Voitto (or Victor has he was commonly known) was born in Alajarvi Finland on Dec 19 1930. He immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1934 at the age of 3.5 years old accompanied by his mother Hanna, sister Toini and brother Reino. Vic’s father Aati was already living in Canada having found work in the lumber industry in Quebec, then the mines in the Sudbury area. Brother Paul was born after the family arrived in Canada.
Vic grew up in Copper Cliff, Ontario, attending local schools including Copper Cliff high school. He and his family were very involved in the Finnish Community and the Finnish Lutheran Church activities. Vic studied engineering first at Queen’s University, then competed his degree at the University of Toronto. Vic would alternate working for a year to earn enough for his tuition then study for a year in order to pay his way through University.
While studying at the University of Toronto, he met a young lady from Milton by the name of Joan Goodchild. Joan and Vic were married on June 30, 1956 and moved to Peterborough, where Vic was employed by the Canadian General Electric Company. Son Eric made an early appearance and arrived on their first wedding anniversary. Son Peter was born Dec 1959, with the arrival of daughter Kirsti in July 1963 the house was full and the family complete.
The family lived in Peterborough until 1977 when Vic started working at ASEA. This necessitated a move to Brampton where they remained for over 40 years. Vic and Joan moved to Milton in 2011.
Vic and Joan were active members of Christ Lutheran Church in Peterborough and of Augsburg Lutheran Church in Brampton throughout their lives together
Vic was always puttering around the house. He enjoyed working with his hands and spent hours planning each project. Anything he built was designed to withstand earthquakes and other major natural disasters. From simple shelves to desks to remodeling the kitchen or rec-room and rebuilding the family car. He would re-engineer parts to suit the needs of his projects, ultimately improving function or safety. This perfection typically did not happen quickly!
Vic had a love of science and nature. He would frequently be found with his nose in a science journal or watching a documentary. He and Joan would take camping trips every summer, exposing the family to many of the natural wonders our county has to offer.
Family was always very important to Vic. He valued the time he spent with his family in Sudbury. He ensured that his children had some knowledge of their Finnish heritage with frequent trips to visit relatives and stay at the family camp. He also enjoyed spending time with Joan’s extended family at the family cottage and subsequently at their own cottage on Doe Lake in Katrine.
Vic died peacefully and with dignity at Milton District Hospital in his 89th year.
Vic was predeceased by his parents, siblings, son Peter and daughters-in-law Maureen and Sylvia.
Survived by his wife of 63 years – Joan (Goodchild) Nelimarkka, son Eric (Margot), daughter Kirsti (Robert Fry) and grandchildren Victoria, Chantal, Bradley, Elaine, Katherine, William, Stuart and Cynthia. Fondly remembered by the exchange students adopted into the family, Hilary, Alvaro and Sally. His constant curiosity about the world around him and quick wit will be missed.
Visitation will take place at J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James St., Milton (905) 878-2669 on Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. Memorial Service to take place on Firday at 11 a.m. from Augsburg Lutheran Church, 224 Mill St., Brampton.
Special thanks to the exceptional staff at Allendale Nursing Home (Halton House) for the care and support Vic received over the past 5 years. We are grateful for the tireless volunteers who brought joy to Dad’s life while living at Allendale.
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