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.
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.