Paul Milnes

Obituary of Paul Milnes

Milnes, Paul Peacefully at London, Ontario on October 31, 2022, in his 81st year. Loving husband of Lynne, father of Kamini and Kaarina (Kevin), and grandfather of Rowan, Hayden, and Myla. He is deeply missed. Paul was a devoted and supportive husband and father, a dedicated friend and colleague, and kept in close contact with his extended family in Canada and the United States. He maintained his connections with the Oneida Community in Sherrill, New York, contributing to the Oneida Community Journal and visiting the Mansion House regularly. He was a world traveler, an accomplished photographer, lover of the visual and performing arts, accomplished home brewer, and dedicated amateur cartographer, collector, and archivist. Paul was always physically active and was well known for riding his bicycle 365 days a year, in addition to taking many solo cycling trips in France. Born in 1942 at Women’s College Hospital to Humphrey (Bud) Milnes and Lillian Brett, Paul spent much of his early life in Toronto. Paul was predeceased by his sister Beverly (Harold), and was a devoted uncle to Christopher, Paul, Charlotte, and Katherine. After being introduced by a family friend, Paul and Lynne Atherton were married in 1965. Paul graduated from U of T with a PhD in Mathematics in 1970 and had a 40-year career as a professor in the Math Department at the University of Western Ontario. He had an extensive network of colleagues around the world and published many research papers and books with his close collaborators. After his retirement, he maintained his weekly lunch at the grad club with friends from departments across the university. Expressions of sympathy can be made through London Cremation Services at (519) 672-0459 or online at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Médecins Sans Frontières ( or the London Symphonia ( The family would like to thank the staff of the 3rd floor at Marian Villa for caring for Paul in his last years. There will be a celebration of Paul’s life on the Western University campus on Sunday November 27th. The celebration will be held at the Great Hall in Somerville House from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, followed by a reception at the Grad Club in Middlesex College from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
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