Jules Paivio and his family at Ottawa monument to honour Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
Jules Paivio, a retired architect and educator made his home in Sudbury for many years, died at age of 96 in Aurora in 2013
A life-long activist, he was the last living Canadian veteran of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion that went to Spain to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War, which is now considered the dress rehearsal for the Second World War.
He spearheaded a campaign to have a national monument to the 1,500 Canadians who served in the Spanish Civil War erected at Green Island Park on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. In 2011. he was given Spanish citizenship for his contributions to that country’s fight for democracy in the late 1930s.
After narrowly escaping a firing squad in Spain, Paivio returned to Canada on the eve of the Second World War and enlisted in the Canadian army.
Later he studied architecture at Ryerson in Toronto and taught at the school for many years. In Sudbury, he was active in the Finnish-Canadian community and lived at Finlandia Village for many years.