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In Memory of Sergeant (ret’d) Paulo (Paul) Jorge Batista

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Sergeant (ret’d) Paulo (Paul) Jorge Batista, 60, of Ottawa, ON.  He passed away peacefully on December 13th, 2023 with his beloved wife of 38 years, Susan (Sue), by his side.

Paul was born in 1963 in Setubal, Portugal.  He came to Canada with his family in 1966 where he grew up in Ottawa.

Paul was a man of many talents.  After graduating from Gloucester High School, he went on to study Architecture at Algonquin College.  While architecture was not part of his career path, always the gifted craftsman, Paul continued to create beautiful spaces throughout his life.  It was at the young age of 12 that Paul’s life of service began when he joined Army Cadets, and later the Army Reserves. When Paul enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces at 22, it was in pursuit of his passion for flying. Alas, flight was not where Paul was meant to land.  His true calling was to serve the City of Ottawa as a Police Officer.  Paul joined the Gloucester Police Service in 1987, now Ottawa Police Service (OPS), where he held many significant and diverse roles.  He was a well-respected Police Officer who made lasting connections and lifelong friendships throughout his career.  His retirement in 2020 marked a shift from a life in service to the community, to a life in service of his beloved family.  This period of Paul’s life was for family and friends, visiting his home away from home (Florida), travel, outdoor adventures, playing guitar, and making beautiful memories with the joys of his life, his grandchildren:  Kiera, Cade, Mikayla and Alyna.

Paul made such a positive difference in the lives he touched and was deeply loved as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.  Those who knew Paul well, knew him as a determined, hardworking, and passionate man.  Throughout his life, and until his last breath, he lived life his way, which means a life lived to the fullest.  We love you, Paul, and miss you deeply – you will forever be with us in our hearts.  We will be seeing you in all the old and familiar places.

Paul is survived by the love of his life, Sue, his children and their families:  Courtenay (Byron, Mikayla, Alyna), Jonathan Scott (Stephanie, Kiera, Cade); his brothers and their families:  Miguel (Ashley, Mylee, Degan, Hudson, Corbin), Filipe (Seanna, Skyla, Brooke, Nova); his mother: Fernanda; and, many devoted friends, in particular Norm Sandre, and extended family.  Paul is predeceased by his father, Diamantino.  We know you are flying with the angels and watching over us.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Ottawa Police Association, 141 Catherine Street, on Sunday January 7, 2024, from 1300-1600.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Cancer Research at the Ottawa Hospital (TOH). For those wanting to solely pay their respects to the family, please arrive after 1500 hours. A zoom link to the Celebration of Life will be provided upon request to Sfrad025@live.ca

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You will forever be in our thoughts! The impact you made as a brother, brother-in-law, uncle and above all friend can never be replaced. Your legacy will live strong and will be shared by your family and friends. You’re gone way too soon, but will remain in the hearts of many.

Your family will always be looked after by your brother and he will continue to share the memories he has of you.

Rest in peace Paul

Love Miguel, Ashley, Mylee, Degan, Hudson and Corbin. ✝️

I had the great pleasure of meeting Paul through a wonderful friendship via Sue. Paul will be remembered as a kind, funny and thoughtful friend. My thoughts are with Sue and family during this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
With love, John Casselman & family

I had the pleasure of working with Paul for the last years of my career. Paul had a passion for his job and his family. His laugh was infectious. Often I heard him during the day speaking with his mother. We spoke often about his home in Florida and our families.

You will be missed.

Paul was not only an excellent and dedicated police officer, but he was well loved with his infectious personality and hearty laugh at work. We shared some of the same trials and tribulations on some Emergency Services Unit call outs, but also good times early in his career when he was with Gloucester along the OPP border to Cumberland. very saddened to hear of his untimely passing and deepest condolences to his family. Such a great guy and a sad loss to this world. His memory lives on.

We have had the pleasure of being Paul and Sue’s neighbors for the past 31 years ever since we moved here from Montreal.
Our families have grown up together throughout the years and we are not just friends and neighbors but feel like family.
It is hard for us to imagine that we no longer will see Paul working around his beautiful house that he transformed over the years.
Always willing to lend a hand or a tool. You are missed my friend.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of your family. Rest in peace Paul. Love Franco and Michelina

Dear Sue, Courtenay and Jonathan, I am sending my deepest sympathies at this very difficult time. Having worked and known Paul since getting hired with the Gloucester Police I have very fond memories of us working together on patrol and more particularly during our 4 year tenure as Use of Force Instructors together. His smile and laugh always lit the room, his work ethic and knowledge made him a well respected colleague and friend. I unfortunately will not be in Ottawa on the 7 th but trust I will be there in spirits. May his spirit always be with you! Rest in peace brother! Thoughts and prayers . Julie Vaillant

I had the pleasure of working with and spending time with Paul. It’s profoundly sad to hear of his passing. Great smile and laugh and always a kind word from him. He will be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to his family. He spoke so highly of you all.

Dear Paul and Family,
Your friendliness and smile will stay with us forever. May you rest in peace. May your loved ones find peace and courage in this time of sorrow.
Micheline & François Lafrance

Sue, Courtenay, Scotty and the entire Batista family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences on Paul’s passing. It was my honour and privilege of calling Paulo a great colleague more more importantly a wonderful friend. Having worked with and known him for over half a lifetime, his passing was a real shock. I was saddened and surprised when he shared his diagnosis with us but I was buoyed by his determination and strength in the face of adversity. I will fondly recall his good nature and his readiness to share a story and a laugh. I know you know it but I want to let you know that he loved you and was very proud of you. Our little coffee group won’t be the same without you Infidel (our little inside joke) but you will always live on in our hearts. You are loved and won’t be forgotten. There will always be a chair at the table for you, buddy.

You fought the good fight and now it’s time for you to rest.

Rest in peace my friend. You’ve earned it.


Sue, Courtenay and Scott, I’m sending you and your families a great big hug of comfort in losing Paul. He was absolutely one of the best of the ‘good guys’. Our lives have been intertwined on and off since we walked into adulthood, from being neighbors, our boys being best friends since the age of 3, coaching and mentoring soccer teams, and Paul and I working together for almost 3 decades. Through it all, with the challenges that life throws in our way, Paul always had a smile on his face and a hand extended to help someone else who needed the assistance. He showed that he cared more for others than himself right up until his final moments. He will be missed by many, if that can provide you any solace while you feel his loss and grieve.

Dear Sue and Family
Paulo was a great friend in high school and during our times in the Reserves. I often thought of him over the years. He was a great person, never hesitated to lend a helping hand, and knew intuitively what needed to be done.
He has left us way too early and I wish you Sue all the warmth and love you deserve at this time.
With gratitude and light
Lana Burnley
(Gloucester High, 3 Field Engineer Sqn)

Paulo was one of the good guys. I worked with him for several years and I had tremendous respect for him. He was a solid street cop and a good man.

I’m so sorry for Paulo’s family.

Paulo was a dear friend for over 30 years.
We shared many wonderful moments and memories. Paulo did not appear to be afraid of much and his determination to do what he believed was right was envied. Although he is no longer with us in body, my memory of his strong, generous and contagiously friendly character will remain intact for as long as I live.
I miss you already. ♥️
Diane Sandre

Dear Sue and family,
Paulo was a good friend of mine at Gloucester High School. We had so much fun together at our Grade 12 graduation.
He was a great guy with a warm bright smile who I have thought of often throughout the years.

Sue and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathies are sent to the Batista family. Paulo memory will be held in our hearts.

Take care,

Susan Shea

Paul was an amazing man who was instrumental in getting me hired as a police officer. In the early 90’s, Paul helped me get a job working the cells at the old Gloucester Police and was later my main reference to become.sworn member. I always looked up to Paul and we’ve made great memories over the years working at OPS. His passing at such a young age was a shock; I always saw Paul as larger than life and will miss him dearly. To Sue, Scott, Courtney and the rest of the family, please accept my sincere condolences.

Paul was an amazing man who was instrumental in getting me hired as a police officer. In the early 90’s, Paul helped me get a job working the cells at the old Gloucester Police and was later my main reference to become a sworn member. I always looked up to Paul and we’ve made great memories over the years working at OPS. His passing at such a young age was a shock; I always saw Paul as larger than life and will miss him dearly. To Sue, Scott, Courtney and the rest of the family, please accept my sincere condolences.

You have been a great friend and brother to my best friend your brother Miguel.
I will always remember the times you looked out for all of us growing up
May you rest in piece my friend

Sue & Family,

Words cannot adequately express our deepest condolences. We will treasure our memories of weddings, dinners, euchre nights, and many other get togethers. We shared many laughs over the years and Paul will be so very missed. He will forever live in our hearts.

Xoxoxo all our love,

Doug and Nat

Dear Susan and family
I’m so sorry for you losing Paul, please accept my condolences. A really decent guy Paul was, very personable – good, competent officer. It was a pleasure to have worked with him at OPS for many years. May you all gain strength, inspiration and joy from the many rich memories of Paul.

Paul was an acquaintance through my work family Sue, but it was a pleasure always catching up with him over work summer BBQs and Christmas parties. He was always kind and inclusive. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and family. Deepest sympathies xx Rabia Ishaq

Dear Sue and Family,

We just found out about Paul’s passing. So, so sad.

We have many fond memories of him, during our time as neighbours. He was a decent soul. Please accept our belated and sincerest condolences.

May his memory be a blessing to you all.

Take care,

Sergio and Laureen Marchi

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