Passings: Paul Wye

Candles burning in the dark

Paul Wye, Osgoode Professional Development’s manager of information technology and innovation, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 4 in Sudbury, Ont., after suffering a severe anaphylactic reaction.

Paul Wye
Paul Wye

Wye is survived by his wife, Ruthann Drummond, and their three young sons: Quinn, Davin and Ashton. A family man who poured his heart and soul into loving and caring for those around him, he is survived by his parents, Lockie and Judi Wye; his sister, Lindsay (Ben); his parents-in-law, Ruth Ranson and Ross Drummond; his brother-in-law, Andrew (Sara); and his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by countless friends, coworkers and neighbours.

Wye worked at York University’s Osgoode Professional Development for 20 years, starting in a student role and working his way up to a management position. He was a loyal and devoted employee and coworker, as evidenced by his recent peer-nominated 2020 Louella Sturdy Leadership Award win for his outstanding contributions to the Osgoode community. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic made online course delivery essential, Wye was heavily involved in bringing cutting-edge learning technology to the University.

A celebration of Wye’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, with a small reception to follow. The family asks that attendees wear bright colours and bring a favourite memory of Wye. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to share their memories by emailing

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the GoFundMe page that has been established to support his family.