It is with a heavy heart that I must pass on the sad news that former colleague and friend Paul Kutzer passed away on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022. Paul was working in his garage and suffered a heart attack. He was happy in his life on Vancouver Island playing with his grandsons but, unfortunately, he was experiencing numerous health issues.
Our sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to Marion and family at this difficult time. I will post more details when I receive more information from Marion. In the meantime, here is a summary of Paul’s warden service career as recorded in his Oral History interview.
Paul had an interesting career with the National Park Warden Service after having served for a time with the R.C.M.P. and with provincial parks. Paul joined the warden service in 1966 with his first posting in Waterton Lakes National Park. Paul’s career spanned 31 years with Parks Canada. He became Area Manager of the Lake Louise district; served as Acting Chief Park Warden in Banff National Park. He accepted a position in Halifax as Regional Warden Specialist serving in that capacity for nine years.
Returning to the west in 1991, he became Chief Park Warden of Yoho National Park where he served for six years prior to retiring in 1997 due to ill health.
The Park Warden Service Alumni Society are extremely grateful to Paul for allowing us to record his Oral History Interview that was conducted by Christine Crilley-Everts in the spring of 2014. His transcript can be read at:
Park Warden Service Alumni Society
P.O Box 1611
Turner Valley, AB.,