Paul Hayward Guinther passed away peacefully on December 27, 2023 at the VA Hospital in Aurora, CO with his partner, Sue, at his side.
Paul was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. as the only child of George and June Guinther. He attended schools in that area and in 1966 joined the Army where he served as a medical corpsman at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was a reservist from 1969 to 1972 where he was introduced to the beauty of the Pacific NW when he was assigned to Fort Lewis. After his service, he completed his degree in psychology at the University of Washington and started working for Lighthouse for the Blind. He found his true calling in a career that included engineering, drafting, asbestos abatement and shipyard work in the Pacific Northwest.
He joined the WIHSKI ski club in Seattle and it was through the ski club where he met Susan Lorenzo. They spent 38 fulfilling and fun years together as a couple. Sue was eventually transferred from Seattle to Denver with the phone company in 1995. Paul started working there also and retired after 15 years with the company.
Paul was an accomplished keyboardist and played piano, harpsichord and clavichord. He was an avid collector of film cameras, fountain pens, steam and electric model trains, vinyl albums (early classical music), and had an extensive collection of wonderful books on many subjects. He was an incredible cyclist, logging thousands of miles and was a lover of motorcycles, especially anything British.
He was a gentle man, never raising his voice or losing his temper. He was incredibly knowledgeable on many subjects and he was loved by everyone.
Paul's only survivor is Sue Lorenzo, his lifelong partner. He will be buried in Olympia, WA with her family. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held in Denver and one will be held in Olympia. Announcements will be sent when both are scheduled.