Paul Christie
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Molloy Funeral Home
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West Hartford, CT
Paul Clayton Christie, 76, of West Hartford, CT died March 26, 2021. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and community leader. He is predeceased by his wife Kathy (Lillig) Christie, parents George and Beatrice (Abigail) Christie, and brother Robert Christie. His daughters and their families, Kysa (wife Lauren & son Harrison) and Cara (wife Jar & son Hoban) carry his loving memory forward. Paul was born in Detroit, Michigan, received his BA at Ottawa University (KS), studied at Colgate Rochester Divinity School (NY) and graduated from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA. Paul's life mission was to exemplify compassion and love, and he fulfilled these in his work and at home. He fell in love with his wife and started his family in California. In CA, he worked for Greater Richmond Interfaith Program and Urban Ministries, advocating for those without a voice and working to establish equitable services. In 1983, he moved to the Hartford area to serve as Executive Director of Center City Churches, which became Hands On Hartford. Paul served as Executive Director for 26 years, caring for Hartford families and individuals in need through community engagement. Paul was particularly proud that Center City Churches established Peter's Retreat, Hartford's first supportive housing program for people living with AIDS, as well as the state's first and only group home for adults with serious mental illness. Outside of work, Paul loved being with his family, and traveling with his wife and daughters to new destinations both near and far, most notably camping in Yosemite, traversing Europe and New Zealand, and visiting family in northern California. Paul will be remembered for his compassion, integrity, and calm, kind soul. An online service will be held June 15 via the Unitarian Society of Hartford (see http://www.ushartford.com/events/ for details). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hands On Hartford to establish a memorial fund in Paul's name for housing stability, or a contribution to the Campership Program at Camp Asto Wamah. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, please visit https://www.molloyfuneralhome.com/.
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Published by Hartford Courant from Apr. 11 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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I was so lucky to meet Paul 23 year’s ago as I was an au pair for the year. Cathy and Paul are one amazing couple whole the loved there family. My daughter and I were very blessed to be able to show them Christchurch New Zealand. We had so much fun. Natasha was so found of Paul as Paul was great with he. Paul was so proud to be a grandparent and always fulled me in the his children.
Now you are with your beautiful wife and now you are at peace. We will never forget you both this was taken in Christchurch New Zealand
Joanne bateman
Friend
June 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Christie family at Paul's passing. I worked as a part time admistrative aide to the staff of Center City Churches, both in the early days at the mental health residence in Hartford, and also at the Central Office. Paul had a vision of what the mental health residence should and would become, and I was so fortunate to see and be part of, how many lives were touched for the better. Paul was a man of great faith, compassion and integrity. He also had such a wonderful sense of humor, which he shared with me often. He loved his family. He was such a fine man, I respected him so much, and to this day, I hold such a special place in my heart for his establishment of Peter's Retreat, as well as the mental health residence. Rest in peace Paul. God Bless you and your family.

Patricia Beckius
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Patricia Beckius
Friend
May 10, 2021
Kysa & Cara,

I worked with your father for 14 years at Center City Churches. I deeply appreciated him and I believe we became good friends over those years. I think of him every day and for the longest time has been planning to call him. I wish that I had.

You are both startling, smart and compassionate women whom I assume were greatly influenced by his commitment to social justice and care for the marginalized. Both of your parents were wonderful people and I will always hold them in my heart. Laura
Laura Thornton
Friend
April 19, 2021
Kysa & Cara,

I worked with your dad for 14 years and during that time I developed great respect for him and believe we became close friends. I think about him everyday and had been thinking for years that I needed to call him. I wish I had.

He and your mom raised you both to be startling, bright and kind women. I know his generosity of spirit and commitment to the marginalized and the community must have had a profound impact on you.

I will always hold him in my heart. Laura
Laura L Thornton
Friend
April 19, 2021

To Paul''s Family
Sharing in your sadness as you remember Paul . I worked with Paul through B.Perkins Insurance Agency when he was the Executive Director of Center City Churches . He was always kind and professional! In fact, your description in the obituary ..........."Paul will be remembered for his compassion, integrity, and calm, kind soul.." echo my description EXACTLY!
May God wrap his arms around you all and bring you Peace and Comfort. Fly High, Paul!
Bev George
April 18, 2021
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Paul!
Bev George
April 18, 2021
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