June 1, 1926 - July 24, 2019
On Wednesday July 24th, Pentti Karhuniemi, loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 93.
Pentti was born to Paavali and Lempi Karhuniemi in Helsinki, Finland on the 1st of June 1926 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. He was a carpenter for many years building the East Vancouver house and the cabin at Deka Lake for himself and the family.
Pentti was a keen outdoorsman. He loved to fish and hunt and generally be outside whenever possible. He and his wife Aino loved to be at the cabin at Deka especially when all the family could be there as well. He was well known for his skill as a hunter and angler and even amused himself with survival challenges whilst hunting in the forest. Aino and Pentti enjoyed spending many hours participating in the Finlandia Club fishing derbies and socialising with many friends. He was known and loved for his kind, gentle and generous nature, willing to do anything for the children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We all have many happy memories of Vaari taking the boat out on Deka Lake and towing all the kids around or patiently teaching them the fine art of fishing.
Pentti was predeceased by his wife, Aino, his daughter Deborah and his grandsons Jason and Taylor. He is survived by his son Roy (Barbara), stepchildren Marietta Brooks, Kathy (Gordie) Gauthier and John (Margaret) Pieti, grandchildren Christa, Nicole, Shawn, Matt, Karyn and Christopher, great grandchildren Darren, Logan, Ashlyn, Jackson and Morgyn and many extended family and friends in Canada and Finland.
No service by request. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Pentti’s memory to the BC Cancer Foundation: