ZERBIN, Paul

Paul Zerbin went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2022, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lydia; 3 children: David (Barbara), Harold (Joan), and Sandra (Dave); 9 grandchildren: Jonathan (Arijana), Mandy (Nishan), Anthony (Stephanie), Jennifer (Jeremy), Clayton, Ryan (Rena), Kenton (Destiny), Kyle (Alison), Brayden; 3 great-grandchildren: Josiah, Jayden and Milo; one sister, Hilde; one brother-in-law, Werner; and one sister-in-law, Martha.

He was born in Gruenland, Poland, the eighth of ten children, but became the youngest surviving child due to an epidemic in the early months of World War II. His family was resettled to Warthegau, Poland in 1940, and then had to flee the advancing Russian army to Germany in early 1945. Conditions were not good in Germany after the war, so the Zerbin family immigrated to Canada, with Paul arriving in Saskatchewan in 1950, and moving on to Edmonton in 1951. Here he met and married Lydia Hanke in 1955. Their two sons were born here, and in 1959 they decided to move to Vernon, BC, where their daughter was born. They stayed here until 1984, when they moved down the valley to Kelowna, where they remained until their final move back to Edmonton in 2018.

Paul was a carpenter by trade, and built & renovated many homes in addition to his full time carpenter career. He and Lydia were known to move every couple of years, it was impossible for them to settle down anywhere for long. Once he retired, he kept building and renovating his personal properties, and when that wasn’t enough, he spent many hours helping his children and his church friends with construction projects.

Paul loved to spend time with family and friends, and many evenings were spent playing Rummikub around the dining room table. During the Vernon years, he loved to go agate hunting in the surrounding mountains, and enjoyed taking visitors for wiener roasts to Ellison Park. Later in Kelowna, he loved to putter in his workshop; take short trips around BC, Alberta and Washington; and still enjoyed walking and hiking in his later years. He was a gentle, kind and caring man, serving his Lord faithfully, and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service, to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, will be announced in the near future.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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