Viola “Esther” Holpainen

In Memorial

Jan 15th 1933- Mar 2nd 2011.

On March 2nd Esther passed away at the Ridge Meadows Hospital. Esther was born in Dawson Creek, B.C. and moved to Vancouver in 1938; then to Maple Ridge in 1958. At the age of 21 in 1954, she was seriously injured in an automobile accident, and as a result has been confined to a wheelchair for that last 57 years. She was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her sister Melva Leppa and cousins in Canada and Finland.

A celebration of Esther’s life will be held on March 8th at 2pm at her home. Special thanks to the many “home support staff” who cared for Esther over the years.

The Britannia High School Class of 1951 wishes to express our condolences to the family of Esther Holpainen.
We all have many happy remembrances of our high school years, and Esther was certainly a part of those memories. This year marks our 60th anniversary of our graduation from Britannia. We will sadly be remembering our classmates including Esther who are no longer with us.

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  1. Victoria Fairfax (Male)

    Dearest Melva & Family,

    I am forwarding our condolences on behalf of Eila Male’s family, being her eldest daughter. Eila spoke of your family so much of you & Ester..on countless times. When she used to go to your house in Corners to visit after our family had moved away, so long ago. I still have memories of Ester, having once driven her on Handy Dart.
    As you know..Eila passed away last year, sadly missed…as Ester will be also…

    Love, Victoria & family

  2. My sister, Vicky, just let me know of Esther’s passing. Esther & our mother were friends. Although it is some years since I last visted with Esther, I especially remember when as a child my mom and grandmother would take me along on visits to her home in Webster’s Corner. I have always felt a great deal of compassion for Esther, given the challenges she was confronted with as a young woman. My momther would always let me know when they had a visit. I also remember Esther’s mother as a very strong person, who was always inviting, engaging, and warm when we visited all those years ago. My condolences to the family.

  3. Maureen Byrnell

    I was so sorry to learn of Esther’s death. I graduated from Britannia High School with Esther and remember her as a very friendly girl and involved in everything. I remember her accident – we were all so shocked and saddened. I imagine her life has not been very easy since then. I send my sympathy to Melva, her family and friends. Sincerely, Maureen Byrnell

  4. My sympathy to Esther’s family. I attended Britania High School along with Esther and we graduated the same year. I had not heard of her accident so long ago and am truly sorry I did not. She truly was a lovely person. May she rest in peace.
    Shirley Young (nee Post)

  5. Bette (Robertson) Querin

    I remember Esther from High School, I was in class 14 and she was in class 15. I didn’t know her that well, but do remember her smiling face. I am sorry to hear of her struggle in life and that she now has some peace.
    My thoughts and sympathy to her family.

    Bette Querin

  6. I was saddened to learn of Esther’s death. Esther and I graduated from Britannia High School in the same year. Although we weren’t the most intimate of friends I found her to be a very vivacious and cheerful schoolmate. After graduating I wound up logging for Alaska Pine & Cellulose at Beaver Cove on Vancouver Island in 1952. Imagine my surprise to find Esther employed there too as part of the kitchen staff. I later heard about her horrific accident. Very sad. My condolences and best wishes to the family.
    Ray Skytte

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