February 14, 1932 – August 22, 2020
Born in Riihimäki, Finland 14.02.1932
Passed in Kitimat, BC, Canada 22.08.2020.
Timo was born in Riihimäki, Finland. He was the oldest of 3 boys born to Helmi and Niilo.
As a child, he loved to play sports with his neighborhood buddies and later travelled all over Finland competing in swimming, softball, volleyball and soccer. Timo was part of the opening ceremonies of the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
He was 10 years old when his twin brothers Aimo and Kimmo were born. He met the love of his life, Anja, at a dance as a teenager. They were amazing dancers together. Timo and Anja were married 21.11.1953 and they had 3 children before leaving Finland for Canada to work for Eurocan Pulp & Paper Company in Kitimat in 1970.
He worked in the papermill as a senior control room operator until his retirement. He always managed the perfect work/life balance. ‘Timppa’ loved all of the outdoors. Birds, flowers, gardening-growing food, skiing, fishing, hiking, shrooming, hunting.
He always kept busy but would put everything aside if anyone needed him-whether it was to chat over coffee or to go clean someones gutters-Timppa was there. He was genuine and in every way, a generous man-hardworking, honourable and a loyal and true friend. Timo always had a smile and uplifting laugh to share. He loved life and lived it with ‘sisu’. It was a privilege to have this man in our lives. Kiitos sinulle, Timo.
Timo did not wish a funeral because he knew we could not give him a Viking one. He had mentioned that if, when you are standing on the river bank-enjoy nature and give him a nod and a Hei. If you sit down for a shot of (Finnish)Vodka-raise your glass and Kippis him.
Timo is now reunited with his many friends and family who have passed before him including his daughter Eija.
He is survived by his wife Anja of 67 years, son Arto, daughter Tuija-Warren Berndt, grandchildren Aili, Nina, Liisa, Niku, great grandchildren Jackson and Leo as well as his brother Kimmo and extended family in Finland…and so many friends across the miles.
We wish to thank KGH, Dr. Kay, Dr. Scully and Mountainview Lodge as well as MacKays Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimers Society.
Our Rakkain Timppa, Isä, Pappa, IsoPappa…Nähdään taas – Taivaassa… Kippis!.
In Life we loved you dearly-In death we love you still- Our hearts hold a special place-That only you could fill.
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