The Crew
The Ship
War Service
Navy Life
Post War

Biography of Paul Coombs Lt. d. Jan 15, 2008.

Viewers able to provide more information (stories or photos) are asked to contact Dan Delong.
March 1945 Photo Nene Lives Book Photo
Extracted from the photo of the Crew of the Nene on deck taken March 1945
Photo from the book "NENE LIVES The Story of H.M.C.S. Nene & her Crew" - 1993

Paul B. Coombs - Lieutenant (Gunnery)
Paul B. Coombs was born in 1915 in Toronto. He received his education there at various public schools and North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Paul entered the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1933 and worked in branches in Toronto until joining the navy as an ordinary seaman, in 1942. He rejoined the Bank on discharge, in November 1945, and subsequently served in various senior positions across Canada, including manager of the Main Branches in Lethbridge, Ottawa and Vancouver, as well as being manger of Branches in Victoria and Winnipeg. He retired from the Bank in 1975 as Assistant General Manager, British Columbia. Paul then became Director of Sales, Western Canada for Scotiafund Financial Services Ltd., and later President Downtown Parking Corporation, Vancouver. Subsequently he set up his own business as a financial consultant and became director on the boards of a number of local Vancouver companies. He was active in C.E.S.O. ( Cdn Executive Service Overseas) and worked with Indian Bands in British Columbia and the Yukon. He is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management. Paul married Lois Massey in 1944 and they have two children, John and Leslie. Lois passed away in 1971 and Paul married Bunty Maynard Roberts, who had one son Arthur. Between them they now have seven grandchildren. Paul and Bunty enjoy travel.

In his 93rd year, Paul Barr Coombs passed away on January 15, 2008. He served in managerial positions in the Bank of Nova Scotia for 42 years, also taking on leadership roles with business organizations and charitable institutions in Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Ottawa and Vancouver.


Webmaster: Dan Delong - Updated: November 30, 2002