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Cory OLLIKKA

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Cory Rey OLLIKKA

July 3, 1970 - July 2, 2020

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On July 2, 2020, Cory Ollikka of Hollow Lake passed away at the age of 49 years. Mourning Cory’s passing are his partner of 12 years, Maureen Parker; his two children, Zia, “Victoria” Ollikka of Saskatoon and Corbyn Ollikka of Hollow Lake; his mom and dad, Joyce Ollikka and Reynard Ollikka; his brother, Todd (Mie) of Edmonton; his parents-in-law, Mike and Joanne Parker of Ponoka; brother-in-law, Gord (Jen) Parker of Ponoka; sisters-in-law, Margo (Jeff) Irons of Calgary, and Michelle Parker of Fort Saskatchewan. Cory was a gentle, caring, witty uncle to nieces and nephews: Mina and Kai Ollikka; Jared, Kate and Emily Parker; Claire, Genevieve and Lily Irons; Dravin and Marcelle Louis. He valued and loved his aunts, uncles and cousins (and their kids) from the Ollikka and Koistinen sides.

 

Cory was predeceased by his wife, Darcy Ollikka (née Hiar) who was tragically injured in 2006 and passed away in 2009. The Hiar family, including Darcy’s parents, Earl and Clareen, her brother, Trevor, and Trevor’s sons, Dylan and Austin, have remained connected to Corbyn’s and Cory’s lives.

 

Cory was a devoted – and nothing short of incredible – dad, partner, and friend. He was deeply connected to the land, to cycles and seasons of nature, and to building community at regional, national, and global levels. He understood the relationship between astute policy and community progress, and he believed in dialogue and collaboration to get there. Humour was a significant part of how he saw the world and connected with others. A zinger from Cory was sometimes stated quietly or quietly understated, and this was his way with more than humour. Cory’s contributions to farming and municipal governance were significant, and they all stem from his values of respect, kindness, lifelong learning, and self-leadership, and from his commitment to a more just world.

 

Keeping each other and our communities safe and healthy in this pandemic was very important to Cory. He spent the past few months leading the local community to find new ways forward – adapting how we get things done, how we create meaningful progress, and how we gather.

 

A Virtual Celebration of Life will be held on Zoom on Saturday, July 11 from 2:30p.m. – 4:30 PM MDT with friend, Matt Hoven, presiding. This will be followed by a break, and then an informal Virtual Social Gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 PM MDT where we can spend time in breakout rooms sharing stories and memories of Cory.

 

How to Gather on Saturday:  Specific details, including Zoom link to the Virtual gatherings, can be found right here: tiny.cc/CoryO.  This Celebration of Life will not be recorded. Please respect the sacredness of this space by not taking or posting photos or recordings of this experience. 

 

Through and following this Celebration of Life, Cory would encourage us all to work through this in the companionship of nature. He would invite us to find our way towards peace, and he wouldn’t pretend or promise that grief can be rushed.

 

If desired, donations may be made to charities of Cory’s choice:

 

To offer condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

 

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677

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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Rudie & Janice Loffelbein
Relation: Acquaintance

We are in shock and saddened by this news. It’s unfortunate that we have lost another great individual to something so tragic. RIP Cory

From: Lorne Rubis
Relation: Friend of Maureen Parker

Maureen and all Cory’s family and friends. Our most heart felt condolences as you all navigate this painful loss . We know the grief each of you feel is so searingly personal . Words seem hopelessly inadequate . Please know how much we are wishing you all a peaceful forward path through your suffering . I guess Cory would say with living care : “ Carry On “.

From: Darlene Chizen

Sincere Condolences on the loss of your loved one

From: Ted Lubomsky
Relation: Neighbors

We give our sympathy to Ollikka family Love , Francis , Ted and Willie lubomsky

From: Members of theNational Farmers Union in Prince Edward Island
Relation: Friends through the National Farmers Union for many years.

Sincere sympathy to you all on the passing of this brilliant person, our friend Cory. May you be comforted in knowing that many people right across the country are thinking of you during these difficult days.

From: Frances. Tkachyk
Relation: Friend of his mom

My deepest sympathy to the family .

From: Giles Smith

We extend our deepest sympathies to Maureen, Corbyn and to Cory’s family and friends. We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss and are sorry to be so far away at a time of need. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.

Remembering Cory’s wonderful and gentle soul. He will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace.

Thank you, Cory, for your kindness and generosity in sharing some wonderful and relaxing days of discovery among the most beautiful scenery on Earth in the summer of 2016. A meeting, and reunion, that we will never forget.

Giles Smith and Nigel Mitchell
Ashford, Kent, England

From: Shelley Sabo
Relation: I am Maureen's friend

Dear Maureen, my heart breaks for you and your family. I am lighting a candle and holding space.

From: Michelle and Dale Sieben (Prather)
Relation: Ollikka family friend

Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Cory’s loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for peace, understanding and caring for each other in this difficult time and beyond.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 11, 2020
Beginning at 2:30pm

A Virtual Celebration of Life will be held on Zoom on Saturday, July 11 from 2:30p.m. – 4:30 PM MDT with friend, Matt Hoven, presiding. This will be followed by a break, and then an informal Virtual Social Gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 PM MDT where we can spend time in breakout rooms sharing stories and memories of Cory.

 

How to Gather on Saturday: Specific details, including Zoom link to the Virtual gatherings, can be found right here: tiny.cc/CoryO.  This Celebration of Life will not be recorded. Please respect the sacredness of this space by not taking or posting photos or recordings of this experience. This Celebration of Life will not be recorded. Please respect the sacredness of this space by not taking or posting photos or recordings of this experience. 

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If desired, donations may be made to charities of Cory’s choice:

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