Obituary of Raymond (Raimo) Toiviainen

Passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Margaret and brother Kari.

Leaving to mourn his beloved sons Aleksi and Adam and their mother Marina, cousin Astrid Vinci (Sam) and family of Gravenhurst. Also a large circle of family in Finland including Aunts Eila and Helmi, cousins Arto, Anna and Mikko and many more. Godchildren Matti Kettula and Krista Tamm. In-laws Elfi and Chris Boehm of Toronto and Susanne Boehm (Michael Muller) of Chicago, IL. Raimo also touched the lives of many friends who are far too numerous to mention individually.

Raimo lived a full life with many and varied interests. He was very active in the Finnish and Estonian communities in Toronto and was a regular participant in their cultural events. He loved music of all kinds and was a long-time member of the Amadeus Choir as well as the Finnish and Estonian choirs. He had a beautiful singing voice, loved playing his guitar and usually knew all the words to any given song, not just the first verse!

Raimo was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time in nature and out in his canoe. During the summer he spent most weekends at the family cottage in Muskoka, often in the company of family and friends. When not at the cottage, he would invite friends over to his condo for evenings of squash, swimming and sauna.

Raimo was a voracious reader and loved discussing history and politics. He was never shy about sharing his world views in person and he kept up an active email correspondence on subjects close to his heart. Woe to anyone who had a different view of the world than Raimo – they could expect to be “out-facted” and out-argued in short order! This was usually accomplished over good scotch and fine cigars.

He loved his sons dearly and spoke of them often with a loving glow of pride on his face. Family was the most important thing in his life and he travelled regularly to see his family in Finland – in happy times as well as in sad. And his travels took him well beyond Finland to other parts of Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States. And when he didn’t travel, he explored the world through movies and documentaries.

Raimo touched the lives of many people and often took on the advocacy role for the “little guy”. It was not uncommon to see him giving change to the homeless or providing empathy to someone who needed it. He leaves a huge hole in many lives and he will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.