My thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time.
Wiens, Paul Bernard
Paul Bernard Wiens passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in his 77th year.
Born in Saskatoon on February 6, 1943, Paul was the son of the late David and Gertrude Wiens (née Janz) and the eldest brother to Viola, Victor and Edith.
After completing his studies at the University of British Columbia, Paul enjoyed a long, fulfilling career as a University Librarian, most recently at Queen’s University, where under his leadership the Stauffer Library was built in 1994. His professional life moved him across the country, with periods at the Universities of Waterloo, Manitoba, Lethbridge, and Saskatchewan.
Paul, with his gregarious personality, cherished any opportunity to gather and would think nothing of traveling great distances to be with family and friends. Paul was known for his gusto for long road trips and his love of hiking, biking and skiing. His Mennonite heritage was always close to his heart.
Paul was a devoted father to Philippa, Marianne, Andrew (d. 2019), Patrick, Michaela and Thomas, and grandfather to Alexandra, Zachary, Clara, Miles, Claire, Sawyer, Charlie and Lyla. He is lovingly remembered by his former spouses Nita Good and Mary Cavanagh, and his cherished partner Margot Montgomery.
A private service in Paul’s memory will be held onSaturday, November 28that 4:30 pm atthe Ottawa Mennonite Church. For those who wish to attend remotely, you may do so at https://www.merge9.ca/paulwiens. A recorded version will be available following the service at the same link. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia would be appreciated.