It is with great sadness that we wish to share the passing of Paul Hytti, on Monday May 22, 2023 at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, at the age of 69. Paul left this world after a brief experience with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Paul leaves behind his most loving wife Laura Metay Hytti, his children Katy (Dean), Pam (Jordan), Jim, and Paul (Kristen). He also leaves behind his mother Kyllikki of White Rock, BC (father Reino predeceased) and sister Satu Thorne of New Westminster, BC.
Paul was born on February 18, 1954 in Sudbury, Ontario, to parents Reino and Kyllikki. Paul was a younger brother to sister Satu. Paul grew up in Waters Township, where his parents settled after immigrating from Finland during wartime. Paul enjoyed spending days with his lifelong friends (Ed, Ray, Kerry, Tom, Tony, Pete, and others – he was the life of the party and there are too many to name!). Paul was a graduate of St. Clair College, in the motive power technology program. He was passionate about motorcycles, fast cars, and mechanics; this passion was passed on to his eldest son. He also loved fishing at his family camp on Stratton Lake and was an extremely skilled marksman and hunter.
Paul had four children – Katy, Pam, Jim, and Paul. Being a dad was the greatest honour for Paul. He was always excited to tell people where his kids worked and what they were like. Every time Paul introduced someone to his kids, the first thing that person said was, “I’ve heard a lot about you guys”.
Later on, Paul met Laura. They discovered they were born at the same hospital only days apart. They married and were best friends. Laura took excellent care of our dad through various health challenges, and he was grateful to have her by his side. Though Paul could be quite boisterous and outgoing, when it came to animals (like his and Laura’s cat Trista), he was gentle and calm.
Paul’s spirit was bright and strong. If Paul was in the same room as you, you were certainly aware of his presence. His personality and charm were like a magnet, drawing even strangers to come chat with him. He kept staff at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Health Sciences North 4N laughing even in his last days. Though his spirit stayed with us for a little while after his passing, we know a spirit so strong had a quick and safe journey to the spirit world. He’s now off somewhere riding a Harley and enjoying a Corona. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made directly to Pet Save Sudbury https://petsavesudbury.com or to a charity of your choosing. Paul was extremely honoured when someone did something thoughtful for him (“Is that ever nice!” was a quote we often heard) and he would be humbled and touched for all of the condolences and well wishes sent our way these past few days. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.