August 21, 1947 – July 17, 2021
Paul Gerard Frederick McGlone passed away in his home in Orlando Florida on July 17, 2021. He was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 21st, 1947. He spent his youth in the Toronto area, completed his education in Social Work and moved to Kenora, Ontario for his first job in his field.
He loved the beautiful outdoors of the land and the people. As opportunities changed, he chose to look farther west. He was headed to BC for work when he stopped in Red Deer to visit family and was offered a job with Alberta Social Services.
In 1976, Paul and his family moved to the area to begin a new life. Pine Lake soon became home where Paul was involved with baseball, hockey, community events and driving his daughter Lisa all over for her own journeys.
He organized the Howells Lake Howlers hockey team to play in Russia, Finland and Sweden in 1981. This group of men who all came from the farming community near Pine Lake, decided to lace up their skates and take on the world! It was a humbling and very memorable trip, meeting an NHL scout on the flight over who had never heard of this outstanding hockey team.
Paul became an avid hunter with his “Uncle” Gordon Beck both in the Nordegg and Pine Lake areas. His hunting stories became more lavished and legendary as the years passed by.
Paul was always in need for a new adventure and one day decided it might be fun to cycle across Canada with minimal research, moderate ability, but a lot of heart. It took him 68 days to cycle from Victoria to Halifax, and later toured many different countries on his bike.
On a professional level, Paul recognized the need and advocated for youth support in Red Deer and the surrounding area. He was the Executive Director of the Youth and Volunteer Center from 1976-1991. Camp Alexo is one legacy that Paul built, exerting his vision and a great deal of effort to transform a mining town into a center to support youth in Central Alberta.
In looking for new challenges, Paul was hired at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center as the founding director for the Foundation Department. Large and successful events such as the Festival of Trees and The Cattle Round-up evolved through his direction. Paul had a knack in knowing who to find to make things happen, and how to find the people who could put their own passion into helping others.
He became known for putting on delicious pit roasts at his house, which included numerous games and a grand show of the Northern Lights while playing his guitar by the fire. Through the years, Paul received many awards and accolades for his humanitarian work, one of them being a Paul Harris Fellowship award with the Rotary Club of Red Deer.
In 1997, Paul moved to Orlando, Florida and continued his passion for new challenges. He was the Director of the Medical Clinic for the Homeless, and then the Director for the Humane Society in Orlando (he always loved animals). Paul led the Kairos Prison Ministry as a director and in his retirement, found a gig at Rusty’s Bicycle Recycling Inc., giving back once again to those in need.
Paul is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Lisa (McGlone) Voitel, son-in-law Dan and beloved granddaughters Isabelle and Madelin, step- daughter Kristen and grandson Jacob, his sisters Martha Burnside, (Barry), Rosemary McGlone, Ann Rankin (Jim) and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by Gloria Beck and Karen Jensen. His dog Bailey is still waiting for him to come home.
Paul was predeceased by his parents Margaret Rose (Myers) McGlone, Gerard Frederick McGlone, and his brother Gregory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer in support of Camp Alexo.
An open house and time for sharing stories will be held at the Pioneer Hall in the basement of Gaetz Memorial Church on July 28th from 2-4pm in Red Deer, Alberta, and a celebration of life at a later date in Orlando, Florida.
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