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Pekka Kurki dead

    pekka_kurki_photo_rWe regret to have to inform you that former EVAA’s Treasurer Pekka KURKI, from Finland, died at the age of 75. Our friend Pekka passed away on the 3rd of June after a long period of different illnesses. He was Treasurer of the European Veterans Athletics Association (EVAA) from 2000 to 2008. All people in Europe who met Pekka will keep excellent memories of a clever and friendly man, putting his time and expertise at the disposal of the master movement in Europe.

    EMA’s President Kurt Kaschke and EMA’s Council members offer their sincere condolences to his wife Laina as well as all his family.

    Jean Thomas EMA’s Treasurer on behalf of EMA’s President and Council.

    Honour member and previous treasure of EVAA Pekka Kurki has passed away

    Pekka Kurki (born 4.4.1941) has passed away on 3rd of May after long period of different illnesses. First Pekka got an Alzheimer, later some intestines disease and during last months blister cancer.
    Pekka has blessed 27th of May with his family and closest friends. Pekka Kurki was a Person in our Masters Sports Movement. He was a council member of Finland Masters Athletics 12 years (1997-2002 and 2005-2010).
    As a treasure of EVAA Pekka was full period, 10 years, 1998 – 2008. Honour Life President of EVAA/EMA Dieter Massin said the he learned Pekka Kurki in Cesenatico 1998, when he was elected as treasurer of EVAA.
    From this moment onwards I learned his work, his understanding of managing the money in EVAA, before he ends in Poznan 2008, fulfilling his term in respect to our constitutions.
    The ten years as a treasurer was a harmonious time, a safe time for our movement and a time of mutual respect. For me, as a managing director of Finland Masters Athletics, Pekka was a Person who gave me an opportunity to start to work in our federation. He learned me to our sport movement, encouraged with new ideas and developed our association in many ways.
    Today we can say so many thanks from these ideas and working years for our Masters Sport. Pekka was also a person who conducted me to both EVAA and WMA work. Without him and his support my work in the International Masters Sport movement has not started ‘’in good hands’’.
    We are sad now, but Pekka’s memories and example give us a good reason to continue our work. I will carry a flower on Friday on the behalf of myself and Master Sports on the Pekka’s grave.

    with our deepest condolence to Laina and the family

    Vesa Lappalainen
    managing director
    Finland Masters Athletics