In addition to the in-person service at the chapel, the funeral will also be live-streamed. To view the service virtually, please go to on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Paul Kortan (March 19, 1949 – November 26, 2022)

It is with great sadness that we announce that our husband, father, and grandfather, Dr. Paul Kortan, passed away on November 26, 2022. He was 73 years old.

Paul was born in Košice, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia) to Alexander and Vera Kortan. In August 1968, while in Switzerland on his way home from a holiday, Paul received word from his parents that he should not return home as Soviet-led troops had invaded Czechoslovakia. So, at the age of 19, with nothing more than a backpack, Paul immigrated to Canada.

He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, went on to study medicine at McMaster University, returned to Toronto for postgraduate training, and proceeded to complete training with specialists in Belgium and Germany. Paul became a dedicated Therapeutic Endoscopist at the Wellesley Hospital, in Toronto which eventually merged with St. Michael’s Hospital where he spent the remainder of his career. Paul worked his way to the pinnacle of his profession where he was universally respected by his fellow physicians, cherished by his students, and loved by his patients.

Paul leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Sylvia; children, Allan (Ashley) and Daniela (James); sister, Cathy (George); and granddaughter, Ava.

Paul loved to make those around him laugh, keeping up-to-date with global political affairs, and enjoying his limited free time with family and friends. He was a truly caring and humble man who impacted many people with his empathy, love, and compassion.

He will be dearly missed and remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his incredible sense of humor, and his immutable kindness.

A service will be held at Steeles Memorial Chapel. For funeral and livestreaming details, or to leave condolences or a tribute for the family, please visit

Donations in memory of Dr. Kortan can be made to the St. Michael’s Foundation and the Dr. Paul Kortan Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship Fund, by visiting