Mr. Kaj Wickstrom

Mr. Kaj Torwald Wickstrom

Wednesday, December 12th, 1934 - Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
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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”
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    Private Family Graveside Services
  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3200 Oliver Road


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Harry Makela

Posted at 11:13am
Tarja, Hogan and families, We were very saddened to hear of KaJ’s (Your Dad) passing, and want to send our heartfelt condolences to the family. So many good memories of your Dad and my Dad (Olavi Makela) with their unique work partnership and friendship over the many years. Our family had much respect for your Dad, for his amazing personality and work ethic. These two men Kai and Olavi were the most sought after builders in Thunder Bay and surrounding areas for their quality work and I have to say that anything these two built will stand the test of time. May the memories of your Dad/Papa bring you comfort during this time.
Harry and Vicky Makela and family.

Hogan Wickstrom Posted at 04:35pm

Thanks for your condolences both our Fathers were special.

Tarja Posted at 11:33am

Thank-you for sharing your memories about the partnership between Olavi and Kaj.

James Larsen

Posted at 11:05am
So sorry to hear of Mr. Wickstrom's passing. My sincere condolences go out to Tarja and the the rest of the Wickstrom family at this most difficult time.


Tarja Posted at 11:24am

Thank-you. We will miss him.

Bud Sherlock

Posted at 11:04am
Sorry to hear of Kaj's passing . He was a wonderful man and always enjoyed helping wherever he could . We enjoyed many conversations at the beer table and have fond memorys . Bud Sherlock and Miriam Franks .

Edward Topp

Posted at 09:40am
Sorry to hear about your father's passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending Doug and his family our deepest sympathy

Terttu Lahti

Posted at 01:42pm
Tarja, Hokan and family....We were sad to see that Kaj has passed away. Our sincere sympathy in your loss.
Many good memories from the past. May all your good memories sustain you in your grief.

Terttu and Mauri

Tarja Posted at 11:32am

Thank-you. We will miss him.

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