Paavola, John


1954 - 2021

In loving memory of John Henry Paavola, who peacefully passed away in his residence in Kirkland Lake on October 4th, 2021. Predeceased by parents Tauno and Kaarina (Hakko) Paavola, brothers Peter and Matti, and sister Maya Schell. Lovingly remembered by children Jaana (Briana) and Jonas Pearson Paavola. Remembered fondly brother Ray, and niece Megan Leslie (Brendan). John was an avid storyteller, a master forester, and a loving dad. Friends and family alike will miss sitting outside, enjoying a beer and tales of wild events. The Ancient Northerner, antiquus borealis.

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Sorry to hear of Johns passing
All the best to the family was a smart, funny guy.

Lance McKenzie , October 13, 2021


My condolences...didn't know John personally but members of the family...RIP John

Bob Zidar, October 13, 2021

Paavola Family

Actually never met John, but was good friends with Bro Matti and Sis sorry for your loss...

Judy (Cale) Gervais, October 13, 2021

Jaana, Briana, Jonas, Ray, Megan and Brendan

Deepest Condolences. John was extremely proud of his family He will be missed by many

jase, October 13, 2021

Paavola Family

So sorry to hear of the passing of one of the fun guys in high school.

Stan Skalecki & Family, October 14, 2021


So shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. With you and I being 5 years younger, John always seemed to be a giant of a man with his basketball prowess, quick wit and razor-sharp mind. You had to intellectually be on your game to survive a visit to the Paavola home on O'Meara. Let's also not forget the tall, blonde Finnish good looks as well! KL has lost another good one and the world is lesser for it. Ray, you have my most sincere condolences. Take care, good buddy.

Robert Ramsay, October 14, 2021

Jaana, Jonas, Megan and Ray

We extend our sincere condolences on the loss of John. John and a group of us would spend many hours at the Pagoda Restaurant sharing stories. Recently, we reconnected and he talked about his passion as a trainer for your hockey team and his encounter with a couple of bears while picking blueberries. He was very kind and funny as hell.

Nancy & Sean O'Connor, October 14, 2021

Paavola Family

Sorry to hear of the passing of John, my deepest condolences. He was a beloved family friend, and I am so glad we got him out for some St. Paddy's drinks this past March! Will miss his sense of humour and chats xo

Jenna McNaughton, October 15, 2021

Ray Paavola

Ray and Family
So sorry to hear of John's passing.
Seen him a couple times after high school but my fondest memories of him are from our high school basketball trips and games.
Rest In Peace John

RICK BARKER, October 15, 2021

Paavola family

My condolences to the family. Many great memories of John and the KLCVI Red Devils basketball days. Lots of fun after practices and games. The road trips were a blast. Good teammate and friend. Rest In Peace and may God bless your family.

Robert Valentini, October 15, 2021

John’s family

So very sorry to hear this sad news. I met John at TPR visiting his brother and had great talks and caught up on life. Prayers and our thoughts are with you all.

Tom & Elayne Rosko, October 16, 2021

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