It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Roy Soderholm on September 26, 2006. Husband, step-father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, co-worker and paddler, Roy was a valued member of his family and community and leaves many to mourn and remember him.
Roy is pre-deceased by his father Tauno, mother Miriam, and sister Christine McLean. He is survived by Dee (Adams), his wife and partner of 26 years, step-children Mike Adams (Deanna, Myra, Avah), Selena Baskin (partner Pete Cowling, Amie and Andrew and their father Todd Baskin), brother-in-law Bob McLean, sisters Ritva McClelland (Jim), Helen Soderholm (Peter Buchanan) and Kathryn Soderholm-Martell (Brian), nieces and nephews Michael and Ian McLean, Julia and Jenny McClelland, Emma and Jacob Buchanan, Linneah and Liam Soderholm-Martell, uncle and aunt Helmer and Norma Soderholm and family and Aunt Betty Morgan. His extended family includes sisters-in-law Cathy Johnson, nephews Eric and Sam, Lanie Joe and nieces Rita, Samantha and Tina, brothers-in-law Rob and Lil Finch and family, and Richard and Sandy Finch and family; and walking buddy “Aussie”.
He was born on March 26, 1952 in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) Ontario, two months after his parents left Finland for Canada. He moved to Campbell River with his family in 1964. Roy was raised in Willow Point where he learned to be a keen amateur mechanic and welder, and crewed with his friends at Saratoga Speedway for much of his youth. He was an employee at Elk Falls for 34 years where he made many of his lifelong friends. Roy was a devoted husband and best friend to Dee. His family loved and cherished him. He was a loyal and dependable friend who could be counted on to help with home projects. In recent years he could often be seen in his kayak in the Campbell River estuary, where he convinced many of his family and friends to join him in his favourite sport.
We would like to express gratitude to all those who encouraged Roy and his family during his year-long battle with cancer. He found courage and support in all the visits and phone calls received at home and in his involvement with the Bravehearts Dragon Boat team.
He was a gentle man with a great sense of humor who truly enjoyed life and will be greatly missed. A Memorial service will be held at the Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway in Campbell River on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. with reception to follow. Please bring your remembrances and favourite stories to share. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those who wish, may donate to the
BC Cancer Society, 1423 B 16th Ave, Campbell River BC V9W 2E4.