Leonard James Paugh “Whitey” – October 1937 – November 2013
It is with great sadness that our father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Whitey Paugh (age 76) passed away peacefully in Nelson B.C. on November 27, 2013.
His nickname was given to him early in his life due to the beautiful white locks he sported. Whitey was an avid sportsman and phenomenal athlete and his love of these two passions was transferred down to his children and grandchildren alike. He was also involved in making the infamous wooden crow for the Senior High School it was named after. Whitey was involved in baseball for most of his childhood and took that love of the sport to coaching. He took the first Babe Ruth team from Trail to the World Championships in Casper Wyoming where to this day his accomplishments are for public viewing at the Trail Memorial Centre. His travels included walking the Australian Outback, skiing the great slops of the world such as the Swiss Alps, and Lake Tahoe. He also was a ski instructor and a hunting guide. His work as a carpenter and as a millwright took him from Trail where he started his apprenticeship at Cominco to places throughout Canada including Newfoundland/Labrador, the Yukon and even places abroad. Whitey loved the water and found himself on Kootenay Lake where he chartered his boat to let others enjoy the great fishing the lake provided. His warm smile and endless stories attracted people young and old to take the time to sit down and get to know this truly wonderful man.
Whitey was predeceased by his mother Greta, father Eddie, and his first wife Elayne Rose. He has left behind a large family including his second wife Sharon Paugh, 5 siblings – Richard Paugh, Judy Carr, Sharon Jones, Dennis Paugh, and Patricia Paugh, 5 children – Debbie Lindberg, Teresa Paugh-Heintz, Scott Tatoiu, Andrea Chorney, and Carla Tatoiu and 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to a Trust Account at the TD Bank in Trail where funds will be donated to the Trail Little League Association in his name.
As requested by Whitey, a wake will be held at the Arlington Hotel, 925 Spokane Street, Trail B.C, November 30th at 12:00pm to celebrate his life. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca