Ollila, Harri

OLLILA, Harri

1961 - 2022

The family of Harri Sakari Ollila is very saddened to announce his sudden passing on July 11, 2022 at the age of sixty years.

 Harri was born in Kirkland Lake in 1961. He put his trust in the Lord Jesus at the age of eighteen and is now with his Saviour, who he longed to see. He was predeceased by his parents Pirkko-Liisa Ollila (née Kopsala) in 1996 and Aito Ollila in 2004. He is dearly missed by the love of his life and wife of thirty-six years, Sharon Minnett Ollila, his sister Eliisa Ollila, and his five children and their spouses: Mylon and Mélina Ollila, Benjamin and Olya Ollila, AnnaLiisa and Stephen Gison, Bethany and Joshua Solomon, Abigail Ollila and Claude Longchap. He will be missed by the grandchildren who gave him so much joy: Sébastien, Oliver, Bianca, and Lev. He will also be lovingly remembered by his Uncle Paavo and Aunt Irja Kopsala, cousins Eric and Mark Kopsalaand their families, parents-in-law Ron and Mary Minnett, the extended Minnett family, beloved relatives in Finland, and many cherished friends.

 Harri put decades of hard work into the mining industry and was never afraid of a challenge. He enjoyed spending his free time in nature—snowmobiling, skiing, fishing, and taking pictures.He loved to travel and experience other cultures, but he was happiest of all surrounded by family and friends at Raven Lake. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh (his “Dad jokes” were legendary). Although his life was shorter than some, he had a larger-than-life personality and left a deep impact on the lives of many. Harri was passionate about sharing the Gospel. If he were here, he would invite you to trust Christ and join him in heaven one day.

 We are gathering to celebrate Harri’s incredibly special life on Saturday, July 16th at the Kirkland Lake Gospel Hall (521 Government Rd. W) and welcome his family, friends, and colleagues to join us in person or on Zoom.

 A visiting time will also be available at the French Family Funeral Home (111 Burnside Dr, Kirkland Lake), on Friday, July 15th.

 The schedule will be as follows:

Friday, July 15th - French Family Funeral Home

Visiting time ~ 7 - 9 PM

 Saturday, July 16th - Kirkland Lake Gospel Hall

Memorial Service ~ 10 AM

Interment at Kirkland Lake Cemetery ~ 11 AM

Return to Gospel Hall for refreshments ~ 12:30 PM

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to World Vision for a child in need or to Gospel Trust Canada for the benefit of a worker or assembly of your choice.

 https://donate.worldvision.ca

https://www.gospeltrust.ca/donations

To access the Zoom link, please text your email to (416) 917-4906

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Eliisa

So very sorry to hear of Harri's passing.
I just want you to know that you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
Take care my friend.
Hugs
Bren

Brenda Szalajko, July 13, 2022

Eliisa, Sharon and family.

We are so sorry for you all. Harri was a wonderful husband, father, brother and my dearest friend. How we all will miss his warm demeanour, his contagious love of God and penetrating insight which so often showed the way forward.

Doug & Debbie Yade, July 13, 2022

Eliisa

I am very sorry of the passing of your brother Harri. May God be with you always.

Helen Matt, July 14, 2022

Sharon

I am very sorry to hear of Harri's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Brian Fraser, July 14, 2022

The OLLILA Family

My thoughts are with you and I am grateful to have met some of you in your home. I am also grateful for having met Harri and for getting to work with him at the Black Fox mine. He had a positive impact on me during my time working with him. Wishing all your family God's blessings and comfort in one another. Sincerely, Nigel

Nigel Fung, July 14, 2022

Harri Ollila

We were so saddened to learn of Harri’s sudden death - our deepest sympathies on behalf of Judy & I and the entire Raven Lake Cottagers’ Association to you Sharon & your family. The spirit of Raven Lake will shine a little less bright for awhile as we know how much Harri enjoyed it there - his neighbours likewise will notice the loss. Always a strong supporter of the RLCA , I will miss his messages, support and advice.
Hal Humphries
Raven Lake Cottagers’ Association

Hal Humphries, July 14, 2022

The Ollila Family,

Dear Sharon and Family,
Please accept my condolences, I am very sorry to learn of your loss. Harri was a fine individual who I enjoyed working with at McEwen Mining. He was always ready to greet with a warm smile, and a comment on what was particularly special that day. His curiousity, which I admired, spanned a wide spectrum of topics.
May God give you the strength and comfort during this time of great sadness.
Rob McEwen

Rob McEwen, July 14, 2022

Eliisa, Sharon, and the Ollila family

Harri made a big impact on Sarah and I, in the too-short time that he was a member of our assembly. He was a mentor and confidante. I so much appreciated his wisdom and his care for me. Sarah and I are grieving with you.

Josh and Sarah Fuller, July 14, 2022

Sharon and family

I am so saddened for your loss of Harri. I will always remember his warm smile and soft voice and his faith in our Lord. He is in a better place , but it saddens me that you’re all hurting and missing him. May God grant you all , the strength, and graces that you need during this much difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers.xo

Percy and Lisa Ahern, July 14, 2022

Sharon and Family

It was a shock to hear of Harri’s passing. There are no words to say what we think and feel and so send love and deepest sympathies . God be with you all.

Tim Aldred, July 14, 2022

Sharon and family,

Please accept our condolences on your loss. We went to high school with Harri and did lots of skiing together at Kanasuta and Raven Mountain. After all these years we still had snowmobiling in common. We will miss our snowmobile chats with him. Sorry for your tremendous loss. God Bless.

Ken & Carol-Ann McDougall, July 14, 2022

Sharon & Family

We enjoyed meeting Harri at Bethany & Josh's wedding. We are praying for you and your family. Dave & Daphne Oshust

Dave & Daphne Oshust, July 14, 2022

The Ollila Family

Please accept our condolences and sympathies during this difficult time. It’s been a long time since I have seen Harri but have great memories of waterskiing and enjoying the Ollila sauna at Raven Lake. Rest In Peace Harri.

John Hochfellner , July 14, 2022

The Ollila Family

Please accept our condolences and sympathies during this difficult time. It’s been a long time since I have seen Harri but have great memories of waterskiing and enjoying the Ollila sauna at Raven Lake. Rest In Peace Harri.

John Hochfellner , July 14, 2022

Sharon and Family,

I am very sorry to hear of Harri's passing. I met Harri many years ago when he was overseeing the work to fill the mine subsidence at the old Hollinger Golf Course. I then became reacquainted with him several years later through a mutual friend. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Terry Cecchini, July 15, 2022

The OLLILA Family

We are sorry to hear about your loss and are in our prayers.

God Bless.

Lima Family, July 15, 2022

Sharon and family

I am so very sorry to hear of Harri's passing. I will always cherish my memories of Harri's friendship, guidance and mentorship. His big heart was always in the right place and I will miss him dearly.
My condolences to you Sharon and all of Harri's family and friends that were so dear to him.

Lianne Kentish, July 15, 2022

The Ollila family

I am so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing, my condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Lynne Ypma

Lynne Ypma, July 15, 2022

Sharon Ollila and family

We convey our condolences to the Ollila family at this sad time in the passing of Harri. Absent from the body and present with the Lord. May the Lord be with each one as they move forward, knowing that soon we all shall be re-united with love ones and be gathered around our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hugh and Grace West
Midland, ON

Hugh West, July 16, 2022

The Olilla family

Our hearts go out to each one of you in the loss of such a precious life! It was so good to meet Harri at Josh & Bethany's wedding. May the Lord comfort your hearts, knowing that he is now with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! We cannot imagine the huge, empty void it will leave for each one of you, especially with his passing at such a young age. May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus at this time of pain and loss.
With our love and deep sympathy
Dave & Yvonne Patten

Dave & Yvonne Patten, July 16, 2022

Sharon

Truly sad news on the loss of Harri. He was always so kind and welcoming to me. He was a devoted family man and you were most special to him. I know the support given to you by your family, friends and neighbours will help during this difficult time. All my best.

Gail DeFelice , July 16, 2022

The Ollila Family

I am very sorry to hear of Harri’s passing. Harri was a student of mine years ago at KLCVI and I have good memories of him from that time! Easy to get along with and talk to- some students are fondly remembered and Harri was one!
My condolences to his family and friends-Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton , July 16, 2022

Sharon

My deepest condolences to you and your family. It was a beautiful service that showed he was well loved and respected by many. Harri was a kind and gentle man that will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Harri.

Maria Yun Sang, July 17, 2022

Sharon

My deepest condolences to you and your family. It was a beautiful service that showed he was well loved and respected by many. Harri was a kind and gentle man that will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Harri.

Maria Yun Sang, July 17, 2022

Sharon and Family

I am truly sorry to hear of Harri's passing. I taught him in grade one and even then you could see what a kind an amazing man he would become.He was an "imp" that I adored. May God help you through this most difficult time.
Charles and June (Cameron) Wallsten

June & Charles Wallsten , July 19, 2022

The Ollila Family

Oh so sorry to hear of Harri's untimely passing. Got to know Harri in high school and he was always such a great guy. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Helene Studholme, July 19, 2022

Harri's family and friends

Thoughts and prayers are with friends and family at this difficult time.

Mary Sangiuliano Peters, July 21, 2022

Sharon and family

Sharon my deepest sympathy on Harri’s passing. He was a cordial person man to speak with and will be greatly missed. My sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family. May he RIP
Sincerely;
Ms. Michelle St. Georges and my better half John!

Ms. Michelle St. Georges , July 22, 2022

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