passed away peacefully surrounded by family August 11, 2004 at the Finnish Home in Vancouver. Taimi was born July 16, 1916 in Nanaimo .
She leaves behind her loving daughters Gladys Maria, Leni (Alan) and Mary (Dean); grandchildren Phil (Jill), Sara, Salli (Dan), Lars (Kerri), Simon; great grandsons Eli, Joshua and Nathaniel; brother-in-law Peter Watson; nephews, nieces and their families; and many cousins and their families in Finland. She was predeceased by the love of her life, husband Robert in 1995.
Taimi was a devoted teacher and principal. She won a gold medal in Normal School; graduated with honours from UBC; and among many other recognitions, received a Confederation Metal as the best elementary teacher in her school district in 1967. Throughtout her life, Taimi contributed to the community: individually and through many organizations.
Bob and Taimi lived in the Ladysmith area between 1939 and 1962, where their daughters were born and raised. During WWII, Bob served on active duty in the Navy on the North Atlantic. With the Hindmarch brothers, they published the Ladysmith Chronicle newspaper. Taimi taught at Ladysmith Elementary and Diamond Schools. In 1962, they moved to Saturna Island, where she taught at the Saturna Elementary School until her retirement in 1982. On Saturna, Bob designed and built a beautiful home for Taimi. With a panoramic view, ships below and eagles flying by, they enjoyed spectacular sunsets all year round. They moved to Victoria in 1991, where they enjoyed old friendships and their lovely view to the east.
Observing Taimi’s wishes, there will be no service or flowers. Bob and Taimi’s ashes will be buried together at the Saturna Cemetery at a later date. For information, please call Leni at 250-384-5839 or Maria at 604-253-6724. For those who wish, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Taimi Aho Hindmarch Scholarship Fund, named in her honour on her 80th birthday. Address: c/o Priscilla Ewebank, Box 42, Saturna Island, BC V0N 2Y0.
The family wishes to thank everyone at Finnish Home for their wonderful care and support during her last five years. Taimi had a zest for life and loved her extended family and friends.