freda Jennings of Victoria, brother Peter (Debra) of Calgary, sister Lindy (Les) Pinel of Vernon, and sister Lisa Jennings of Victoria. Paul was born in Epsom, England, immigrated to Canada at the age of 7 and grew up in the city of Calgary, where he attended Crescent Heights High School. Paul was a passionate and charismatic man whose love of sport and pursuit of excellence in everything he did led him to achievements many might aspire to but few could match. As a young man, Paul was a member of Canada’s National Men’s Ruby Program and a standout player of the Calgary Hornets Rugby team. He was a scuba diver, parachutist, avid golfer, snow boarder, wake boarder, practitioner of the martial arts, loved playing the guitar and the blues harp, and was a master in storytelling and jokes. His love of sport and his desire to spend time with his children also made him a great coach and mentor in baseball, hockey and basketball. Paul’s commitment to building wonderful personal relationships with everyone he touched led to his many successes in business. He started his career with Investors Group in 1986, where he quickly attained the designation of Certified Financial Planner. His ability to coach, motivate and mentor others led him to enter into a management role as an Associate Regional Director in Kelowna in 1988. He was promoted to Regional Director of the Fraser Valley Region in 1992, and moved back to the Okanagan in 1999 to take over the Okanagan North Region office in Vernon, which also included Kamloops, Merritt, Revelstoke, and Salmon Arm. He was a three-time recipient of the company’s T.O. Peterson and Master Director Awards for management excellence. Paul has always believed in giving back to his community, and has been a volunteer or sponsor with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way, the Vernon Figure Skating Club, the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club, Vernon Funtastic, Pee Wee Hockey, Performing Arts Centre, Vernon Vipers Hockey and was instrumental in bringing the “Up With People” group to the Interior. The many people Paul has touched will remember his generous heart, his sense of humour and way he close to live every day to the fullest. He will be sadly missed, but his spirit will live on. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 2 pm at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon. In lieu of flower, please make donations to your local Boys and Girls Club, 3300 37th Ave., Vernon V1T 2Y5. Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME 542-4333.