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In loving memory of
Paul Provance
  • March 25, 1942
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  • February 28, 2022

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Paul Provance passed away peacefully on February 28th with his loving wife and soul mate Pat by his side. After almost five years of steadily failing health, he is finally at peace—just a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday.
Paul was born on March 25th, 1942, in Baltimore, Maryland to Joseph Willis and Norma Provance. He had a challenging childhood at times, changing schools 10 times due to his father’s work, and he ended up living with his beloved paternal grandparents (“Pop” and “Granny”) so that he could attend and graduate from Calvert Hall High School.
He and his first wife Victoria married young and had three children. He worked many different jobs to support them—all while attending the University of Baltimore at night for 11 years (!) to earn his degree. His many later jobs were focused on finance, and eventually the growing field of computers.
Paul married Pat in 1984 and they enjoyed more than 38 years together. After several years, he started his first business, MCA Systems, with a partner in the basement of their home. That grew to 30 employees. His next and final business with two partners was Infinite Technologies, requiring him to travel the world to establish partnerships in other countries.
Paul and Pat purchased their home in The Villages in 2005 and moved here full time in late 2006 after Pat retired. His focus then shifted to golf, pickle ball and softball—but softball was his passion. He was a player, manager, umpire, evaluator and served on the Board until his health began to fail. He also realized the need to give back and was a devoted Guardian Ad Litem for 10 years, advocating for the needs of neglected, abused, and abandoned children in the 5th circuit.
When asked how he’d like to be remembered in addition to his amazing work ethics, he replied “That I was fair.” However, the many who knew and loved him would surely add that he was kind, loyal, loving, generous and funny. He adored spending time with family, cuddling with his pets, Friday lunches at World of Beer, and traveling the world with Pat. He loved his country, The Villages, and his many wonderful friends who are left with a lot of happy memories.
Paul is survived by Pat, son Joe Provance, daughters Ronni Anderson (Ken) and Val Stewart (Ken), stepson Steven Comfort (Marissa), stepdaughter Susan Comfort, ten grandchildren (Kelly, JP, Emily, Brian, Anna, Ashley, Lauren, Ariella, Luke, and Ella and one great-grandson “Manny.” He is also survived by his brother, Mark Provance, sister-in-law Candy Geise, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family is deeply grateful to the angels on our Cornerstone Hospice Villages Team- Angie, Briana, Leslie, Cindi—for their kindness and care for more than 10 challenging months. Without their support, Pat would not have been able to keep him at home as his full-time caregiver.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Paul’s memory to one or both of these wonderful groups:
Cornerstone Hospice (Villages Team)
601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 (www.cornerstonehospice.org)
Voices for Children of North Central Florida
P.O. Box 4062, Ocala, FL 34478 (www.voices4childrenfl.org)
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 PM on Sunday March 27th at Laurel Manor Recreation Center (Washington and Jefferson Rooms)


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  1. Mark Wilson says:
    21 Mar 2022
    I had the pleasure of meeting Paul when I went to work for Infinite Technologies. He was one of the kindest people I ever met. We got to play golf occasionally and traveled quite a few places together around the globe, and it was always memorable. I remember sitting in the hallway of a guest house in Hannover Germany during one of the conferences we attended, quite possibly after a few beers, and asking Paul what it had been like to be a Beatle. I don’t remember ever laughing that hard again. Rest in peace my friend!

  2. Judy Blackburn says:
    17 Mar 2022
    I met Paul at Flynn & Emrich Company in Baltimore some 40 years ago. We worked together and my husband and I became fast friends with Paul and with his then future wife Pat. We had lots of fun together over the years, even after we moved away. Visiting them at the Villages, we realized that both of these workaholics had finally found a fun place in their lives where they could enjoy new and old hobbies, relax, enjoy their cats and their many friends. We already miss Paul and his huge smile and are blessed to have been his friend. Our hearts go out to Pat, who, I know misses him immensely.

  3. Dianne Gudaitis says:
    16 Mar 2022
    Dear Gentle Soul Rest in Peace
    Dianne Gudaitis

  4. Susan King says:
    15 Mar 2022
    I am so very sorry Pat. May God guide and comfort you and the family during this very difficult time. You and Paul made the best GAL team ever and we were not the same without you. I will never forget how hard Paul fought for all of his kids, but especially for one child on a particularly challenging case. He made a difference and made the world a better and brighter place for all of his kids and us at the GALP. Blessed to have known him.

  5. Susan King lit a candle:
    15 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 15, 2022 at 3:11:38 AM

  6. Diana Gisonni says:
    14 Mar 2022
    Paul, thank you for all you did for the abused and neglected children you so admirable advocated for here in the 5th Circuit. In addition, your wisdom and knowledge passed along to new volunteers will continue to live on and enrich the lives of children for years to come.

    Rest in peace Paul.

    Prayers of comfort to the family.
    Diana Gisonni
    5th Circuit GAL Program

  7. Gae Pensabene lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:47:39 AM

  8. Marcia Hilty says:
    13 Mar 2022
    When I think of Paul, I think of the phase “batters up,” because for me and the abused and neglected children he represented, he was always at the plate ready to swing away.

    On behalf of all the children and families you helped and those of us lucky enough to know you, I say Rest In Peace, Paul. You’ve done your work and you did it well. I shall sorely miss you.

    Marcia Hilty
    Circuit Director
    Guardian ad Litem Program

  9. Ann says:
    13 Mar 2022
    Paul will be greatly missed. He was a kind and loving person. May he rest in peace now. Ann wagman

  10. Natalie Warner says:
    12 Mar 2022
    What a remarkable life Paul had. And a wonderful legacy left behind. I wish you all love and comfort and peace knowing that the memory of Paul will live on.

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