Rice, Paul Glen

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Paul Rice announces his passing, peacefully at home with family by his side on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Loving, devoted father of Liam and Ava. Beloved son of Sherry and Wayne Rice. Deeply missed by his sister Tanya Rice. Dear uncle to Reeve and Kendall Suggitt. Much-loved nephew and godson of Cathy (Dan) Sherman and Donald (Dawn) Rice. Cherished cousin to Jill Sherman and Denver Rice. Special friend and co-parenting partner of Melissa Rice (Bruder). Treasured by his extended family and many friends. Predeceased by his grandparents Bill and Helen Peters, and Ruby and Don Rice.

Paul lived his life and pursued his passions with unending energy. He loved to create lasting memories for his family and his sense of humour and charisma could light up a room. He bravely faced his cancer diagnosis and taught us a great deal about friendship, love, patience, and compassion. More than anything, he loved being a dad. He was an inspiration to his children and was extremely proud of the young adults they are becoming. Paul was gifted musically, playing and studying guitar since he was a teenager. He loved carpentry, and created countless beautiful woodworking projects over the years. He looked forward to summer trips every year and loved to spend warm sunny days at cottages, going camping, fishing, and soaking up the sun. Paul worked extremely hard in his professional life, obtaining his Engineering degree through many years of part time study at McMaster University. He was the Assistant Plant Engineering and Maintenance Manager at Toyota Boshoku in Elmira and was very respected by all of his past and present colleagues. Paul always put other people’s feelings first. To everyone who knew him, he was generous and kind-hearted, as well as being a positive influence in many peoples’ lives. His warm smile and ability to make us all laugh will be sorely missed.


Paul’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated team of doctors at London Health Sciences Centre – London Regional Cancer Program, especially Dr. Eric Winquist, Dr. John Yoo, and Dr. Anthony Nichols, as well as the committed team of nurses from ParaMed Home Health Care, Kitchener, and Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network, eShift Care Partners for their outstanding home care and compassion.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Paul’s life will be announced and held at a later date due to provincial restrictions on public gatherings. As expressions of sympathy, donations to London Health Sciences Foundation – London Regional Cancer Program (https://lhsf.ca/) are appreciated by the family.




Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


  • By Mary Elizabeth Frye



If the sun

Refused to shine

I would still be

Loving You

When mountains

Crumble to

The sea

There will still be

You and Me


  • Led Zeppelin “Thank You” lyrics, chosen by Liam



So close, no matter how far

It couldn’t be much more from the heart

Forever trusting who we are

And nothing else matters


  • Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” lyrics, chosen by Ava
10 replies
  1. Kirsty McGrorty
    Kirsty McGrorty says:

    Perhaps they are not stars but rather Openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones Shines Down to let us know they are Happy
    My sincere condolences to the family during this very difficult time.
    I love ya Paul…until we meet again.
    Rest easy dude xoxo

  2. Tara
    Tara says:

    My sister, my mom and I, had a few drinks tonight, in your honor Paul.
    My sister and I told our mom tons of stories/memories that we had of you!! We laughed, we cried and we listened to some of your favorite songs.
    Even though it has been awhile since we have spoken, I have always had an unspoken bond with you, that will forever live on in my heart!!!

    To Paul’s family and close friends…I am truly sorry for your loss!! I hope you all have many amazing memories of Paul, to help you through this incredibly hard time!!!

    Paul, I will sincerely miss the heck out of you, and I hope that we will meet again one day!!!

    RIP Paul

  3. Nathan Sterling
    Nathan Sterling says:

    Love and deepest condolences to all of Paul’s family and friends. I will never forget playing guitar and shredding Metallica with you Paul. Such a gift.

  4. Paul & Debbie Chortos
    Paul & Debbie Chortos says:

    My heart goes out to Paul’s Mom, Dad,
    Tanya and her girls.
    It’s easy to say he’s in a better place free of his pain but your hearts hurt for Paul.
    My love and prayers go out to you all ❤️❤️

  5. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    All my love, dear friend. A beautiful commemoration for a beautiful brother, father, friend. My deepest condolences to all the family.

  6. Buffy & Rick Robblee
    Buffy & Rick Robblee says:

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you all from your extended family. “Fly Like An Eagle, Paul!”

  7. Liana-Erika MacDonald
    Liana-Erika MacDonald says:

    I’m truly sorry for the pain and suffering you are all going through. I pray constantly for your family through this time. I know we dont know each other but you’ve been in my prayers. Peace be with you all.

  8. Donna Bruder
    Donna Bruder says:

    Knowing Paul for so many years and father of my grandkids, I can’t even begin to express how sad I feel for Sherry and Wayne and Tanya, Liam, Ava and Melissa. I get emotional everyday just thinking of this young life taken far too soon. At least his suffering is over. It’s just plain terrible. My love and prayers to all of you.


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