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It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, Poppy, brother, uncle and friend, Paul Montford Styles, at age 56. Paul passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in North Sydney (by way of Rose Blanche and Harbour Le Cou, NFLD), on February 11, 1966, Paul was the son of the late Montford and Ruth (Butt) Styles. Paul fished alongside his father and Captain, solidifying an unexplainable bond between the two, on the Jarvis Bay II. In recent years, Paul's "happy place" was his front deck, overlooking the water, watching the boats as they passed through the harbour.
He worked for many years at Bob & Clayton's Auto Repair with one of his best friends, Clayton Carter. Paul could often be heard saying, "I'm not a mechanic, but I play one at work".
Paul was an avid sports fan, always cheering on his NY Islanders, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was involved with North Sydney Little League and Minor Hockey in younger years, coaching his children as their biggest fan. Paul had a love for antique cars and enjoyed a good project. He was the proud owner of a 1962 Plymouth Valiant that he restored, and loved taking off for long drives with his best friend, Roger. Paul found a love for travelling down south the year of his 25th wedding anniversary. He looked forward to his yearly trips with his travelling buddies, and we can still hear him singing, "I'm getting drunk on a plane".
Paul is survived by his "rock" and wife of 36 years, Wanda (Tobin) Styles, son Justin, daughter Amanda (Nick Collins, who was his "second son"), grandchildren, Piper Grace and Montford, sisters, Dianne, Nancy (Kevin) Robinson, and Ruth Ann (David) Ivey, mother-in-law Ann Tobin (Ernie Anderson), sisters-in-law, Jackie Tobin (Clinton Robinson), and Nancy (David) Barry, 8 nieces and nephews, and his best buddies; Sean, Roger, Lloyd, Clinton, Kevin, Clayton and Colin.
Paul was an amazing husband and father, but his greatest role was Poppy. He adored his two grandchildren, Piper Grace and Monty (proudly named after Paul and his father). He loved flying kites with Piper Grace, and watching Monty grow and become a mini "bruiser".
Paul was immensely proud of his children. He would often be heard bragging about his daughter, Amanda, at the garage. She remained the strong one throughout his journey, became his own "personal nurse", and took care of him in his final moments. We know he will forever be proud of her strength. Paul shared a special connection with his son, Justin, bonding through their mutual love for sports and "real" music. Paul was his son's biggest fan, and he made every personal sacrifice necessary to see Justin succeed both on and off the ice. They were the best of friends (except maybe when the Islanders played the Rangers).
We would like to thank his family doctor and friend, Bill MacDonald, Dr. Saliba, the staff at the Cancer Centre, Palliative Care, and the ER at Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their care and compassion throughout Paul’s journey.
A visitation for Paul will be held 2-4 and 7-9 pm Wednesday December 28th in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral service will be held 11 am Thursday December 29th in the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Jackie Warren officiating. Cremation will follow with a burial to take place at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Patient Care Fund at Cape Breton Regional Hosptial. Online condolences may be sent to the family by leaving a message on the tribute wall of the obituary at www.wjdooley.com.