Paul Emile Champoux

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Paul Emile Champoux of Fremont, CA passed away peacefully at home on December 17, 2016, at the age of 92. Paul was born on August 14, 1924, in Lewiston, ME to French-Canadian parents, Damien Champoux and Anna Marie LaChance. Paul married Therese (Terry) Melanson on December 31, 1951 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in New Bedford, MA. He served 20 years in the Navy and defended the United States in World War II, and the Korean War. Paul was a Chief Petty Officer in aviation ordinance and served on the USS Leyte, USS Lake Champlain, USS Boxer, USS Coral Sea, and retired from the USS Midway. Paul was decorated with many medals for his years of service. He worked for the US Postal Service for 17 years and many years at Dale Hardware. Paul is proceeded in death by his sisters Ida and Terry, and his brother Leo and oldest daughter, Christine Balloue and grandson, Aaron Balloue. Paul is survived by Terry his wife of 65 years, Roxanne Keller, Louise Schaffer, Michelle Lammers, Denise Espinoza, Paul P. Champoux, Jacqueline Anderson, Patricia Champoux and John Champoux. Paul was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Paul learned to speak French before he spoke English. His father died when he was 5 years old and his mother passed away when he was 12. He spent 2 years in the LaSalette Missionaries before enlisting in the Navy. He was an avid fisherman, taught his family and grandsons how to fish, loved to take his family camping, was a carpenter and handy-man and shared his skills with his sons. He continually took college courses to learn Spanish, and sharpen his carpentry and electrical skills. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and a devout Catholic and devoted husband and father. Service Schedule for Tuesday, December 27, 2016: Viewing: Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont at 10:30am-11:30am Funeral Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont at 12:00pm-1:00pm Burial: Lima Family, Cedar Lawn Mortuary, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont at 1:30pm The family of Paul Champoux wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all who have crossed his path in his 92 years of life.

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  1. Uncle Paul:
    Thank you kindly for welcoming me into your home over the past 20 plus years as I worked in and travelled to the Bay Area. Thanks for all of the many trips to the wine country, Monterey and Carmel and all of the wonderful meals together. This offered me the opportunity to get to know my many cousins in the Champoux family who I have grown to know well and care about. This family is the tribute to your love and care as a father and provider and your most enduring sense of humor. And to my favorite Aunt Terry, may God grant you the strength, support and grace you need in the coming months. Rest In Peace Uncle Paul

  2. My condolences to Terry Champoux, I wish to thank you for welcoming me into your home as a kid when my mother Dorothy couldn’t take care of us because she had to work. I’m thankful for his years of service and I very much do respect him. Thanks for being there for me when I was young.

  3. Terry and Family:

    Paul was one of the most beautiful and kind person to ever know. We were so lucky to have known him and the family, and we were so fortunate that my mom and dad forged this wonderful friendship with you. We have spent many fond memories and years with your family and me growing up with you in our lives. I always cherish the fun times playing cards and great meals our family’s had.

    I am sure this is hard on the family so close to Christmas, but may he be at peace now and I hope all the wonderful memories that you will hold close to your heart will comfort you in the days and years to come.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Champoux, and please tell my parents hello and enjoy playing a game of scat with them and talking to dad about all your Navy tales on the Midway.

  4. My Dearest Sister Terry and family.
    Our hearts are so broken. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Your 65 years of great love for each other. You have made so many memories.
    You’ve sacrificed so much for your great family.
    Call any time, I’m here for you. We love you.

  5. So many loving memories:
    2inch bath water, 5 min showers, always eat what you put on your plate, be thankful for what you have, bible time after dinner when we stayed with you and so many more. Most of all being a true godly person. I never remember hearing you say a “mean” thing towards or about anyone.Even though you could be stern your lessons were true and have stuck with me. I try to instill the same values in my own children

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