Paul passed away at the age of 81 leaving behind many family and friends who loved him and will forever miss him.

Paul was predeceased by his parents, Luis and Germina Almeida; brothers, Carlos and Ezekiel, and sisters, Isabel and Noemia. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Maria Lourdes, his 3 children: Mark (Alynn), Lisa (Sean) and Aaron (Karissa); 6 grandchildren: Aidyn, Harrison, Avalon, Lola, Mia and Mateo and by his sister Eduarda.

Paul was born on November 3, 1941 in Agua de Pau, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. He immigrated to Canada with his wife Maria in January 1969 to join other members of his family to start a new life in Victoria, BC.

He started working with his brother Carlos as a barber, and eventually went on to open his own first salon at Hillside Centre called Changing Times Hair Studio. Over the years he continued to grow the business, adding another 4 salons and 1 esthetics studio: La Moda, Bella Moda, Moda Fina, Changing Times Tillicum Mall and Bonita Esthetics. He worked behind the chair until the age of 77 until his legs could not hold him up any longer. He then downsized the company to one salon with all his very best stylists and his son Aaron and daughter Lisa taking over all managing operations. That salon is Bella Moda Hair Studio at Hillside Centre, which is still thriving to this day. Paul was in the salon the day before his passing, still doing some background accounting and banking duties.

In Paul’s spare time, he was a soccer referee for many years, and was an avid dog trainer with his son Aaron. He loved tending to his property and garden. His son, Mark adopted his passion for working outdoors and now has a business of his own as a Stone Mason and Landscaper. Above all, Paul loved his home and his family.  He always had a glass of wine for anyone that visited. According to Paul, his homemade wine was the best in the west.

Paul’s legacy is his humour, smile, laugh and love of a good (bad) joke. His warmth and fun nature was known to many in the community. He will be missed by all that had the privilege to know him.

A Funeral Service to honour Paul, will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 2:00pm with burial to follow at the Royal Oak Burial Park next door. Friends are then invited to return to the Sequoia Centre for a reception.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Louis Matos

    Sorry to hear my cousin Paul passed away please accept my condolences may he Rest in Peace

  • Tisa Giuffre

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was kind man.
    Rest in peace Paul.

  • Patrick and Lynne Harkness

    On behalf of my wife Lynne and myself we were saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I was a colleague as a soccer referee and he mentored me when I started my refereeing career.

    Paul was also an avid supporter of the Vancouver Island Soccer Referees Association and participated in many of its social activities.

    We were blessed to know him.

  • Julie Beer

    My deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather. I am so sorry for your great loss!! May God bring you comfort, peace and strength during this very difficult time!! Sending you all lots of love, hugs and prayers!!!

    Julie Beer

  • Dave, Cindy, Sadie, and Kai Hatt

    Love you guys!!! Paul was always so funny & welcoming to us way back when we first arrived in Victoria. Made us feel right at home.


    Paul was one of the longest merchants at Hillside Centre (Bella Moda) .. our paths usually crossed in the morning as Paul was visiting the salon and I was taking our office dog out for a walk. We always shared a few minutes together and meeting him was often the highlight of my day. Paul will be missed by a lot of people here at Hillside .. I was lucky to know him.

  • Tara

    Heaven gained one special Angel
    May you rest In Peace Paul. I am thankful for the 6.5 years of employment laughter stories and words of wisdom from you.
    I send strength to Paul’s wife Maria & family.
    To Paul’s kids Mark Aaron and Lisa your father was so very proud of each of you and all you accomplished loved you all so very much.
    Till we meet again Paul.

  • Heintz Family

    We appreciated Paul’s kindness and willingness to always lend a hand. He will be missed by all of his neighbours and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • Jenn C

    My deepest condolences to all of Paul’s family, friends & coworkers. I had the pleasure of working with Paul for many years as his Sales Rep. At one time we met weekly in his little office. Paul always had a story to share, we’d talk about family, his latest interests (sometimes business) the good ‘ol days & how much the industry has changed.

    He will be missed by all.

  • Donna and David Chapman

    I used to take Ian and Gordon to the hillside barber shop and Paul would cut their hair. He was the nicest man. He would always talk about his children and how ironic that one of the members of a family close to us would marry his daughter Lisa. A lovely man!!!

  • Patricia & Barry

    Dear Lisa, family and friends
    Our deepest condolences
    Thinking of you in this difficult time
    Patricia & Barry

  • carol ann lonsdale

    so sorry to hear of your Dad’s sudden passing Aaron. My thoughts and prayers to you and all the members of your family, Sincerely Carol-Ann Lonsdale

  • Lisa Cyr-Cantwell

    He will be missed ! He was my boss for 15 years and truly an awesome man!

  • Debbie MacLeod

    So very sorry for your loss.

  • Lisa&Jason Oulton

    Paul always will be remembered for his laugh and warm smile. And big hugs. he was always there with a hug and a lending ear to talk to and give advice. Paul had a great sense of humour, But at the the same time His love for Life and his Family, and his Business was his pride and joy. I met Paul and the Almeida Family back in 2008. And worked at Bella Moda as a Aesthetician until 2017. Paul touched the lives of many including myself. I will miss him dearly. Deepest Condolences go out to His Family and Friends. This is not a goodbye Paul! This is see you again. May you Rest in Peace.

  • Lori Vogt

    It was a privilege to be your neighbour for 26 years. Paul will be missed on our block, and my heart goes out to all the family who loved him so dearly.

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