Mr. Sulo Rintamaki

Mr. Sulo Alexander Rintamaki

Wednesday, January 7th, 1925 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Sulo Alexander Rintamaki, age 95 years on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at his Roseview Manor residence. 

Sulo was born in Ahtari, Finland on January 7, 1925, first born child of Emil and Lempi Rintamaki.  Sulo immigrated to Canada in October 1929 with his mother and sister Sivia, to join Emil who had immigrated the year prior to secure a homestead for the family.  They settled in Ware Township where many other Finnish immigrants made their home.  Like so many of that era, he walked to school and worked hard on the family farm.  Over the years, he was joined by other siblings Alvar, Aili and Anita.

Sulo enlisted October 11, 1943 with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (Winnipeg) and was sent overseas in June 1944.  His regiment fought in Belgium, Holland and Germany, including participating in the liberation of Holland for which he received a thank you medal.  Sulo was honourably discharged from the Canadian Army June 12, 1946. 

Over the years, Sulo worked in various positions with People’s Co-op, cutting and hauling pulp, working on the Transcanada Highway near Marathon and Pic River, finally settling as an independent contractor working to maintain the roads in Ware, Forbes and Fowler Townships.  He is well-remembered by many from the years he worked driving the snowplow and grader.

Sulo served on various boards including People’s Co-op, Bay Credit Union, Gorham & Ware School Board.  He is a member of Branch 5 Legion in Kakabeka.  In early years, he enjoyed curling, playing cards, Kam dances, fishing and hunting.  After retirement, he and Mildred started square dancing which they participated in for over 25 years, in addition to travelling, berry picking and spending summers at Dog Lake (Sulo’s “happy place”). He was a life member of the Canadian Suomi Foundation.

Sulo was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Lempi Rintamaki; his siblings, Sivia (Paul), Alvar, Aili and Anita; nephews Richard, Daniel and Donald Wickstrom; parents-in-law Ivar and Mary Henriksson.

Sulo is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Mildred; daughters Linda (Wayne) and Lorna (Shoon); grandsons Christopher (Amanda) and David (Olivia); brothers-in-law Arnold Lehto and Dennis Tuomi and sister-in-law Anita Rintamaki.   Numerous nieces and nephews and their families also survive.

Our family wishes to thank the supportive staff at Roseview Manor for the compassion and care given to Sulo in this last year.  As well, we wish to thank Drs. Reid and Lai for their exceptional care during Sulo’s lifetime.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private service and internment will be held.  Arrangements have been entrusted to EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Sulo’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Lappe Lutheran Church.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 15th, 2020 11:00am
    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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    Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private service and interment will be held.

    This event may be open-casket and the livestream may contain views of the deceased.

  • Interment

    Location
    Riverside Cemetery
    Address
    800 Oliver Road
    THUNDER BAY, ON
    Thunder Bay North, Oliver Road across from Lakehead University
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Posted at 10:09am
Sulo was such a wonderful man. I loved him like an uncle. It was with great pleasure to have you so close to my family. I will always remember the good times you all spent together. You were fishing & at camp at Dog Lk or dancing and having fun. Sulo’s smile could light up a room and your love Mildred was such a great example of true love. It has been an honour having you all in my life & I love you very much, I am so glad I had a chance to see him after his move. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort and wonderful memories.
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Noella Repo Clarke

Posted at 12:22pm
Dear Mildred and Family
What a Full Life you and Sulo had Together .I thought again how good friends my Dad Paul Repo and he were such for so long .It was interesting to read more of his Life about the War etc
Love and Gods Blessings to you and all your Family from Noella (Repo) Clarke and husband Terry We have been married 53 years this June ..
MB

Marg Baxter-Saxberg

Posted at 08:15am
I was very saddened to hear that Sulo had passed away. My husband Paul and I knew Sulo and Mildred when we lived in the building. We often saw them walking in the area or around the premises. They were both always so friendly but it was always Sulo who would joke with us. My condolences to Mildred and the family. Sincerely, Margaret Saxberg-Baxter

Karen Hanna

Posted at 02:03am
The "Rintamaki" legacy is OVER! Only two boys and they all had girls. The oldest of the clan is now in the arms of Mummu and Isosi and the Lord, and surrounded with all the siblings.

I find it surreal and heartbreaking that all my aunts and uncles (bio) are in heaven now with their parents.

RIP Uncle Sulo, and may your welcome be so beautiful and bright....to be reunited with your only brother and three sisters.

When I see the stars there will be five gathered in a group just so I know you are together.

My heart goes out to my Auntie M, and Linda and Lorna and family.

I hope you find comfort in knowing they are all together once again, I send my love and your are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love Karen (Rintamaki) Anderson
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Eunice Johnson

Posted at 06:13am
It is very sad to see the passing of the last of our Rintamaki “neighbour kids”. My deepest sympathy to Mildred and family.

Eunice (Repo) Johnson
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Friday, May 15 2020 at 11:00 am

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