January 1, 1950 – January 3, 2017
Paul was peacefully set free from a courageous battle with cancer two days after his 67th birthday, surrounded by family and loved ones. Hope-filled to the end, he never allowed himself to be defined by cancer. Paul left his thoughtful and passionate mark in all he did. He was particularly proud of his accomplishments as a young man that profoundly influenced the rest of his life. His devout Catholic faith guided him with wisdom and strength.
A world traveler, Paul brought his experiences into the classroom as an anthropology instructor at Whatcom Community College for 22 years. His care and compassion for animals extended to environmental causes later in life, believing that every living thing needs an advocate.
Paul is survived by his adoring wife, Christy; brother, Bob Modie (Joyce); sister, Sister Vincent Schroeder; daughter Aubrey (Artz) and son-in-law Loren Miller; grandchildren Lincoln and Luci Miller; parents-in-law Gary and Pam Smith; brother-in-law and his wife, Nathan and Jennie Smith; and countless family and friends. A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, January 11, at St. Anne’s, Blaine. The memories, love, and laughter shared by all in the days preceding Paul’s death define what a blessing he was, and will continue to be, to all who knew him. He will live on in our hearts—may we all make the world a brighter place by sharing his light and love. The family requests memorial donations be made to Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom Hospice House, or Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.