Pentti Vainionpaa was born in Alavus, Finland in 1925 and died peacefully in Vernon on October 11th, 2011. He enlisted in the Finnish army at the tender age of seventeen and fought on the Russian front in the armoured tank division.

Pentti immigrated to Sudbury, Ontario in 1951. He was followed by his fiancée, Anja, in 1952 and shortly thereafter they were married. Pentti was employed as a miner in the Falconbridge Mine. In 1959, their daughter, Rita, was born and in 1961 their other daughter, Susan, arrived. In 1966, the family drove across Canada and settled in Coquitlam, BC. Here he became a carpenter and worked on many construction sites, including Bentall Towers in Vancouver and Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody until his retirement.

In 1989, Pentti and Anja retired to Lake Country where they both enjoyed gardening and hiking with the dogs. All of his life he was an outdoor enthusiast, especially cross-country skiing, fishing, camping and hiking with his friends.

Pentti was predeceased by his wife, Anja, in 2000, his parents, one brother, a sister in June 2011, niece and nephew. He is survived by his daughters: Rita (Ron) Kozubniak of Falkland, BC, and Susan (Randy) Borys of Langley, BC. There is one remaining brother, Errkki, and his family in Finland, and a brother-in-law, Supo, and his family.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Toivo Hatakka, Mirja Jutila, Terri and Brian McHugh, Dr. Ron Long, and Creekside Landing.

In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Pentti may do so to your local SPCA.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

When tomorrow starts without me

Don’t think we are far apart

For every time you think of me

I am right there in your hearts.

We miss you every day.

Your loving family

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