Father Paul Granville died on August 1, 2015 at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital in Pickering, Ontario. He was in his 88th year and in religious life for 70 years. Paul was born in Bedford, Nova Scotia on March 21, 1928, the son of Edward and Greta Granville. Paul completed four years at Saint Mary’s High School in Halifax and a year at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish in pre-med. Paul had thought of following his father in medicine, but then decided to follow his brother Edward who had joined the Jesuits in 1943.
Paul entered the Society of Jesus at Guelph on July 30, 1945. Following the juniorate and philosophate, he moved to Montreal for three years of regency at Loyola High School. Theology followed in 1955 at the Jesuit Seminary in Toronto. Paul was ordained a priest on June 22, 1958, in Toronto by Cardinal McGuigan. He completed tertianship in Spokane and then a year of studies in education at Gonzaga University. Fr. Granville was posted to Campion High School, Regina, in 1961 as assistant principal and then in 1963 as principal at Regiopolis High School in Kingston.
In 1971, Fr. Granville moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, as principal of Gonzaga High School. His years of teaching over, he took a clinical pastoral training programme in Halifax in 1975 and became chaplain at Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, a post he held until 1992. He was appointed pastor of St. Bernard’s Church in Enfield, Nova Scotia and continued there until his move to the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering in 2004.
Paul possessed a warm and friendly personality. From his wheelchair, he was in the forefront at liturgies at the Infirmary. His love for the outdoors took him regularly on long journeys around the property and onto various roads.