Alfred “Fred” Heikkinen
Oct. 24, 1925 – Jan. 6, 2021
It is with profound sadness, and a measure of comfort, that we announce the peaceful passing of Alfred Heikkinen; husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and treasured friend to everyone who knew him, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Rimbey Long Term Care Centre at the age of 95 years.
Fred was born on Oct. 24, 1925, at the small community of Saunders, west of Rocky Mountain House, to Matt and Ida Heikkinen.
His early years were spent growing up in the Bingley area on the family farm near what is now known as the Oras road.
During this time, he was able to complete eight years of schooling and it was when he met his future wife and lifelong partner, Vivian Sorvisto.
After having met and grown up knowing Viv, they were married on Dec. 15, 1948. A union of which lasted his entire life, an exceptional and inspiring 72 plus years.
After farming with his brothers in the Leslieville area, he and Vivian took over the family country store north of Leslieville in 1957, while also raising a small herd of cattle.
This would become a major part of the family’s life as they ran the store for 17 years.
During these years, it had become known as “The Crossroads Store” or simply “The Store” to many.
We still hear stories to this day from people who had stopped there for anything from gas, groceries, smokes and candy, or just simply to visit. The memories created from this venture are lifelong and Fred often talked about many different happenings from this time.
After selling the store in 1974, Fred moved up the road a short distance and continued his career in the oil patch. He enjoyed working in the patch and did so until he retired, working for Kenting Oilfield Services.
During the time of owning the store and working in the oilfield, Fred also enjoyed camping, hunting, and travelling with the truck and camper, dancing, gardening, and meeting and visiting with people he knew.
Everyone simply knew him as Fred, and he and Viv always seemed to have time to have a coffee and a visit with everyone. Fred and Viv were a common sight at almost every community dance and function in the area and it seemed like they knew every person in the area in one way or another. Community and family were important to him and it showed in everything he did.
As time went on, Fred and Viv were always travelling to any old-time dance in the area they could get to.
When they weren’t travelling, going to a dance, or having coffee, they managed to maintain a small acreage and large garden, which is still in the same spot Fred started it in so many years ago.
After living in the Leslieville area his whole life, Fred and Viv then moved into Rocky Mountain House. They lived there for 10 years, all of which was spent becoming regulars at all of the local coffee shops which were all mostly within walking distance of home. Fred loved meeting and talking with people they met up with during these outings.
As age crept in and health began to fail, Fred and Viv moved into the Eckville Manor House where he resided until the final few months.
Friends and family were always important to Fred and he cherished getting to know everyone he met and enjoyed re-connecting with someone he hadn’t seen in a while.
Fred was sadly predeceased by his eldest son Jim, his brother Tauno and his sister Irene.
Fred is survived by his wife Vivian; brother Roy; sister Eila, daughter-in-law Janie; and sons: Jerry (Sue) and Randy (Cindy); he will be greatly missed by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and family members.
Fred will be remembered as a kind soul and a person that never seemed to have a negative word to say about anyone.
We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Eckville Manor House and the Rimbey Long Term Care unit for the love, kindness and compassion shown to Fred in his last years and months.
As to his wishes, Fred will be cremated and will be laid to rest at a later date with a small family gathering.
Memorial donations may be made in Fred’s name to The Eckville Manor House or STARS.
Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Condolences may be forwarded to: www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.