Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, August 4, 2017
Sacred Heart Church
1465 Lecaron Ave.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Interment at: Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery
Friday, August 4, 2017
Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery
1190 Glen Allen Dr.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Additional Obit Info
HULAJ, PAUL - It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Hulaj announces his passing at Bluewater Heath, Sarnia on August 1, 2017 at the age of 84. He leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Helen Hulaj (nee Rusinko); his son, Larry (Natalie) Hulaj: his daughter, Paula (Steve) Reibling; grandsons, Sean and Joel Reibling; sister-in-law, Henni Hulaj; several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends. Paul is predeceased by his parents, Stefan and Anna (nee Hornak) Hulaj; and siblings, John (Emily) Hulaj, Mary (Gus) Luhovy, and Louis Hulaj. Born in Slovakia, Paul's family immigrated to Canada in 1937 where they ultimately settled in Alvinston, Ontario to farm. After receiving his education in a one-room country school in Alvinston, and high school in Watford, he went on to attend the Radio College of Canada in Toronto, followed by Coyne Electrical & Electronics School in Chicago where he obtained his Television Technician Diploma. This launched his career into the radio and television repair business. After moving to Sarnia with Helen in 1957, he obtained employment there as a television technician at a retail appliance store. He ended up purchasing the service department from which grew three television and appliance stores. Many will remember Paul's TV and Appliance in Sarnia. After 25 years in this business, he decided to sell and began a new career in the travel business, eventually opening five locations of Global Travel in Sarnia and Michigan. ln 2001, he had the opportunity to sell the last of the travel agencies and decided to retire. Paul enjoyed his work immensely and kept busy planning group cruises for many years after his retirement. He and Helen loved to travel, especially cruising on the Caribbean and spending many winters in Florida. Golf was a favourite pastime and he was a member of the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club for many years. He was also a lifetime member of the Sarnia Lions Club. Visitation will be at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to your charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com
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Tanis J. Wright (nee MacPherson) posted a condolence
Thursday, August 24, 2017My sincere condolences to your family and close friends of Paul. I am but a woman who grew up on Tudor Close, but throughout all the years of my life, every time I would reflect upon my childhood in that neighbourhood, among those who would occupy my fondest memories were your family, and Paul. A child is often deeply affected by those who intimidate her and those who show her gentleness & kindness. Paul was most definitely the latter! Whether I was going door to door to peddle a newspaper, school fundraiser or on some other mission, or simply walking or riding by, Paul was always friendly, kind and helpful and that made an impression on me - so much so, that every time I enter the neighbourhood now, I STILL smile in my heart when I pass your house! That, to me, is the legacy of a truly worthwhile life lived. I hope this may be of some small comfort in your grief and I wish you strength and courage to endure.
Marianne Chrapko Clift posted a condolence
Friday, August 11, 2017Dear Hulaj family, It is with a sad heart I express my sincere condolences in Paul's passing. Helen and Paul were always so warm and jovial whenever I met them at different Slovak gatherings over the years. Reading about his business adventures, I realized what a kindred spirit he was to my parents John and Anne Chrapko. Paul certainly was a visionary going into TV in the early 50's and then pursuing a second career in travel. My mom saw that Paul hard died and really wanted to go to the funeral, but unfortunately we received the news too late. Mom is in Afton Nursing Home now and is managing with her Trach, heart monitor, and feeding tube. Despite the fact that she has been taken to Bluewater Health by ambulance 3 times this week, she really wanted to see all of Paul's family. Please read these words and feel my warm embrace going out to you Helen and Henni. I know his presence and words of wisdom will percolate through minds and hearts until you meet again. May the peace of your faith give you strength in Paul's passing and may you find comfort from family and friends. Hugs Marianne Chrapko Clift
Doris Braekevelt posted a condolence
Saturday, August 5, 2017To The Family of Paul Hulaj Dearest Helen, Paula, Larry and Families: I'm thinking of you and understanding your loss and sorrow. My prayers and blessings for strength and faith are with you at this difficult time. Deepest condolences, Sincerely and lovingly, Doris Braekevelt
Rob and Darlene Bedard posted a condolence
Friday, August 4, 2017Our most sincere condolences to Helen,Larry and Paula. Paul spent a lot of time together sharing stories and playing cards together with my dad Al. They had a great friendship and were great buddies. He is in a better place now and pain free. I am sure they are up there right now enjoying there next game of gin. I think my dad owes him a few free lunches.
Sean McAnulty posted a condolence
Thursday, August 3, 2017Please accept our condolences Helen and family from Cathy McAnulty and family
Craig & Heather Nordell posted a condolence
Thursday, August 3, 2017Helen , we are saddened to hear about Paul. We are away right now but upon our return we will be over to give you a hug. If you here is anything we can help with please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Craig and Heather
Jim & Linda Robb posted a condolence
Thursday, August 3, 2017Our condolences, Paul will be missed by many. Always had a smile, we had great conversations while he was waiting for the Gin game to begin.
Barbara Soltis posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 2, 2017Although we all knew this time was coming for you all, the news of Paul's passing evokes sadness and caring for you, his devoted family....Paul's spirt is at rest now....may your spirits and minds also have some rest as well.....sending loving and compassionate thoughts to you........
Paul & Darlene Stringer donated to CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION/ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DU DIABÈTE
Wednesday, August 2, 2017In loving memory of Paul Hulaj
Paul & Darlene Stringer posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 2, 2017Helen, Paula, Larry & family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Paul was a wonderful man and he will be missed by many. Love, Paul & Darlene Stringer & family
Mindy Worrad posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 1, 2017Dear Paula (Steve and family) We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Praying for you as you mourn his loss and remember his important place in your lives. With our sincere sympathy, Brian and Mindy Worrad
Peter, Kerry, Bethanie, and Zachary Wilson posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 1, 2017We're all thinking of you and praying for you. Death is never easy and there are many long days ahead, but know that you are loved and cared for.
Bob Angove posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 1, 2017Helen , Paula , Larry and Families: My Condolences in the Loss Of Your Husband and Father, Paul. You know My Father was One of His Best Friends and they had a Lot of Good Times Together. Last I Heard There is No Cancer in Heaven. Sincerely Bob Angove
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Phone: (519) 344-3131
431 N. Christina St.
Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5V8