Paul Bourrie died peacefully on February 28 in Smith’s Falls, Ontario. He had just celebrated his 83d birthday.
He was the son of Ernest Bourrie and (Ellen) Bernadine Lehane, and the brother of Michael Bourrie, all of whom predeceased him. He was also very close to his aunts Mary and Anne Lehane of Toronto.
Mr. Bourrie was born on February 2, 1931, in Lindsay, Ontario and spent most of his childhood at his parents’ home in Midland and on his great-grandmother Elizabeth Donnelly’s farm near Brechin.
He married Margaret Anne Gilman in 1954.
In his teens, Mr. Bourrie worked as a bellhop and bootlegger on the Canadian Pacific passenger ships Assiniboia and Keewatin and attended St. Jerome’s College in Kitchener, where he excelled in boxing. After working for several years for the Toronto brokerage firm of Ross Knowles, he graduated from Lakeshore Teacher’s College. He later studied economics at Waterloo Lutheran University ( Wilfrid Laurier University).
Mr. Bourrie taught in Toronto, New Hamburg, Collingwood, Midland, Northwestern Ontario and Nassau, Bahamas. He specialized in teaching youths who struggled with reading, and, in the last years of his teaching career, worked with First Nations children in the Nakina area north of Lake Superior.
Mr. Bourrie was a founding member of the New Democratic Party. He was on the executives of several riding associations in the Kitchener area and in Northwestern Ontario. He was always keenly interested in public affairs.
He was an avid trout fisherman, like his father.
Mr. Bourrie is survived by his children Pauline (Robert Woodruff), Mark (Marion Van de Wetering), and Mary Anne (Henri Morin), and by grandchildren Max, Carina, Caitlin and Melissa Morin, Megan, Ian and Maia Bourrie, and Lindsay and Sara Woodruff.