What happy memories Elaine, Barbara and Graham have generously shared about Paul, not least that when Paul was born in Burslem in 1963, his father celebrated as though a prince had been born into the family! After seeing the arrival of three, undoubtedly loved Daughters to finally have a son was cause for celebration. The family joked that if this longed for son had been the first born the girls would never have come along!
However Paul’s arrival wasn’t without worry, as at just two weeks of age baby Paul was taken seriously ill with pneumonia and spent time in hospital. It was a worrying time for everyone.
Happily recovered the young Paul was a typical boy, somewhat to the shock of his Mother who, of course had only raised young girls up until now, so to have a little boy who delighted in playing in the mud and seemed constantly dirty, much to the exasperation of his Mother who spent a lot of time giving him a good scrub.
Paul loved his favourite toy cars, of which he had a huge collection and that he proudly kept in a toy wheel barrow. He would zoom around, stop and tip them all out and then loosing himself in games for hours at a time.
Growing up Paul was a keen and accomplished sports man enjoying football, boxing and cricket, all of which he took part in to a high standard. One of his most relished and exciting adventures was being taken to the ‘Home of Cricket’ Lords, the famous ground in St. John’s Wood, London which opened on the site in 1814.
With the sporting hobbies young Paul developed a hardworking and conscientious work ethic, he was never out of work.
In 1995 Paul married his sweetheart Elaine at the Registry office in Hanley and they moved to Congleton to live in Dale Crescent, Paul working as a Security Guard and Elaine as a Carer in local Nursing Homes.
Pauls most interesting job was based at the famous Jodrell Bank, home of the Grade 1 Listed Lovell Telescope. Here on this 35 acre site Paul loved his job and was very happy describing it as ‘the best job’ and sharing the wonderful place with Elaine, Graham and Barbara as they attended Summer Space Night Events together.
Driving was also one of Paul’s passions and if he had time off he would love to travel, making the journey up Yorkshire, taking Elaine and her Mum to Holmfirth were the television programme ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ was made and enjoying a cup of tea in perhaps Sid’s Café.
Paul would also drive Elaine for days out into Derbyshire to visit Chatsworth House or to Chester Zoo or to a model village, and in the late Summer an annual trip to Blackpool would be undertaken by Paul and Elaine accompanied by Graham and Barbara to enjoy the sea air and, of course, the Blackpool Illuminations.
Sadly however ill health caught up with Paul meaning that he had to give up his job and his beloved driving, this was a huge blow to such an independent man who loved to get out and about.
Paul passed his time by watching television, mostly sports like football, darts and snooker, something he could debate with Barbara as the two would often discuss certain frames being played.
In 2018 Elaine gave up her job to look after Paul, something that the family extended their deepest gratitude to Elaine for doing with love, compassion and tenderness.
Following a short decline in his health Paul having been admitted to hospital on the 8th of March sadly passed away in the early hours of the Thursday with Elaine by his side.
His funeral service was held at Birches Crematorium on Monday 26th March 2021. Donation's were collected in leiu of flowers and were donated to Ward 3 of Macclesfield Hospital, in recognition of the care they had provided to Paul in his final days.