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Paul Hames

July 10, 1964

September 25, 2023

Paul Hames, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on September 25, 2023, at the age of 59, after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind a deep void in the hearts of his loved ones. Paul is survived by his children, Kevin from Cleveland, Ohio, and Robin (Chris) from Pearland, Texas. He was the cherished son of Sandra and Jim Hames, and a beloved brother of Phil (Maureen), Cheryl (Paul), and Lesley (Pierre). Paul also leaves behind his adored dog, Lady.

In the world of sports, Paul was recognized for his exceptional talent as an athlete. He was highly regarded in the soccer community of Sarnia and London. Paul played for esteemed teams such as the Bluewater and London City football clubs. His abilities led him to represent the Ontario Provincial team, the Canadian National Youth Team, and he was even selected for the Canadian Men’s Olympic team. Paul’s skills garnered attention from the NASL’s Vancouver Whitecaps, who drafted him in the first round. Furthermore, he earned a soccer scholarship to Cleveland State University, where he demonstrated his prowess on the field and was later inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Building upon his passion for sports, Paul became a respected Physical Education teacher and a successful soccer coach in the Cleveland area.

In addition to his accomplishments, Paul leaves behind a vast network of family and friends that spans across England, Cleveland, Texas, and Sarnia. Among his dear friends in Cleveland, special mention goes to Mike Battista, Dave Rainier, Robbie Trump, and Justin Shields, whose bond with Paul will forever be treasured.

A private service has already taken place to honor Paul’s memory. The Hames Family expresses gratitude to all the kind friends, neighbors, and the supportive Bank of Montreal Staff who stood by their side during this challenging time. In remembrance of Paul, a tree will be planted at Lakeview Cemetery, ensuring his legacy lives on.

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