The family announces with sorrow his passing at Hornepayne Community Hospital on August 23rd, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of Lynda Kahara and dearest father of Gilbert Kahara and spouse Jeanne Kahara of Thunder Bay, Ontario and Laura Kahara Bayford and spouse George Bayford of Hornepayne, Ontario. He is survived by Eero Kahara (Beverley Kahara)of Marathon, Ontario. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Ben, Joseph, Cassandra and Eric, his great grandchildren Bennett and Avery and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Miriam Brinkworth and Lea Gillies brother Erkki Kahara, mother Dagmar Kahara, father Johannes Kahara and son William Joseph Kahara.
Eli (Ben) was born on October 20th, 1934 in Estonia. He and his family escaped during WW2 and made their way to Canada in 1950, eventually settling in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Eli worked in various jobs including working in logging camps, shipyards, as a milkman, and even a Ballroom Dance Instructor. He then went to seminary at Central Pentecostal College in Saskatoon where he met the love of his life Lynda Powell. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1966.
He served as Pastor in Nipigon Ontario and Hornepayne Ontario where he chose to stay.
He became self employed doing carpentry and home renovations.
Eli never stopped studying the Bible, theology, church history and doctrines and he loved to discuss these topics to great length.
Eli was a creative, caring, intelligent man who had a strong sense of pride and love for his work and family.
Friends and family will be received at the Hornepayne Cemetery on August 27th, 2020 at 2:00 pm for a small service with Ted Scheniman officiating.
Donations to the Hornepayne Community Hospital would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be placed at Residence funeraire Fawcett Funeral Home website at www.rfffh.com.
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