With great sorrow, the family of Dr. Paul Thomas Begley announces his passing on November 20th at the age of 68, following a six-month battle with brain cancer. Paul was the beloved husband of Marilyn for more than 44 years and cherished father of three children and their spouses: Conor and Lyn Begley of Barrie; Jeffrey and Susan Begley of Waterloo; and Laura and Jon Grelik of Pender Island, BC. Dear grandfather to Anne and Charlie, the children of Jeffrey and Susan.
Paul had a very successful career in the field of education, which began in 1973 when he met Marilyn who convinced him to quit his job as a motorcycle salesman to join her at teachers college. He became a teacher and later the principal of Foley Catholic School in Brechin before completing his doctorate in 1988 and becoming a university professor.
He will be dearly missed by his colleagues and former students at the University of Toronto, Penn State University, and Nipissing University. Paul was a tenured professor at all three institutions, and in 1996 co-founded UCEA’s Program Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (www.csleecenter.org). Paul had many friends across Canada and the United States and around the world – particularly in Australia, Sweden, and Hong Kong.
He will be remembered for his leadership and mentoring in the field of educational leadership and ethics. In 2008, Paul received the UCEA Master Professor award for his mentoring, leadership, scholarship and service to UCEA and the field of educational administration.
In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family has noted that donations to Hospice Simcoe or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be appreciated. Paul’s full obituary can be obtained here.