William Paul Lawery

TRURO – William Paul Lawery, 66, Truro, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.


Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Donalda Irene (Shephard) Clements. Paul served in the Royal Canadian Navy retiring with the rank of Master Seaman.  Following, he was employed as a Red Seal chef in the North and throughout Canada. Paul enjoyed flower gardening, playing chess, cards, fishing and spending time with his fur buddy, Jack. He recently received his Credentials of Ministry from the Universal Life Church. Paul was a spiritual person who enjoyed moments of silent reflection and contemplation. He was a lifelong learner, having attended Nova Scotia Community College in earlier years with plans to resume in the Fall. Paul was a kind-hearted, genuine, grounded, gentle man who will be dearly missed by those he loved.


Surviving are his daughters, Ashley (Julien) Raynaud; Chelsea (Matt) Long; partner, Shirley Rudolph and her children, Deborah (Jason) Stewart and their son, Avery; Amanda (Scott) McNea; sisters, Starlett Lee; Kathy Rhodes (Douglas), her children, Abigail (Mark) and her daughter, Kahmya; Aaron and his son, Maliek; Adam; his late brother, Brett Rhodes’ children, Donalda (Katherine); Troy (Tracey) and his children, Deaunte (Chantelle) and Aaliyah; Roman (Susan) and their children, Mia and Sophia; many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, James “Jamie” Lawery and Brett Rhodes; aunts, Margaret Elizabeth Shepherd; Verdena (Borden) Shepherd; uncle, Clyde (Frances) Shepherd; maternal great-grandparents, William, and Abigail “Abby” (Clyke) Shepherd.


Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Lennett J. Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow.


Donations may be made in Paul’s memory to the Nova Scotia SPCA or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.  


“Smooth seas do not make a skillful sailor.” African Proverb

Family request that masks be worn for the serivce.  Thank you.