Royal and Merchant Navy (UK). Captain of the Wairau, Bluff. General Manager of Shipping at Tiwai Aluminium Smelter for 22 years. On Thursday, February 24, 2022, passed peacefully at Christchurch Hospital, aged 76 years. Greatly missed by Barbara, his wife of 44 years. Loving father of Jennifer, Steve, and Christine, and step-father of Philippa, Elizabeth, and Mark. A treasured grandfather. Uncle of Marius, Marcus, and Kim (USA). Reunited with his dear sister Avril Valdes. Fondly remembered for his humour, storytelling, strong spirit and sheer determination to battle a long illness. Loved by his fur baby, Patrick the cat. Thanks to the nurses of Ward 12 at Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Clinic and The Order of St John. The family ask that a flower be planted in Paul’s memory. A private cremation has been held. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date, details to be advised.