Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Emil Nurmi, 59, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.
Born and raised on a farm near Emo, Ont., Emil was a lifetime resident of Northwestern Ontario. He was employed by a variety of companies during his life, where he used his considerable skill as a heavy equipment mechanic.
He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union and retired in 1994.
Emil is survived by his loving wife, Beverley; daughter, Lisa and husband, Jim Jack, and daughter, Marie and husband, David Fontaine, and grandson, Carter Fontaine.
Emil also was looking forward to the birth of a “new grand-baby Fontaine” in the spring.
Also surviving are his much-loved sisters, Gertie Maki (Fort Frances), Lil Siegert (Detroit, Mich.), Laila Lee (Kenora), and Senja and husband, Harvey Larson (Atikokan).
Emil will be sadly missed by loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.
Emil was never bored with life and seldom idle. He gave his time and love generously to his family, who relied on his gentle personality, constant support, ability to fix or build anything, and his wonderful sense of humour.
Emil was a member of the Lakehead Antique Car Club, and spent many happy hours restoring his yellow 1956 DeSoto and attending car shows during summer months with Bev.
He created beautiful things from stained glass, worked on many household projects, loved hunting and fishing, and was just beginning a new interest in boating and navigation with his lifelong friend, William Fauconnier.
Emil also loved games on the computer, and Internet, and e-mail.
There are no words to describe how important Emil was to us, and how deeply we love and miss him.
Funeral services were held in Thunder Bay on Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 at Calvary Lutheran Church, with interment at Mountainview Cemetery.