Mr. Andy Bjorn

Mr. Andy Elias Bjorn

Friday, November 21st, 1947 - Monday, October 7th, 2019
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Obituary

Andy Bjorn passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on Monday, October 7, 2019 in St. Joseph's Hospital with his daughter and son-in-law by his side.

Andy was born November 21, 1947 in Helsinki, Finland, the second youngest of five brothers born to Jouko and Kaarina. His father came to Canada in 1951 and his mother followed with Andy and his three older brothers in 1952.

As a young man, Andy attended Cambrian College to become an electrician and was a proud member of IBEW 402. He was a natural leader and worked across Canada with crews that loved to work with him. An extremely intelligent and quiet man, he had a quick, witty sense of humour that stayed with him until the end. Andy loved all things science and the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov. He was an avid golfer, spending his free time at Centennial. He excelled at music trivia, Sudoku and Trivial Pursuit.

As a dad, Andy was a wonderful provider and parent to his two girls. He made sure his daughters could follow their dreams and he was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved to share his knowledge and stories of music, science and golf with them. Many quality hours were spent listening to his favourite tunes while he belted them out on air guitar. He loved his grand-pups, Chico, BoBo and Dexter.

Andy was brave, and throughout his health challenges he maintained his ‘sisu’, never complaining. His love of music helped him through. ‘Something’ by The Beatles was playing during his last farewell.

Survived by his daughters Amanda (Brett Belcher) and Alana, their mother June, and his brothers Martti (Myra), Seppo and Esko. Predeceased by his parents, brother Paavo, parents in-law Tadeusz and Maria Slomka, his beloved dog Charlene, and grand-dog Peppermint.

Thank you to Drs. Peeva, Coccimiglio, Sadreddini, Malek, Oukachbi and Davis. Special thank you to: Dr. Miller; the nurses at TBRHSC (Victoria, Craig, Kayla and Rita) and SJCG (Nicole and Ally) for your wonderful care and compassion; everyone at Glacier Ridge; and the Telehomecare Heart Failure staff. Special thanks to cousin Kris Gauld for your support.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.

Andy benefited greatly from receiving cardiovascular surgery in Thunder Bay. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Our Hearts at Home Cardiovascular Campaign. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/38067
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Waverley Chapel
    Address
    299 Waverley Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, ON P7B 5Z7
    299 Waverley Street at Algoma, one block south of Red River Road, Thunder Bay North
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  • Interment

    Location
    Riverside Cemetery
    Address
    800 Oliver Road
    THUNDER BAY, ON
    Thunder Bay North, Oliver Road across from Lakehead University
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Julianna Slomka

Posted at 09:05am
I was a child when Andy (Inky) came into the family of four girls. He was like the big brother I never had. He was funny, kind, very smart and always stuck up for me. All the laughs we had at family get togethers with the brother in laws teasing the "Slomka girls," was always funny. His knowledge was unbeatable in Trivial Pursuit, as anyone who played against him would know. Us Slomka girls wanted to be on his team. :) He was a big man with a big soft heart. He was very proud of his daughters and loved them dearly. My heartfelt condolences to them for the loss of their dad, to Andy's brothers and extended family, as well as to my sisters and our extended family who loved him also. I know he's on a golf course somewhere out there. xo Julianna
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Roy Arthur

Posted at 09:23am
Condolences to Seppo, Esko and all their family. Although I have not seen Andy (a.k.a. Inky ) for several years, we go back to the days of Shuniah School and many great stories. Unfortunately we are out of the country and will not be a able to attend his service but my thoughts will be there. Again, R.I.P. Inky.
Roy Arthur.

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Kim Orza Ohrling

Posted at 09:13am
In memory of a great friend!
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James Pape

Posted at 09:06pm
Dear Cousins Amanda and Alana, I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your Dad. I am glad that I got to see and talk to Uncle Andy this past May. Thinking of you, and my Thunder Bay family, during this difficult time. James and Alex
 

Rauli Kovasin Posted at 12:20pm

Deepest condolences to Martti, Seppo and Esko on the loss of their brother. Also to June and the girls whom I haven't seen since they were kids. Andy and I were friends starting before our teens after we moved in next door to them on Conmee St. We had many fun times together and I will always have fond memories of Andy. Rest in Peace Inky.
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