Nov. 16, 1926 – July 9, 2019
Paul Leon Tank, was born on Nov. 16, 1926. He was the seventh child of Elizabeth nee (Hanowski) and William Carl Tank.
Paul had various careers in his life. He taught in a one-room school house for five years. After deciding teaching was not his passion, he decided to farm. He also worked as a bartender at the Waverley Hotel. He hired on the CNR for 17 years from 1974-1991 until his retirement.
Paul married Ethel Helen Babcock on June 19, 1970 at St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church in Melville. The couple resided on Paul’s farm south of Melville, and in the fall of 1985 they moved into Melville.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel in November 2015; and his step-son, Roger Babcock; his parents, William and Elizabeth Tank; brothers, Karl, Ivor and Ernest; sisters, Alvina, Elsie, Ida and Olga; brothers-in-law, John Young, Bob Knouf, and Peter Gorecki, Phil Stein, Jim Stewart and Ed Young; and sisters-in-law, Eva Tank and Violet Tank.
He leaves to mourn: his family, William (Lorna), Scott (Janet), Leanne (partner CT), Eugene (Dianne), Scott (Karin), Tracy (Doug), Norma (Doug), Keith (Tracy), Kim (Doug), Helen (Lamont), Shera-lin (Jay), Verena (Kenyon), Joleena (Shane), and Tiffany (Ryan); 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. from St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church in Melville with Rev. Fr. Andrew Sowa OMI as the celebrant.
Arrangements were by Bailey’s Funeral Home, Melville.