It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Paul Dorcas announce his death on Friday, April 3, 2020 after living bravely with Parkinson's Disease for several years. He was born in Fredericton in 1944.
Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jolène LeBlanc, who was the love of his life. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Albertine LeBlanc, his sisters-in-law Dr. Paulette LeBlanc (Rhéault Dumas), Louise LeBlanc, Denise LeBlanc (Michel Goguen), and brother-in-law Marcel LeBlanc (Jane Xing), as well as nieces Natasha Goguen, Sophie Dumaine (Marc), Danielle Nowe and Kristin LeBlanc, and his nephew Michael Grant (Amy). He is also survived by aunts Joyce Jones, Cecile Dorcas and Lois Dorcas, his uncles Wilfred Dorcas (Gladys), Vernon Dorcas (Doris) and Robert Dorcas (Dorothy). He is also survived by several cousins and many close friends and by his godson, Matthew Osuna Rodriguez and Matthew’s parents, Maikel Rodriguez, Leyda Osuna Rodriguez and brother Kevin Rodriguez.
Paul was predeceased by his father, Ross Dorcas, his mother, Jean Urquhart Dorcas, his father-in-law Antoine LeBlanc, his brother-in-law Philip Nowe and a niece Chantal Nowe, his aunts Christina Hart (Art), Florence Dorcas, Gertude Weeks (Donald), Eva Bartlett (Robert), Greta Wallace (Bill), Shirley Dorcas and Ella Lovely (Gordon). He was also predeceased by uncles Harold Dorcas, Eugene Dorcas (Helen), Leslie Dorcas (Mary), Ralph Dorcas, William Urquhart (Phyllis), Fraser Urquhart (Eula), and Royden Thorpe.
Paul was proud to be a teacher. He received a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick. His first two years of teaching were at Keswick Valley Memorial School, followed by 30 years of teaching at Stanley High School. Over the period of his career Paul taught several different subjects including Canadian History, Current Affairs and Political Science, among others. The last half of his teaching career was spent teaching French second language after a sabbatical year in which he studied French in a total immersion program at Saint Thomas University. He taught French as a living language, with French rock music and hockey and other sports in French. He was very proud that his students received very high scores in provincial testing. He also taught driver education. At Stanley High School, he headed a ski club.
After their retirement, Paul and his wife Jolène travelled extensively which they enjoyed immensely. Paul also volunteered with Jolène at the Fredericton Multicultural Association.
In view of the pandemic, Paul’s life will be celebrated at a memorial at a later date. In the meantime, publicly displayed condolences may be sent to Bishop’s Funeral Home’s website www.bishopsfuneralhome.com or for private condolences, messages may be emailed to [email protected] citing "Remembering Paul Dorcas".
For those who wish, gifts in remembrance of Paul, may be made to the Greener Village Food Bank, the Stanley Food Bank, the local United Way’s Endowment fund, the Forever Fund or to the Parkinson’s Association of Canada.
Bishop’s Funeral Home 540 Woodstock Road, Fredericton have been entrusted with the arrangements. www.bishopsfuneralhome.com