Veikko Olavi Honkala, 77, formerly of Ashburnham, died Sunday, May 17, in his new home in Gardner after a longterm terminal illness..
Veikko was born January 15, 1943 in Toholampi, Finland, son of the late Viljo and the late Laura (Hackman) Honkala. He and his wife, Sirkka emigrated to the United States in 1967. He was an accomplished master carpenter and well respected in the construction industry.
Veikko always kept busy whether it was tinkering in his shed or creating beautiful woodwork and building houses. Many years ago he excelled at cross country skiing and running. He was a talented and sought after Finnish accordion player as well as playing keyboards, guitar and any instrument he picked up.. He will be remembered as being loyal, honest, creative and well respected in the local Finnish community.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Sirkka (Rantanen) Honkala; his daughter, Nina Estrada and her husband, Michael of Gardner; his oldest daughter Seija McMillin and her husband William of San Francisco, CA and his son, Eric Honkala. He also leaves behind his grandson, Benicio Mikko Estrada; another grandson Sydjius Honkala and granddaughter Magnus Honkala. In his home country Finland he leaves behind one sister, Ritva Rintala; two brothers, Pentti Honkala and Aimo Honkala, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Kalevi Honkala.
A private celebration of life will be held in the future.