Saarela, Geroge Grant “Shorty”


August 18, 1943 – June 23, 2018

Peacefully, with his wife by his side at the North Shore Health Network, Blind River on Saturday June 23, 2018.

Grant Saarela in his 75th year, beloved husband of Joy for 17 years.

Loving father of Carl Saarela of Blind River and Robert Saarela of Elliot Lake.  Special Grandfather to Chloe Saarela of Blind River.

Step-Father to Randy Desrosiers ( Tracy ) of Bowmanville and Richard Desrosiers ( Jennifer ) of Oshawa.  Step-Grandfather to Payton, Bodin and Caitlyn Desrosiers.

Dear son of the late George and Dolly Saarela.

Dear brother of Carol Reid of Iron Bridge, Bryan Saarela ( Nancy ) of BC and Nestor Saarela of Iron Bridge.

Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  At Grant’s request cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Grant’s Life will be announced at a later date.

Donations to the North Shore Health Network or the Algoma District Cancer Program gratefully accepted.

Arrangements entrusted to Menard Funeral Home, Blind River, Ontario.


  1. A quiet gentle soul … my cousin Shorty. When I was young I was facinated that he had one blue eye and one brown eye. He was very patient with me, his pesky younger cousin, who lived next door.

    When he found me climbing the trees he would warm me if his dad was around so I would not get into trouble. I am grateful he reconnected the last few months. I had a great chat with him just the other day. RIP from this terrible disease.
    Your Cousin
    Brenda (Berry) Heartwell


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