Heikki Vuorela

Heikki Vuorela

Wednesday, December 28th, 1949 Friday, October 18th, 2019

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Obituary for Heikki Juhani Vuorela

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Heikki Juhani Vuorela, age 69 years on Friday, October 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Heikki was born on December 28, 1949 in Merikarvia, Finland to parents Vilho and Saima Vuorela. As a young man, Heikki served in the Finnish Army, he later moved to Sweden for work. He immigrated to Canada in 1981, where he met the love of his life Birgit. They married in 1984 and shared two wonderful daughters together. In Canada, he worked for Thompson Timber, Hoito Restaurant and most recently his own business Heikki’s Home Baking. He was best known for his Rye Bread and Finnish Coffee Bread, such was sold in various stores around the city as well as internationally. In his spare time he enjoyed nature photography, loved history, reading and music. Recently, Heikki travelled to Grenada to celebrate Saara and Shaka’s wedding and looked forward to many trips back to the island. Heikki was a longtime member of Hilldale Lutheran Church, he spent many hours volunteering making finnish pancakes for youth events.

Heikki will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years Birgit, by his daughters Outi and Saara (Shaka), his brother Heimo in Finland, as well as Shaka’s family in Grenada, his grand-puppy Bowie and his furball the cat Lulu as well as numerous family and friends in Sweden and Finland. He was predeceased by his parents Vilho and Saima Vuorela, uncles Lauri and Heikki Vuorela and cousin Aini Nicolaichuk.

The family wishes to thank the Neurology and Palliative doctors and nurses at the TBRHSC for their care and compassion and for going above and beyond until the end.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Hilldale Lutheran Church, 321 Hilldale Road with Rev. Jari Lathinen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hilldale Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


The family of the late Heikki Vuorela would like to express their sincere gratitude for all the love and support shown through the large attendance at the memorial service, floral tributes, donations, meat trays, fruit baskets, phone calls and visits. Thank you to Pastor Jari and the kitchen staff for the delicious luncheon that was provided. To Sarah Kaukinen for the beautiful music. Kai Leinonen for the violin tribute. Mervi for allowing us to have photos and a video of the service in which we will treasure. To the doctor and nurses in the Neurology Dept. at the TBRHSC, especially Amy and Kevin for the care and compassion they gave to our family. Heikki was the centre of our lives and he will be greatly missed for his pulla.

Birgit, Outi, Saara and Shaka

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    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Hilldale Lutheran Church
    321 HIlldale Road
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    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
    Rev. Jari Lahtinen

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To Birgit and family,

We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you in this difficult time.

All our love,
-Tuovi and Piantadosi family.
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Birgit and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, Marlene and Peter Augruso.
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Mervi Agombar

Birgit and girls .Our deepest sympathy of your loss.from Mervi , Bob and Bob's helpers
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Leo Oja

Heikki was a good friend to my Father and visited with him a great many times and was good at lifting my Dad's spirits during his health problems. To be Heikki's friend was a very special thing. He will be missed.
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