Mr. Melvin Niemi

Mr. Melvin William Niemi

Monday, June 27th, 1938 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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The family of Melvin Niemi are heart broken to announce his sudden passing on Sunday,
June 28, 2020, one day after his 82nd birthday, in Hamilton General Hospital.

Melvin was born in Port Arthur to William and Vieno Niemi and was raised in Silver
Mountain. He attended King's Business College. He worked at Biltrite Lumber for many
years and then was a letter carrier until his retirement in 1998.

Melvin married his best friend Maila (Muotio) on May 16, 1964. They built their home
on Junot Ave, and lived there for 53 years, until this past November, when they moved
into a condo.

With a young family he enjoyed camping with the trailer, fishing in the summer, and
snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. Melvin could always be seen outside,
summer or winter, working in the yard. Working with wood was his thing, mechanical
not so much, he relied on his cousin Wilbert for that. He was meticulous with everything
he did and took great pride in his work. His moto was, “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it
at all”. In retirement he liked to occasionally contribute to Black Bear and Grande
Portage Casino’s, always hoping for the big win. He was a proud Paapa who loved
watching his grandchildren in their activities, especially Jordan’s hockey.

Melvin is survived by his wife Maila, daughter Lynn (Sid) Lem and grandchildren Jordan
and Riley, son Ken (Lisa) Niemi and granddaughters Samantha and Chloe of The Pas,
Manitoba, sister Marlene Monty and best friend and cousin Wilbert (Selma) Alanen of
Nipigon and many other relatives.

As per his wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will take place at a late date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice, made in Melvin’s memory, would be appreciated.
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    Riverside Cemetery
    800 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay North, Oliver Road across from Lakehead University
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Allan oger

Posted at 06:54pm
Im so sorry to hear Maila. of Melvin’s passing. l will certainly miss him at the lake, I will miss him coming over to the shop to check on the projects he liked seeing them. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Allan. Oger

Terttu Lahti

Posted at 03:25pm
Our sincere condolences to Maila and family in your time of sorrow.

May your cherished memories of Melvin give you peace and sustain you in the comimg days.

Terttu and Mauri Lahti


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