Paul Hellyer Obituary
The Honorable Paul Hellyer
6 août 1923 – 8 août 2021
He was the Queen’s longest serving Privy Councillor at the time of his death. An opera singer, television host, engineer, author, economist, resort owner, UFOlogist and noted philanthropist, Paul’s roles in life were as varied and diverse as the cultural shifts he experienced during his ten decades. Technology savvy until the end, he stayed in close touch with family and friends through email and Zoom. A deeply religious man, Paul was a long-time parishioner of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. Although he will be remembered by the public for his political accomplishments, those closest to him will forever recall him as the proprietor and ‘captain’ of Arundel Lodge, a rustic cottage resort on Lake Muskoka which the Hellyer family opened to guests every summer for seventy years. It was through this beautiful piece of land that Paul touched and impacted so many lives, sowing friendships and family relationships that have lasted lifetimes and created a unique bond between successive generations. An avid swimmer his entire life, Paul’s favourite view was to look out over the lake as the late afternoon sun created the illusion of ‘diamonds’ sparkling on the ripples and waves of the water. With our captain hats on and a well-mixed Manhattan in our hands, we raise a toast to a life well lived, a life well loved, and a life that will not soon be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Help Lesotho https://www.helplesotho.org/donate-now/ or Metropolitan United Church – Community Meal Program https://www.metunited.org/donate
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Metropolitan United Church at 56 Queen St. East, Toronto on Saturday, August 14th at 11:00am. Attendance is limited and registration is required; a registration link will be added here in the next few days. The service will be livestreamed as well. Online condolences may be made using this website.