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Matti Teodor Sovio

December 17, 1921 - September 22, 2021


Three months short of 100 years Matti left us peacefully on Sept. 22.  He was ready for his final journey and satisfied with his long and varied life. He was born in Raahe, Finland Dec 17, 1921.  As a young man he sailed the seas of the world and rose to captain his own ship. In 1957 he decided with his wife Riitta to settle in Canada and raise their three sons  in BC. In Canada he worked on the waterfront, still with ships. He retired in 1984 and spent 37 years in retirement travelling and enjoying his life. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years and survived by his three sons Olli (Sandi), Henry (Janina) and Andy and three grandchildren Katrina, Lucas (Tatjana), Paul(Kim), as well as four great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by those left behind to mourn.


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From: Ken and Debbie Kabush
Relation: High school basketball team mates with Oli and Henry

So sorry to hear of your loss

From: Tara Hayes
Relation: Long time friend

Tonight I googled Matt’s address to send him a Xmas card and there it was, his obituary. I talked to him in early Sept and we talked about me bringing him coffee one day soon. Not soon enough I see. Matt and Riitta were friends of my mother Norma and they took care of me at their house on 88th Ave in Surrey many times. All three boys were still living at home then and there was Toby in the back yard. The house was filled with love, Riittas laughter, and the sweet smell of Matt’s pipe as he sat in his living room chair and read the paper. A hard working man at work and at home, he could build anything including sauna of course! A loving family and Riitta was the core of it. I felt very cared for under Riittas watch, we had fun together. I saw them both in later years, about a year before Riitta passed. Matt always building or adding something that Riitta wanted. Lots of love in that house. I’m sorry I didn’t see Matti again in person , but really there is never enough time or words to say to a kind generous man like that. Love to him and all the Sovio family. A great man has gone from us and is again looking after Riitta. I’m the richer for having had them in my life as a child and an adult. If any of the Sovios would like to reach me, I’d like that, Tara Hayes

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