It is with indescribable grief that we need to announce the tragic death of Paul Andre’ Enns on February 26, 2022, at the age of 43 years. The day of his murder is and will always be the saddest day of our lives. The day he was born will forever be one of the happiest days of our lives.
Paul died in Winnipeg where he was born, grew up and spent most of his life.
His birth in 1978 was greeted with immense joy not only by his parents Claudette (Pellerin) Enns and Wil Enns, but also by his grandparents Andre’ Pellerin and Anna (Maloney) Pellerin, and grandparents Henry and Elizabeth Enns. He was an inquisitive child who learned to read and tell the time at an early age. He would startle people quite often when, for example, while waiting in the doctor’s office at the age of 3 with his pregnant mother he would look at his wristwatch and say, “mommy if we don’t leave here in 30 minutes, I will miss the start of the “Beachcombers”. He loved puzzles and at age 3 would astonish many an adult when out at a restaurant, etc., Claudette would take out a 100-piece puzzle and he would quietly put it together in short order.
In 1982 our family was blessed with the birth of a sister to Paul. Paul did come to love his sister Kristine, but at the time we brought her home he was not so sure he liked this intrusion into our life and asked his mother when we would be returning her to the hospital. When he was told she was staying he decided he would adapt to this new person in our life.
Paul developed a love of LEGO at a very young age that remained with him throughout his life. His apartment was filled with many boxes of LEGO sets and at the time of his death he was diligently working at sorting out some of these sets whose pieces had become combined during his return from Calgary.
He loved collecting sports cards with his interests shifting from baseball to basketball to hockey and back again. He was adept at creating fantasy sports teams and entered numerous online fantasy sports competitions. He was so adept at this that some of his schoolteachers’ husbands sought his advice for their own teams.
Paul was an enthusiastic James Bond fan. His favorite James Bond was Roger Moore. In 1996 Paul had the opportunity to meet Roger Moore at a UNICEF 50th Anniversary Gala here in Winnipeg. The framed set of pictures of him with Roger Moore and the poster announcing the gala has always had a prominent place on the wall in his home.
Paul went to school in the French immersion program from kindergarten to grade twelve. I always found it interesting that whenever he wrote numbers with a $ sign he always put it behind the number, as he was taught in French immersion, rather than in front.
He graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science – Major in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba. Paul was interested in computers and computer games at a very young age, and until recently we had the old Sega Genius game system and Atari game system to prove it. He had us get a modem to get on the internet and according to Shaw we were one of the first homes they set up. He became our go to tech expert, and I know we would irritate him at times with our repeated questions, often about the same issue.
While attending the University of Manitoba Paul worked at the Boston Pizza on Pembina Highway as a pizza delivery driver. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and loved the food. We were delighted that he would frequently eat at work. Anyone who has tried to feed a growing teenage boy knows how fortunate we were to have him come home happy and with a full belly.
On January 31, 2004, Paul married his high school sweetheart Colleen Christie. Shortly after she graduated from University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Paul got a job offer with CP Rail in Calgary and the newlyweds moved there. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last and while the divorce was amicable, Paul moved back to Winnipeg in 2011.
Paul was always curious and a voracious reader. He would frequently talk to us about the latest book or books he read and encouraged us to read them ourselves. Only rarely did I succeed in reading these books because many of the books included such detailed analysis of the subject matter they dealt with, that I would need to put the book down and rarely picked it up again.
Paul was baptized, had his first communion, went to Sunday School, and was confirmed and married at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg. At the request of the family, Father Frank Obrigewitsch of St. Ignatius Church will officiate at the interment.
Paul is survived by his parents Claudette (Pellerin) Enns and Wil Enns; his sister Kristine Enns; his nephew Jared Enns; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Paul was predeceased by his grandparents Andre’ Pellerin and Anna (Maloney) Pellerin; grandparents Henry and Elizabeth Enns; and his grandmother Florence Dobberthien.
Paul has been cremated and will be interred at Glen Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. in Winnipeg, on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 12:30 pm. A reception will follow immediately after at 1:30 pm at Eternal Grace Funerals.
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