Obituary for Paul Brophy
Brophy, Paul Douglas, P.Eng.
June 25, 1951 - July 23, 2017
Paul Douglas Brophy died at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 66 after fighting an aggressive cancer. In his final hours, Paul was surrounded by those who loved him.
Son of the late Joseph and Agnes Brophy, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Theresa Andary, daughters Megan (partner Albert Tam) and Christine, and sisters Beverley (James) Miller of Oakville and Barbara (John) Bondy of Belle River.
Paul grew up in Windsor, Ontario where he met Theresa, his greatest love and chief sparring partner. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1974 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The bulk of his career was spent with Linamar Corporation, where his colleagues knew him as a trusted manager who got things done, acted with conviction, and made every individual feel their role was essential. He was especially proud of his team at Traxle.
Paul was a Renaissance man. He could talk at length about everything from automotive transmissions to Winston Churchill. He had an ear for music, and a song for every occasion. A lover of the outdoors and motorcycles, there were few roads in Ontario that he had not driven.
He wore many hats: the mechanic who repaired vehicles, the designer and builder of home projects, the photographer who planned and documented family vacations, and the friend who would drop everything to help. All his work was completed with an engineer’s precision.
More than anything else, Paul loved his family. They will remember him as a brilliant and brave man, who faced life’s challenges with integrity and strength.
Thanks to James Calame for his unwavering support. Thanks also to the doctors, nurses, and care workers of Toronto UHN, Grand River Hospital, Freeport Palliative Care, and Waterloo Wellington LHIN.
A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00AM, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Waterloo Mechanical Engineering Donation Fund (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Paul's memorial.