We regret to inform everyone of the sudden passing of our Past President, Paul Donahoe, October 9th, 2007.

Paul DonahoePaul, Donahoe – Unexpectedly, after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday October 9th, 2007 in his 52nd year.  Paul is survived by his wife Luanne, and his son Joshua, brothers and sisters Colleen (John Schenk), Pat (Valerie), Peter (Sharon), Laura Lee (Danny O’Brien), Maureen (Todd Owens), Step mother Mary Donahoe, Step brothers Andy Clark , Brian Clark, Step sister Suzanne Woolridge. Pre-deceased by his parents Ed & Gerry Donahoe. Paul will be remembered by his many nieces and nephews, brother Firefighters, and Markham Fair family.

Friends will be received at the Dixon- Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St Markham (Markham Rd) on Thursday from 7-9 pm and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm . A  Firefighters honour guard Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00am at The Bridge Church, 5440 16th Ave, Markham. Interment Christ the King Cemetery. Reception to follow at Markham Fair Grounds.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada would be appreciated.

Online Condolences www.dixongarland.com

Paul F. Donahoe

2006 Fair President
Markham, ON
September 17, 1956 – October 9, 2007

Paul DonahoePaul Donahoe was a resident of Markham since 1965 and as an adult he lived and worked in Markham.  Paul was a Captain with the Markham Fire Department and was very passionate about being a Firefighter. It was a dream of his for a long time and one that he never outgrew.  He was a big kid at heart and what kid wouldn’t love to drive a big red fire truck as fast as he could down the street, blowing the loudest horn ever heard, at anyone who had the misfortune of blocking his way, while he was on route to a fire.…yes, Paul never got tired of that one!!

Paul was someone who lived his life to the fullest right to the end, believed that life goes on and he never lived with regrets.  Paul was an extremely intelligent, grounded person who was ethical, loyal and fair and believed in speaking the truth – you always knew where you stood with him.  Regardless of who you were or what you did for a living he treated everyone the same.  Paul was consistent and dependable; gave of his time to anyone who needed it and was the “go to” person for family, friends and colleagues.  He was one of six children to Ed and Gerry Donahoe who learned early in life that you get back what you give in life. As a result of his belief in this philosophy, he became a volunteer at Markham Fair 25 years ago and in turn became the President in 2006. 

Paul was always extremely proud to be a part of the “Fair Family” and his involvement was that much stronger because of the people he volunteered with at Markham Fair.  He was committed to making the Fair a better place for the community and felt that if you made a commitment; you should follow it through to the end and always gave 110%.    There was no one prouder than Paul the year he became President.  It was like a dream come true!   He worked hard to get there and knew that he was following in the footsteps of some very strong and capable Presidents.  He was very much a “hands-on” President who preferred the “limelight” shine on the employees, volunteers, and the ambassador(s) for the great work they had done, rather than on him.  He often commented that without all of these individuals working together as a team, his term as President would not have been as successful as it was.

Paul always had a smile on his face even during his long term illness and always saw the positive side of everything.  The one person in this world who always put a smile on Paul’s face, except when he painted himself with bright yellow Tremclad paint, was his son Joshua.  Joshua and Paul were always together and spent many hours at the Fair….including painting gates with bright yellow Tremclad paint!  His wife, Luanne and Joshua were always very proud of Paul and his accomplishments.  He was an excellent role model for his son and many others and truly lived his life knowing that he only had one opportunity to make his mark in this world and he did so with dignity and honour.  As it was stated at his funeral, Markham Fair will be a long time recovering from “Paul 2K”!