DORAZIO, Paul “Revere”
November 28, 1941 – January 3, 2016
Father and friend to many, Paul passed away quietly in his sleep on January 3, 2016 at the age of 74. He was predeceased by both parents and a younger sister.
He leaves to mourn his loss, wife, Dr. Pat Hughes, many friends and family, and his long-time friend of 45 years, Greg Dempson.
Known as Paul “Records” Revere, he was a radio disc jockey and personality whose career spanned 50+ years. Born in Toronto, his true “home’ was Regina, where he not only became a local institution, but also made lasting friends.
Paul knew rockabilly, roots rock, folk, R & B, doo- wop, soul, country, British Invasion, MOR, and obscure novelty records like nobody else.
His career took him to radio stations across Canada. He was well-known for his love of the oldies, 1950s to 1980s and his encyclopedic knowledge of all genres of music. Always quick with a smile and a story, Paul will be missed by many friends and family throughout the world.
His humble radio sign-off typifies his personality: “Thank you for your time, this time until next time…it’s really been a pleasure.” Until we meet again in rock ‘n roll heaven, may you rest in peace.
Celebrations of Paul’s life will be held in Edmonton on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home 10011-114 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
A celebration of Paul’s life will also be held at Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 East Victoria Avenue, Regina on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The time of the service is to be determined and will be published at a future date.
Memorial donations may be made to your local office of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Light refreshments will follow a receiving line after the service.
To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 15, 2016 and the Regina Leader-Post on Jan. 22, 2016
I was so shocked and saddened to get the call from Greg to tell me of Paul’s passing. I worked with this gentle giant in the mid 70’s and early 80’s at CKRM Regina when Paul was considered one of the best in the business. I was quite young then and more than a little intimidated by Paul’s stature in radio but he made me feel like one of the boys right away and turned out to be a great friend. I’m thankful for the time I spent with him over Christmas in 2014, I was so pleased to see how well he was doing and that he was continuing to bring his talent and vast music knowledge to a great following of online listeners.
My sincere sympathy on the loss of a truly great guy.
100.3 The Q
Broadcaster, November 1973, p26
Every morning, Radio CKRM Regina’s Paul Revere calls a telephone booth and if someone answers “Hello, is this Paul Revere ?” he wins a polaroid camera.