Paul Huszti passed away peacefully in Trail, BC on June 7 at the age of 85.
Paul was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba where he grew up with his mother and brother after losing his father early in life to a mining accident. He enjoyed canoeing and fishing the northern lakes as a teen, and achieved Royal Conservatory grade 8 level on piano. In 1958 he obtained his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and moved to Trail as a new graduate to begin what would be his career at Cominco. Paul thrived working on technical projects and appreciated his colleagues. Many professional relationships he formed along the way turned into long-lasting friendships.
Like many, Paul was attracted to the active lifestyle the Kootenays offered. He hiked, skied, and greatly enjoyed the comradery of being a long-time member of local golf and curling clubs. Paul was passionate about community; he was active on committees in his church for many years and loved organizing company golf tournaments in Banff and Penticton until his retirement in 1997.
Paul was a dedicated handyman who spent years constructing his infamous rock retaining wall that has majestically stood the test of time. He loved to lend his skill to others – constructing decks and planters for friends, kites for neighborhood kids, and even a wooden racetrack for the local Cub Scouts.
Paul was a devoted father to his two sons, a loved father-in-law, and a proud and wise grandfather who was always eager to hear of the activities and achievements of his grandchildren and to offer them his love and encouragement. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife Alaine, sons Grant (Liena) and Gavin (Janice), granddaughters Mimi, Danielle, Nomi, grandson Stuart, brother Melvin (Hélène), brother-in-law Robert Wiltzen (Janet), brother-in-law Wes Baker, numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his parents Pal and Irma Huszti of Hungary and sister-in-law Rhoda Baker.
Paul was supported in declining health through the caregiving of his loving wife Alaine; the family would also like to express their sincere thanks to all the staff at Columbia View Lodge who looked after and comforted him.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
Sending you my deepest sympathies for the passing of a wonderful person. Alaine you shared many happy memories together. Remember a particular time during a computer class and we were sitting together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alaine and family I wish you much love as you think about Paulès life and cherish all that you enjoyed and lived with him. I appreciated his clear thinking and straight forward words in his participation in Rossland United Church. Rev. Shelley
Huszti Family, So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, mom always had wonderful admiration and love for your family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Vic, Rino, Marian Pozzobon
Alaine, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed our quick visits while running into you around town. Thinking of you at this sad time. Take care Teresa & Barry Baker
Alaine and family: I was sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was always pleasant to talk to and did a lot of work for the United Church. May your good memories help you get through your grief. GayLaJuan Lattanzio
Alaine and family. We were so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Alaine, you and Paul were tied at the hip. My heart breaks for you and the boys! Thinking of you during these difficult times. Gerry and Ernie Brown
Dear Alaine and family, We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Paul was a very gentle soul and extremely likeable. Alaine, you were always there for Paul and did your utmost to make sure he was safe and content. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs, Margie and Kay
I was a pleasure to know Paul even for a short time. Condolences from Joan & Marie
To Alaina and family. We send you our sincerest and heartfelt condolences. May the many shared memories of conversations, laughter and family times together provide you with some comfort and support at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Paul. I have many great memories of Paul and myself and my brother Gord send our love.
Dear Alaine and family. I was so sorry to see Paul had passed away. I remember him from my years at the bank and later when I would run into the both of you when we were out and about. He will live on in the beautiful memories you shared. Deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.