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Dr. Paul H Leblond

Obituary of Paul Henri LeBlond   December 30, 1938 - February 8, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Paul passed away peacefully
at home at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Paul
was born in Quebec City and grew up in Chicoutimi.
His innate curiosity and love of learning led him
naturally into science, earning his undergraduate
degrees at Laval and McGill Universities. In 1963 he
married Josee Michaud and together they moved to
British Columbia, where they raised three children.
Paul gained his doctoral degree at the University of
British Columbia, which led to joint appointments in
both the Physics and Oceanography Departments,
from 1965-1996, and since 1996 as a Professor
Emeritus. He became a well-known and much-consulted expert in ocean dynamics specializing in
waves, tides, tsunamis and beach formations. In 1978 he co-authored an important textbook "Waves in
the Ocean" with Lawrence Mysak. During his career he was honoured with many awards including:
President Prize, Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (CMOS); CMOS Tully Medal; Fellow
of CMOS; Honorary Doctorate in Science, Memorial University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada;
Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science; and Wooster Award, North Pacific Marine
Science Organization (PICES). Paul made major contributions to many other scientific organizations as
well, including: World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE); Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation
Council (PFRCC); Canadian Ocean Frontiers Research Initiative (COFRI); the Ocean Production
Enhancement Network (OPEN); and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Paul traveled extensively for his work, and learned languages as he went. He was fully fluent in French
and English, and spoke German, Russian and Spanish. As a dynamic teacher and researcher, he was    
                                        an inspiration to his students for over 30 years. His friendly, easy going    
                                        but authoritative style of teaching was admired by all. He loved his         
                                        students and treated them with much respect, often saying that he         
                                        learned as much from them as they did from him. Paul's love of science   
                                       and discovery led him to investigate sightings of unidentified marine        
                                       mammals such as Cadborosaurus seen many times in the local waters of   
                                       the Salish Sea. This passion led him to co-found the International Society  
                                       of Cryptozoology and the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club    
                                       (BCSCC). He co-authored and published two books, "Cadborosaurus:        
                                       Survivor of the Deep" (with Ed Bousfield) and "Discovering                     
                                       Cadborosaurus" (with John Kirk and Jason Walton). He also translated      
                                       several books on the subject. A few years after his first marriage ended    
                                       he met artist Annette Shaw. They spent a sabbatical year in France,
enjoyed traveling and exploring the world. In 1990 they moved to Galiano Island where Paul became
an active member of the community and local organizations including the Museum Society, Trails
Society, Parks and Recreation, Galiano Island Recycling Resources, Tour des Iles, the CRD, the
Economic Development Committee and Transportation Committee, to name a few. Galiano Island was
the perfect place for Paul to retire and continue enjoying his love of the ocean and the outdoors,
camping, swimming, hiking, trail building, chopping wood, reading and always learning something
new. Throughout his life, he exemplified generosity, kindness and a love of learning. He expressed his
zest for life in all he did, and inspired those who met and worked with him.

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For Caddyscan and the B.C.S.C.C., we cannot express the gratitude and privilege we have for all the
years working with Paul, his wisdom and positive force that gifted all of us with countless memories,
that we will remember always. People may assume most academics as ridged, but not Paul, he had a
calm, relaxed manner that would put those around him at ease, even when at certain lectures, he
would walk in front of the podium at the start and boom out, "Can everyone hear me ok?..... Good!"  as
he disliked using microphones. Paul always showed warmth and understanding, with a calm and
measured approach that drew people in, and left you feeling energized. The world of science and
cryptozoology can be a land of uncertainty, that Paul navigated with a sense of adventure that inspired
everyone around him. 

We are left as better people for knowing you....

If you wish to read more about Paul, Click Here for a link to Cryptozoo and Loren Coleman's detailed
history of Paul's career in ocean science and cryptozoological endeavors that have spanned over 5
decades.

To watch a video shot by a local documentry on Galiano Island of Paul discussing the Cadborosaurus,
and the 2007 video footage from Alaska, Click Here.

  


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