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Jules Päiviö Sudbury 2007

5th Finglish trip June 2007 #2

Jules Päiviö, 29 April 1916 – 4 September 2013, was a Canadian architect, professor, and soldier.

A veteran of the Spanish Civil War, he was the last surviving member of the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion. Päivio was born near Port Arthur, Ontario, and raised in nearby Sudbury by his Finnish parents. His father Aku Päiviö was a Finnish Canadian journalist, poet and socialist.

Jules left Canada at the age of 19 to fight in the Spanish Civil War. He was captured during the war, saved from execution by an Italian officer, and placed in a prisoner-of-war camp. Päiviö was the last surviving Canadian veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and in 2012 he was honored by the Spanish government by being granted honorary citizenship.

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