David Lewis Paul, Sr., age 91 of Lowell, Michigan, lost his battle with Covid-19 on April 30, 2020.
Mr. Paul was first generation Welsh. His father, Edward Buller, emigrated here from Wales in the 1920s. He met and married a young woman also from a small village in Wales (name unknown), and they had 4 sons. Mr. Paul’s mother passed soon after his birth, and he was adopted by his aunt Matilda Paul. Mr. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Buller and his adopted parents, Earl C. and Matilda Paul, his 4 brothers, Joseph, Edward, William, and Russell, his first wife, Jeanne Ann, and a son David Lewis Paul, Jr. Mr. Paul is survived by his wife Brenda Paul of 12 years, his daughter, Susan Paul and 2 sons David Jay Paul and Trevor Paul. Mr. Paul and Jean Ann adopted and raised David Jay Paul and Trevor Paul, David Paul, Jr.’s sons. Mr. Paul is also succeeded by 4 grandchildren, Dominick, Gavin Paul, Viviana Paul and Lisa Dymock and Lisa’s daughters, Jada and Carmyn. And also by 4 great great grandchildren, Jaxxon, Wesley, Aiden, Otto and Sophia.
Mr. Paul served in the United States Marines. Before his retirement, Mr. Paul had worked at Associated Truck Lines and Interstate Motor Freight System as Vice Presidents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Paul was selected several times to be the Chairman of the American Trucking Association and was one of the first truck industry executives to support using computer technology in the trucking industry. After his retirement, he worked for Forest Hills Public Schools as a school bus driver and was a member of Cascade Fellowship Church. He was a rare and late convert to Christianity late in life. His favorite verse was Matthew 20:6-7, which describes how the Lord called those while it was "late in the day," meaning late in life. Pop, as David Jay and Trevor called him, treasured this verse because latecomers to the faith get the same reward as those who worked for longer, in eternity.
Mr. Paul was a kind and generous man, who always had a smile for everyone he met. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and especially by his family. Family members have fond memories of spending time together on their sailboat, traveling around Lake Superior and Canada in a RV, and trips to Florida often staying on Sanibel Island, Florida. The family spent many hours sailing, snorkeling, fishing and on the beach gathering shells. In recent years, Mr. Paul also spent lots of time with Brenda Paul’s family, becoming one of the family. He found much joy and happiness in befriending and helping Brenda’s daughters, son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
A Memorial in Celebration of David's life will take place later in the summer after lifting of restrictions due to Covid-19.
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