August 23, 1934 – September 6, 2022
Rev. Dr. Paul William Newman, D.D. (honoris causa). Born in Japan August 23, 1934, of missionary parents. Died at home in Sooke in the presence of family on September 6, 2022, aged 88 yrs.
Lifetime friend and husband of Edith (nee Thompson).
Survived by children Simone, Greg (Lori) and Sean, and by grandchildren Rob, Ben (Monica, granddaughter Mabel), Luke and Liam and by his sister Ruth and by numerous nephews and nieces.
Predeceased by son Robert Hugh and by brothers Robert (Helen), and David (Nancy) and by sister Doris (Bill).
Paul graduated from Victoria College and Emmanuel College in Toronto (B.A., B.D.) and from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (Ph.D.) He was ordained in The United Church of Canada and served in pastorates in Sault Ste Marie and Arden Ontario.
He was a missionary professor in Chung Chi College in the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1966 to 1975, returning to Canada to be Professor of Systematic Theology in St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon where eventually he was appointed Professor Emeritus. He served for a term as national Secretary for Interfaith Dialogue in The United Church of Canada and finished his career as Minister of Pastoral Care in Kamloops United Church.
Paul was a leader in sports, drama, and student government at university. He was Head of the Theology Division in The Chinese University of HK, and was a leader in many church committees, including a term as President of Saskatchewan Conference of The United Church.
His academic writings included three books (The Ontological in the Theology of Paul Tillich, Humanity and Spirit, and A Spirit Christology). Some of his published and unpublished articles are available at www.web-theology.net.
He was active in developing social housing for elderly Chinese and mental health patients in Saskatoon. In retirement he took up bagpiping as a hobby and played in the Sooke Pipes and Drums.
Appreciation and thanks to the West Coast Family Medical Clinic and the MAiD program. Your concerns and care have been invaluable to the family. We thank you.
There will be a remembrance time for family and friends at the Sooke Legion Hall, Saturday September 17th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.water.org who supply clean drinking water to people around the world.
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