Gary Nelson Paquin, former longtime resident of Coronado, passed away Feb. 23, 2021 from congestive heart failure.
Gary was born Nov. 8, 1940 in Elmwood Park, Illinois. He attended Oak Park River Forest High school and spent four years in the Navy before graduating from Northern Illinois University. He lived in various places during his lifetime including Oak Park, Crystal Lake, and Rockford, Illinois., Alberta, Canada, Scottsdale Arizona., Coronado, and Vista, California, until his retirement where he spent the last several years traveling and enjoying the RV life with his loving wife, Page Gibson Paquin, and a dog or three by their side.
Gary was an animal lover and could never resist a stray. He loved to dance and laugh and entertain. Known as quite the practical joker, his niece and nephew still refer to him as “Scary Gary,” as he couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch them off guard. He loved children and was a doting and proud father to his only child, daughter Nicole who he visited often in Imperial Beach, when on respite from his travels.
Gary had many Interests and passions in his life. He loved being on the water and was a boat owner and captain many times over. He shared this love with his family, bestowing his expertise with Nicole throughout her upbringing in Coronado, and they had many adventures together.
Gary was a builder, developer, contractor, and real estate broker. He built and sold beautiful homes and condos in Alberta, Scottsdale, and Coronado, many of which remain as they were built, maintaining their original quality and style.
Gary will be missed and remembered as a highly intelligent mind, and a man who loved fiercely with an ineffable spirit. He is survived by his spouse of 17 years, Page Gibson Paquin; daughter Nicole Paquin; his brother John “Jack” Paquin, Jr. ; niece Cheri Paquin, nephew John Paquin, III; grand niece Lauren Paquin; and cousin Barbra Hauger Chase. He is proceeded in death by his parents John Sr. and Hermoine Paquin and niece Michelle Paquin.
The family will gather privately in the near future to spread his ashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, where some of Gary’s most treasured memories lie.