Kimmo Albin Innanen

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KIMMO ALBIN INNANEN P.Eng (Aeronautics, Toronto), MSc (Applied Mathematics, Waterloo). PhD (Astronomy, Toronto), Honourary Doctorate, University of Turku, Finland, Professor Emeritus, York University, Toronto, Dean Emeritus, York University, Toronto It is with infinite sadness and regret that we announce the unexpected passing of our most beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Kim Innanen at Sunnybrook Hospital on August 3, 2011, after 74 trips around the sun, as he liked to describe a person's age. Kim was born to Finnish parents, Albin and Fanny Innanen at Kirkland Lake, Ontario on March 12, 1937. At an early age, his family moved to Toronto to ensure that the boys had access to a good education, of which they both took full advantage. The family was involved with the strong Finnish community here and Finnish connections were kept up, Kim's fluency in the Finnish language helping a great deal. His research in classical mechanics, relating to galactic astronomy and later to planetary astronomy, brought him together with Finnish astronomers at the universities of Helsinki and Turku. His contributions to the field were recognized there by the awarding of an honourary degree from the University of Turku and the naming of Asteroid 1941HJ, Asteroid Innanen. He was proud and delighted to be so honoured and we, his family, knowing that he well deserved it, were too. His continued research with his colleagues, up until this year, has contributed greatly to the knowledge of Trojan asteroids and near earth bodies. His love and support of his family, his love of his research and teaching, of classical music and marching bands, of reading, especially history, of travelling with his family, of tennis and skiing and of cottage life with all its back-to-the-land responsibilities like wood chopping and the truly Finnish sauna, were boundless. His liberal sprinkling of his conversation with puns, often causing groans but always enjoyed; his ability to solve any household problem, be it electrical, plumbing, carpentry, or any other; and his ability to discuss and pass on all this knowledge to the family were so appreciated. Our lives feel empty without him. Always loved and forever missed, Sandra, Sally (Jozsef), Kristopher (Kate), Andrew (Tara), Rebekah, Holly, Adrian, Kristin and brother Veikko. Friends may call on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 11 a.m. at Agricola Finnish Lutheran Church (25 Old York Mills Road). As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, York Central Hospital Foundation (in Richmond Hill), or the charity of your choice. Condolences www.rskane.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Aug. 6, 2011
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