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Kaj Torwald Wickstrom (Papa)


Kaj Wickstrom
The family of Kaj Torwald Wickstrom (Papa) sadly announce his peaceful passing in the TBRHSC Transitional Unit on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Kaj was born in Kokkola, Finland on December 12, 1934. In 1957, at the age of 23, he decided to take a leap of faith and move to Canada with his young family. His journey brought him to Port Arthur where he began working in the bush camps. He then moved on to work at Wanson's Lumber, mastering his carpentry skills. Opportunity knocked and Kaj began a partnership with Mr. Olavi Makela. Together they went on to build and renovate many homes in Thunder Bay and throughout the region, including homes for his son and daughter. He was often called upon by family and friends to help repair things in their homes. Kaj was the ultimate “Mr. Fix It”.

In his younger years Kaj was quite an athlete. He played for many years with the Reipas Soccer Club and also enjoyed broomball, hockey and bowling. Kaj loved the outdoors and would take part in the annual Surprise Lake swim sponsored by the local Finnish community. He was also a member of the Finnish Otava Men's Choir.

In later years he enjoyed trips with his partner of 38 years, Lorrein Thompson, to many parts of Canada and the United States.

Kaj was predeceased by his parents Anna and Elis Wikstrom; a son in infancy and a brother Harri Wikstrom.

He is survived by his longtime partner Lorrein Thompson; son Hogan Wickstrom (Susanne); daughter Tarja (Rick) Trochimchuk; grandsons Cale, Adam, Erik (Hayley); as well as brother Jarl-Erik Wikstrom and many relatives in Finland.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Skunta and all the staff at the Transitional Unit.

As per Kaj's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held in Sunset Memorial Gardens at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma.

If friends desire donations can be made to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

'We will miss you Papa”