Known as "Mr. Curler" throughout most of northwestern Ontario, Charlie Paul has been involved in curling as a volunteer and active participant for over half a century. His start into the sport of curling occurred in 1939 when he used his own horse and wagon to voluntarily remove excavation for the construction of the Hornepayne curling rink. He has been involved with the Hornepayne Curling Club ever since.
As a participant in the game of curling, Charlie has skipped his own crews for over 45 years, continuing into his early 80s. Charlie is also renowned throughout the area as an excellent horseshoe player.
It is the many years of hard work and dedication to the sport of curling which has endeared Charlie Paul to the people of northwestern Ontario. Charlie has donated his talents to make the ice at the Hornepayne Curling Club for over 35 years, a task he still performs at the age of 86. Since 1967 Charlie has assisted his wife Doris with the School Boy Curling program and also brightens up any curling bonspiel with his engaging personality, always sure to recite some of his poetry to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Not surprisingly, Charlie has received numerous awards from organizations across the region. He has Life Memberships to the Hornepayne and Geraldton curling clubs and is an honourary member of the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association and Longlac Curling Club.
The greatest tribute given to Charlie occurred in 1982 when the new Hornepayne Curling rink was constructed. The building was named 'The C & D Paul Community Centre' in appreciation of the years of work he and his wife had given to the sport of curling and the people of Hornepayne.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 1990