This blog is a repost of
Harry's original FinnLabor site published by Daniel ben Avram in case it ever expires as a tribute to one of my favorite Finnish-American storytellers. I'll miss you, friend! RIP
BIOGRAPHYHarry Siitonen was a Michigan State University journalism graduate. He was a retired newspaper printer and long-term writer for Finnish-American periodicals. A union activist, with a strong interest in the Finnish-American labor movement, he has lectured at FinnFests on the subject. Harry was also an actor and a member of SAG (that’s his iActor headshot, above), and translates Finnish plays into English. A secular humanist, he has addressed meetings of the Finnish Union of Freethinkers on the religious right in U.S. politics.
|Dear friends, I was informed by Harry’s daughter Kimberly that Harry passed away this Sunday morning at 9am at the nursing home. I'll pass on more information about arrangements. —Antonio|
I worked for many years with Harry Siitonen at the SF Chronicle before his retirement. He was always a stand-up man, with true principles of justice. He was a loyal member and activist in the union, while never holding back on his views if he disagreed, or agreed(!) with the leadership.
Even until very recently, thanks to the devoted help of Antonio, he would come o the lunches of our Typographical Sector Retirees’ Club. His long life f Finnish pride, socialist convictions, radical unionism and theater activism were just part of what made him a working-class hero. — Gloria