January 16, 1927 – January 11, 2020
LUIK, Jaan - Passed away at the Sault Area Hospital on Saturday January 11, 2020, just 5 days before his 93rd birthday. He will be missed by his sons Tom of Calgary, Alberta and Rob (Robin Dose) of Sault Ste. Marie. After living a full life, he is reunited with Linda, his beloved wife of 40 years.
Jaan immigrated to Canada from Estonia after the Second World War and in 1952 he started working in St. Catharines on the General Motors assembly line, working his way up to Senior Manufacturing Engineer. Designing engine parts for AJ Foyt and working for GM in Mexico were a couple of highlights of his career.
Jaan was creative in many ways and he won numerous City of St. Catharines landscaping awards. He was an avid outdoors person who never missed an opportunity to get out on the water fishing or to go hunting with his beagle Cindy. Jaan enjoyed spending time with nieces, nephews, brother and sister in laws at ‘grandma’s farm’ (Linda’s mother) in St. Catharines. After Linda’s passing, Jaan moved to Parksville, British Columbia where he fished on both sides of Vancouver Island.
In 2010 Jaan moved to Sault Ste. Marie to be closer to his son Rob. He was embraced and adopted by Robin’s family with whom he enjoyed many family gatherings. He spent most days working in Rob’s workshop designing and building anything from sunroom prototypes, to tables, lamps and fishing gear. When he wasn’t designing and building he was fishing rivers and lakes throughout Northern Ontario.
Jaan lived an active life, still splitting firewood up until he was 90 years old. Donations (payable by cheque) to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. A celebration of life with family and friends will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street East 705759-2522). Please visit Arthur Funeral website obituaries to leave memories and condolences as a keepsake for the family.
- Canadian Diabetes Association
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January 16, 2020
I worked with Jaan in the patternshop ,when Jaan was in the lay-out department. Later Jaan went on salary and moved to the pattern design group. Later I also ended up in the same group with Jaan as my boss.
I have good memories of Jaan as a supervisor, he was a great guy to work for.
When Jaan moved to Parksville, I had the opportunity to visit him.
We had a great visit and had a good time catching up on his adventures in B.C.
January 15, 2020
My sincere condolences to Rob and Robin and Tommy. It was my distinct pleasure to have worked with Jaan for many years at General Motors in the Foundry Engineering Department. He was always willing to share his extensive knowledge and experience with myself and fellow team members. I still remember the fishing trip to Bisco with Marty, Ron and Tim, Jaan and Rob, Trevor and myself and my 2 boys Michael and Christopher. I always considered Jaan a great colleague and a friend and his memory will be with me forever.
January 14, 2020
My late father (Felix Evert) was very good friends with your fathers brother who went missing after the second world war while sailing in the south seas. Later my dad became close to your dad and mom in St. Catharines in the 1950's. We visited your family many times with both my mom (Sylvia) and dad and brothers Mark and Tom. My mom still kept in touch with your dad by phone until about 10 years ago. She lives with me now and we were going through an old phone book and saw your dad's name so I decided to google him so that she could call and wish him a happy birthday and discovered that he had just passed away this past weekend. We are very sorry for your loss.
Krista Kiilaspea, Syliva, Tom and Mark Evert.