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252 Regent St.
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Erkki Leinala

Erkki Johannes Leinala (Leinala)

Saturday, April 19th, 1947 - Friday, April 30th, 2021
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Erkki Johannes Leinala was a dreamer, builder, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He lived a full and content life, dying unexpectedly in his home on April 30th, 2021. He was born in Helsinki, Finland, on April 19th, 1947 to Arvi and Elli Leinala. Erkki immigrated to Canada as a boy with his parents and younger sisters, Kaarina, Marjaana, and Kirsti. Growing up on Antwerp Street in Sudbury, his family began Leinala’s Bakery.

During his early years, Erkki met and married Aino Elenius, his partner through life. Erkki and Aino were blessed with three children: Tommi, wife Krissy; Eeva, husband Sula; and Jussi, wife Brenda.

As a young man working construction, Erkki started his own company, Comrock Construction, and was a past-president of the Sudbury Construction Association. Later in life, Erkki graduated with a double degree from Laurentian University. Afterwards, he served as Executive Director of the Sudbury Finnish Rest Home - Finlandia Village. He volunteered his time for St. Matthew’s/New Hope Lutheran Church and for the Sudbury Youth Orchestra, valuing the impact of the arts for his children and others.

Erkki retired and spend his time at the sanctuary and paradise he created for himself and his family on Middle Lake. Erkki spent much of his later years enjoying time at home with his grandsons, Ari, Kai, Mikko, and Timo. He loved passing on to them knowledge and skills he gained through life and the skills of chess. Erkki worked hard to live a blessed life, and was loved and cherished by those who knew him. We are thankful for having had him in our lives.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations to Finlandia Village SISU Foundation would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home,
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Helena Liira

Posted at 01:58pm
I had the honor of living with the Leinala family in the early 1960’s. I was considered as a part of their family and felt loved. The memories I have of those days have remained in my heart and will continue to do so.
Erkki was a big brother to me, even though I already had 4. He had a wonderful, fun loving spirit and was always ready to have fun if an opportunity came his way!
My deepest condolences to his family and siblings. He is in a better place. Helena Liira

Robert Bourke

Posted at 10:15am
Our heart-felt condolences to Aino and family. It was nice to meet with you at the reunion. Bob and Cathy Bourke

Miriam Laari-Alton

Posted at 09:25am
My sincere condolences to you Aino, Tommi, Eeva & Jussi & families.
May God's comfort and strength be with you in these difficult days ahead.
Praying for you,
Miriam Laari-Alton

Bev Goudreau

Posted at 03:53pm
Aino, our condolences to you and your family from your friends in the Copper Cliff Afternoon Ladies Curling League.


Posted at 01:57pm
Dear Aino, Tommi, Eeva and Jussi,
Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. Words can’t do justice to how sad we were to hear of his passing.
Erkki was one of the most special people you could hope to meet. We feel lucky to have known him.
He meant so much to us. We share your grief at this very sad and difficult time.
He will be missed so greatly.
Lili & Sebi

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