Paul Von Zuben

Paul Joseph Von Zuben

Tuesday, November 9th, 1937 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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Von Zuben, Paul Joseph, OMC, PESM
Retired Metropolitan Toronto Police Department (33 years)
Passed away in Oshawa on Tuesday October 20th, 2020 at the age of 82.
Dearly loved husband of Mary-Jo Von Zuben for 60 years.
Loving Dad of John and his wife Christina, Terence and his wife Heather, James and his wife Sonya. Predeceased by Paul Jr (Rusty) (Surviving Donna) and Anne Marie.
Grandfather of Michael, Andrew, Katherine, William, David, Caeleigh, Amie, Emily and Sarah.
Predeceased by his brothers Peter and Clifford and his sister Ann Marie Jones (late Robert)
Survived by his sisters-in-law Pauline and Doris.
In addition to being devoted to his family, Paul was an inspiration and an example to the many in the scouting organization during his involvement for over 40 years as a Scout leader. An avid history buff, Paul was a member of a re-enactment group, the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, where he enjoyed bringing the early history of Canada to life. In 2005 Paul travelled to Belgium to take part in the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. Paul was most proud of being able to follow in his father’s footsteps to serve his community for 33 years as a police officer. It was as a Toronto police officer that he was able to have a positive influence in his community, from delivering a baby in his police car, advocating for kids in trouble, to helping a family at Christmas who were having a very difficult time. Not one for seeking recognition for trying to help where he could, he was nominated and awarded the Ontario Medal of Citizenship. His desire to help the community led him to join a rover crew as a senior member. It was a good fit for him. The crews motto , “Facta Non Verba” (Deeds not Words) and Paul’s philosophy, to do good things, were at the core of his values and that “by your deeds are ye known”.
Paul has gone home, his duty done. 497, End of Watch 10-7.
Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Tuesday October 27th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of the People Catholic Church, 580 Marion Ave Oshawa on Wednesday October 28th, at 11:00 a.m.
Prayers will be offered in the Barnes Chapel Tuesday evening at 7:30 at the conclusion of visitation.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre are appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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    Covid 19 Protocols will be strictly enforced. Masks are required. Prayers will be offered Tuesday evening at 7:30
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary of The People Catholic Church
    570 Marion Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J 3B9
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    Attendance is by invitation in order to manage the permitted number of people in the church. Masks are required.
    Fr. John Boos
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
    8361 Yonge St.
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Donations are being accepted for: HEARTH PLACE CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE.


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Doris Von Zuben

Posted at 03:32pm
With love and hugs, Doris
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Bruce Brown

Posted at 02:07pm
Bruce Brown

My sincere condolences to the Von Zuben family on the passing of Paul. So many great memories, such as the time at the Inn-on-the Park Hotel Conference Room; where her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was speaking. Paul was front and centre to accept a Humanitarian Award from the Queen. He was always admired and respected by his peers. He will be fondly remembered.
RIP Good Friend!!

Mark ingham

Posted at 11:07am
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Paul. He was a sensitive and loving person with a heart of gold. Sincerely Mark And Brian Ingham

Catherine von Zuben

Posted at 10:28am
For the von Zuben families, Paul had the leading role of historian. He researched the family name which originated in 500 A.D. to Switzerland in 1242 - a Karl von Zuben on to Berne region in 1650 recording names and occupations; our Coat of Arms and the Family Tree up to the present. For this we are so grateful. Our family of five girls, 1st cousins to Paul and his wonderful siblings, regret the lack of communication for so many years, years in which we found ourselves so busy with raising families and life in general. Our memories of celebrating Christmas at our grandparents home are precious indeed. We loved our cousins and most especially Paul. The message we heard over the years was of his kindness and good will to everyone with whom he came in contact. We are truly sorry, Mary Jo and family for your you loss but celebrate his life at this time. Thank you. Catherine von Zuben

Claudine Goller

Posted at 11:55pm
I remember Paul and his lovely family from their years attending and volunteering at St. Thomas More Church, Scarborough. Paul was a good and kind man. I pray that his family's and friends' joyful memories will sustain them in the months and years ahead.

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