John Leonard Pohto


October 26, 1937 – May 23, 2015

It is with great sadness to announce the sudden passing of Len Pohto. He was a devoted and loving husband, dad, pappa, uncle, cousin, friend and a legend in the community of Sointula, as well as the fishing industry. He is predeceased by his mother Hilja Tynjala (nee Huomonen), father Arvi Pohto, brother Wilfed Pohto, and daughter Teija. He is survived by wife Tuula, children Pamela (Glenn), Susan (Mike), Brian (Janet) and Michael (Lisa Marie); grandchildren Ashlynne, Sarrah, Tyler, Melissa, Chelsea, Jonathan and Kaleigh,

Len was born in Alert Bay, BC in 1937 and has lived in Sointula all of his life. He spent his early days logging in the winter and fishing in the summer. He started fishing at the age of 16 and bought his first gillnetter at the age of 21. His collection of boats include Taisto, Hazel R No 1, and his current vessel, Sharon Marie No. 1

Lennie enjoyed hockey, often cheering any team that was playing against the Canucks, but more realistically, he silently cheered the team whose roster held Teemu Selanne.

He was a member of many local associations and clubs, Fire Department chief, Lions club, Seniors and was a prominent member of the UFAWU. As well, he spearheaded the development of the seniors complex, The Harmony Glenn in Sointula. He was always an active member in the community and always willing to lend a hand when needed.

If anyone asked Lennie “Have you lived in Sointula your whole life?” his response was always “No, I’m not dead yet”. He was known to be of quick wit and ready with a joke, making those around him laugh. He had a way of making everyone he met feel welcome.

We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the paramedic teams involved, as well as the Critical Care Flight Team, Dr. Armogam and the nursing team at the Port McNeill Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Sointula on June 7, 2015 at 2pm at the F.O Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Malcolm Island Lions Club.

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