The family announces with sorrow his peaceful death at Hoivakoti Nursing Home at Finlandia Village in Sudbury, Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at the age of 82 years. Walter was born on June 17th, 1936 in Rouyn Noranda Québec. Lifelong partner and companion for 53 years to Hilda Nadjiwan. Cherished father of Vania (Nelson) Merilainen-Dickson of Whitefish, Marc (Laura) Merilainen of Toronto, Nikki (Todd) Merilainen-Moore of Sudbury, Dawna Merilainen of Blind River, Suzanne (Vince) Shawbonquit of Naughton and Vicky Merilainen (Nick Cayen). Loving grandfather of Sindy, Joshua, Amanda, Ricky, Sasha, Naomi, Lisa, Spenser, Nina, Miika, Elijah, Fox, Cole, Daniel and Andre. He was the great grandfather of Hudsyn, Hayven, Nova, Tuukka, Hannah, Rayden, Tori, Terry and Bella. Walter is survived by his older brother Charlie Merilainen of Thunder Bay.
As per his wishes cremation has taken place. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Simple Wishes of the North, Sudbury.