Eila T. Male (nee Rauma)

In Memorial

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 7, 2010 after a lengthy illness, Eila was born in Toronto, Ontario on November 7, 1932. The only daughter of Ada and Walter Rauma, Eila settled with her parents in the Finnish community of Websters Corners in 1936. Eila is survived by her loving family: husband, Derek, daughters Victoria (Brian), Lori (Bryan), Andrea (Bernie), and grandchildren Jason, Michael and Jasmine, and many relatives in Finland. During her life, Eila donated to various worthy causes related to the arts, health, education, peace, poverty and justice. She volunteered on numerous committees and organizations. Throughout her adult life, Eila was a rich resource for local writers and academics interested in the Canadian/Finnish culture. In 2008, her vast historical knowledge was recognized when she was invited by academics at UBC to provide a speech on Finnish settlement in Canada and British Columbia. Eila enjoyed all kinds of music. She loved to dance, travel, read and spend time with family and friends. For her, family was ‘number one’. She was loving, kind, compassionate, and in times of adversity continued to display an engaging sense of humour. Her quest for knowledge never ceased. She is, and will be, deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of Eila’s life will take place on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Meadow Gardens, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eila’s name to McKenney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge will be greatly appreciated. Condolences can be sent to www.gardenhill.ca.

“May the winds of love blow gently, so you can hear, that we will always love and miss you, and wish that you were here”

Nakemiin (Goodbye).

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  1. Jennifer&Vi McKenzie

    Dear Derek and Andrea…we were saddened to read of Eila’s passing and wanted to send our condolences to you both and the family.

    We were always so happy to stop and have a chat and get caught up on news when we met in town, and will miss her beautiful smile and genuine love for her family and friends.


    Jennifer & Vi McKenzie.

  2. Fran & Kurt Sebert

    Our hearts are with you & your family Derek.
    Fran Sebert

  3. To the family my condolences to you all.

    I am very saddened to hear of Eila’s passing – we chatted now and then and usually went back to Webster’s Corners and reminisced our childhood – the people,the picnics, Christmas concerts,and other events of that time. I will miss these chats with her.

    Dora Oinonen (nee Juntunen)

  4. Please accept condolences from the Editorial Board of People’s Voice. Among Eila’s many contributions to a better world, Eila was a warm supporter of our paper and its predecessor publication, the Pacific Tribune. We were pleased to print her article a few years ago on the history of Finnish immigrants in Websters Corners and area. Her memory will live on through her accomplishments in recording this valuable heritage and history.

    Kimball Cariou, Editor of People’s Voice

  5. Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

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