May 18, 1958 – Hanna, AB
Oct. 14, 2015 – Calgary, AB
It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Grant Steven Paulsen on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the age of 57 years.
This gentle giant believed in everyone he met and challenged them to be their best self, usually with a healthy dose of humour. Grant’s curiosity with the world and all things mechanical led him through several careers.
He started working away from home at age 15 with Uncle Dick at Evans Construction. Other ventures included pipelining, road construction, farming, plastics extrusion and injection molding, a mad-scientist toy-inventor, ending in oil and gas operations for Bonavista Energy. Along the way he earned dual tickets as a millwright-machinist.
Grant loved being outdoors, watching the seasons and animals, hunting and fishing, making sausage and then regaling everyone with all the adventures off-season. Occasionally, minor details might have been enhanced to improve the telling of the story. This curiosity also led him on many road trips across North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
He was always open to meeting new people, learning new things and finding out how everything worked. Mom had many things ruined when he took them apart to see the insides. But Grant never took himself too seriously and was up for any challenge.
Grant is survived by his loving wife Jaqui; the lights of his life his children, Patrick and Katherine; his mother Winnie; his siblings, Brad (Shellbea) Paulsen, Kim (Murray) Wasdal and Shelly (Tim) DeMaere; his in-laws, Bob (Marilyn) Grochmal, Jeff (Jennifer) Grochmal, Jill (Mike) Isaak and Donna (Randy) Newman; his nieces and nephews, Shelli, Nikki (Kevin), Ty, Kacie, Jaymie (Travis), Jordan (Kyle), Janelle (Denver),Paul, Wynne, Matthew, Sara, Jade, Noah, Caitlynn and Bre-Anne; and numerous extended family and friends. Grant was predeceased by his dad Paul in 1998; and in-laws Nancy and Bert Romyn in 2005.
A Celebration of Grant’s amazing life was held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association (AHEIA) at CanadaHelps.org or to a charity of your choice.
In living memory of Grant Paulsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by
McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES
Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100