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John Paul Druhan

August 2, 1950 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 71)


Paul Druhan

North Sydney

With broken hearts we announce the passing of John (Paul) Druhan - much loved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend – on Saturday, March 26, 2022, surrounded by family at his home in North Sydney.

Paul was born on the mainland, but after being transferred to North Sydney for work where he met his life partner Paula, Cape Breton became his forever home. Together, they raised their two children, Anthony and Dawn, in an old home they lovingly restored themselves. Later in life his blessings overflowed with the birth of their four grandchildren - Gabriella, Cullen, Gavin and Avery - of whom he was so proud.

Paul with Paula by his side, provided a warm, welcoming home for so many people throughout the years. As they grew up, Anthony and Dawn's friends had a fun place to stay, food to eat, and a safe drive at their beck and call. Family and friends, bigs and littles alike, have many happy, sun filled memories from pool time, good eats, and so many laughs. Later in life, they filled their home again by welcoming travelers from all over the world. Paul truly enjoyed meeting new people, providing local history and general information while encouraging others to share their life stories. Hospitality did not stop at two legged creatures. Their large property was a safe haven for feral cats, birds - including ducks and woodland critters who unfortunately loved Paul's gardens.

Paul's career started in finance, and he carried those skills into his own businesses. He was happiest brokering boats, travelling extensively throughout the Maritimes and eastern United States. Many skippers are sailing Atlantic Canada waters thanks to Paul matching them to their perfect vessel. At the end of his career, Paul worked with Anthony in the energy efficiency field - a special time for both.

Paul was a lifelong learner and loved new experiences. There wasn't much he couldn't turn his hand to - finances, mechanics, carpentry and gardening were just a few of his accomplishments. Everything he did, he did first class. If you had a project, he was the first person there to assist and that included Dawn's home in Ottawa. However, being independent, Paul was the last one to ask for help. Truth is, he'd figure it out himself anyway!

Left to cherish memories of Paul besides Paula, their children, grandchildren, and daughter-in-law Becky, are Paul's sister Bonnie and brother Bryan (Cathy), and Paula's siblings Steve (EIsie), Sylvia (Greg), Agnes (Austin), Rob, along with many much-loved nieces and nephews. Special mention to Glenn and Bud who were there for Paul during the good and hard times and in particular, our angel Judy who helped us all during Paul's final days.

Over the past several years, Paul's ability to embrace all life had to offer was limited due to illness yet he so strongly faced these challenges that few people knew what he suffered. Paul, all of us you left behind feel sad that you took this last journey way too soon. We are comforted knowing though that at your destination, you will find the peace you earned.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family by posting on the tribute wall of the obituary page at

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Family to do services at later date

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