We Remember


September 4, 1930 — June 8, 2024

The Valer family would like to share with you the passing of their beloved husband, father and great-grandfather Paul, at the age of 93 on Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kelowna B.C.

Dad’s passing to Heaven was peaceful and loving with his daughter by his side. He is survived by his wife Emelia; son Ron (Margo); daughter Debra; and nieces Arli (Garth, Palmer & baby on the way) and Erin (Fred, Luke, Austin & Ty).

Dad was born on September 4, 1930, in Monarch, Alberta, to parents Andrew and Elsie Valerjonovics, who immigrated to Canada from Hungary. He had four siblings including John, Andy, Elsie and his surviving sister Mary. They grew up in the time of horse-drawn buggies and Indigenous peoples living in traditional dwellings.

Mom and Dad were married in October 1953 in a small town in the Crowsnest Pass called Michel Natal, which sadly doesn’t exist today. Soon after, they had a son, Ron and a daughter, Debra. Dad began his proud working career with an esteemed company called Emil Anderson Construction. He became a heavy-duty equipment operator and was sought after for his astute skill in operating cranes. He was pivotal in putting the addition on the Capri Hotel back in the day.

The company moved him and his young family and coworkers alike, to several towns and cities throughout B.C. as the company was instrumental in building roads and highways around the province. Dad always spoke fondly and highly of how well Emil Anderson treated its employees. He worked tirelessly for them and was proud of it.

He and his young family eventually settled in Kelowna, B.C. in the upper Mission in a newly evolving forested subdivision where they bought a lot and solidified their lives. Dad transitioned to working with MidValley Construction, where he continued to help in building streets and roads in various subdivisions in a growing Kelowna.

After 40 years of working and providing amply for his family, Dad retired…and he became busier than ever. In addition to enjoying weekly pub luncheons with the guys, Dad was an avid hunter and fisherman, always out there with his son or close pals. Dad really loved being outside. He was an early riser and could usually be found outside tending to the yard and his prized garden. Dad loved his fresh salad every day. He loved to just chomp on raw onions, radishes, tomatoes and kalarabi etc… while looking up into the hillside with his binoculars for deer. He was always applauded by his neighbours for his immaculately mowed lawns. Whatever Dad did, he did it well and never rushed.

In his earlier days, Dad played a couple of instruments and also enjoyed golfing, and together, him and Mom were avid curlers and bridge players. Dad loved classic country and western music. He always thought of himself as a cowboy. As a family, we were big into camping too with dear family and friends.

Dad was a dedicated CFL fan of the B.C. Lions of course, making a yearly road trip with close friends to Vancouver to go to the horse races and then take in a Lions game afterwards. Watching the Lions isn’t the same without you, Dad.

Dad had this uncanny ability to fix ANYTHING! He was very resourceful that way. He also just knew so much about so many things.

Dad was definitely stoic and self-sufficient, but he was a softy at heart and very jovial and goofy…always making fun of words and phrases and keeping things light. He was a calm and real down to earth guy and very much a homebody.

We will love, cherish and miss you eternally, Dad. Thank you for being our father, husband and great-grandfather. We hold your heart in our hearts. There is a quietness without you.

Dad’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes to be scattered at a later date amongst family.

The Valer family would like to express their appreciation to and for family, friends and Caregivers for their love and support during Dad’s final days.

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