paul-anthony-burnsA tribute to Paul Anthony Burns

Paul Anthony Burns, Age 72 passed away at his home, with his family at his side on July 2nd 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Carole, five children, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Edward, Lucia, and Katherine and seven grandchildren. Born in Malta in 1940, Paul enjoyed a very rich life; a champion cyclist, keen rugby player and canoeist at school and then an accomplished merchant seaman for the British India Steam Company. He found his soul mate, Carole Irving in 1961 in Newcastle upon Tyne, and they subsequently married in 1963, and remained together until the end. After leaving the Navy, Paul started his successful career as a packaging engineer, and his profession took him to Canada in 1972. The family thrived in Toronto and Montreal, where Paul led successful businesses in packaging for many years. He was an active member of the community; coaching junior football teams and standing for local political election. Paul moved his family back to the UK in 1979, and it was during this time that he founded Argolin Ltd. Based in Liphook, Argolin is one the UK’s most respected and established independent packaging firms, and has supported employment in the community for over 30 years.

In his later years Paul enjoyed spending time on his beloved boat and with his family and grandchildren at the Burns home in Headley.

Paul personified the expression“larger than life”. He engaged strangers and friends with his wit, well read intelligence and booming laugh.  He made an indelible impression on everyone he encountered; as an impressive leader in business, a loyal and fun loving friend, an inspirational and adored father and beloved husband.

His family have remained by his side through it all and were with him until the end.