March 19, 1956 - January 22, 2024
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Larry Carl Paulson, a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.
Larry's legacy lives on through the memories he created, the lives he touched, the love he shared, and the courage and strength that exuded from him. He is survived by his mom, Doreen Paulson, and his siblings, Linda (Murray), Gary (Lois), Greg (Brenda), and Darrel (Kim). Also, his nieces and nephews.
Larry was pre-deceased by his father Carl, Aunt Marj, nephew Terry, and niece Christine.
Larry's life was a testament to the values of kindness, generosity, perseverance, and a genuine love for family and friends.
Growing up in Terrace, Larry forged lasting connections through sports that would shape his life. His childhood was marked by a love of athletics. He was a great team player and really enjoyed competitive play. Basketball, baseball, volleyball, and shooting pistols at a gun range were his favourites.
A graduate of Caledonia Senior Secondary, Larry continued his education with the goal of becoming a lawyer. After completing first year at the University of British Columbia, Larry came back home and secured a job that would help pay for his schooling.
Sadly, Larry was involved in a tragic accident that summer that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Larry survived 48 years as a quadriplegic, and he garnered much respect from medical personnel for his drive and determination, (and stubbornness) to live his best life.
Often you could see him and another quadriplegic friend (Larry also) operating their electric chairs throughout many parts of Vancouver (over Iron Worker's Bridge, over Lion's Gate Bridge, into Stanley Park, Ambleside, Burnaby Lake, etc.) all the while hoping like heck the batteries didn't drain before they get back home.
Larry's career was as a Computer Programmer with ICBC in North Vancouver where he retired in 2016 at the age of 60.
Larry's health took a hit last year which laid him up in bed for most of the year. In his last few days, pneumonia took hold, and it was too much for Larry's body to fight. Larry never quit on anything, and he fought his hardest through this as well.
Larry's family and friends will remember him as a pillar of strength. His sense of humour and infectious laughter could brighten even the darkest of days, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him.
It was Larry's wish not to have a service. Larry preferred that his friends and family have a drink of your choosing and think of him holding a beer in his hand splint drinking alongside you.
Larry loved his time with friends. He greatly appreciated that he was treated the same as any other person making this journey through life together. A special thank you to his very good friend and former workmate, Jadine Dosanjh.
Larry's family wants to thank all the wonderful people from Vancouver Health for the incredible care and support they provided Larry over the years. Close bonds were created with many of them.
A special thank you to Albert, Grace, and family. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for the care, attention, patience, and inclusion into your family you showed Larry.
You are deeply missed by your family, Larry, but you can once again spread your wings and soar.
May you rest in peace!