January 4, 2016, 10:54 am
Raija, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Phyllis
January 4, 2016, 11:12 am
My deepest sympathies, Raija. My thoughts are with you and your son.
Dr. Jonathan Chapman
January 4, 2016, 11:30 am
I am very sorry to learn about Dr. Sampo Paunonen's passing. Twenty-five years ago, I took his course, Psychology of Personality. This was one of the most enjoyable courses, and much of it had to do with his relaxed, engaging and creative approach. My condolences to his family.
January 4, 2016, 11:58 am
My sincere condolences, Raija and Ari. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Sampo was one of my professors many years ago, and he taught and inspired me a great deal. There are so many of us he impacted positively.
January 4, 2016, 12:01 pm
Raija, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sam was a wonderful friend and colleague. I will always cherish our friendship and camaraderie.
January 4, 2016, 12:10 pm
Dear Raija & Ari,
I am sorry for your loss, Sam was a great friend to all who knew him, and could always make us laugh. He will be greatly missed.
January 4, 2016, 12:19 pm
Dear Raija and family, I am saddened by the death of your life partner. Strength and new vistas await, my colleague and friend. Lesley
January 4, 2016, 1:59 pm
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to both you and your son.
January 4, 2016, 2:02 pm
Sam was a close friend throughout University and we spent many a day enjoying Sauna in his house.
His lovely wife Raija and Liz and I were close friends.
I will miss him as will his students I am certain.
January 4, 2016, 2:38 pm
Dear Raija and Ari, Please receive my sincere condolences for the loss of a beloved husband and father. I wish you both courage and strength during this painful time.
January 4, 2016, 3:48 pm
So sorry for your loss Raija and Ari, my thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time...hugs
Anna-Mari ja Jarmo Keranen
January 4, 2016, 4:04 pm
So very sorry to hear of Sampo's passing
Paul K.F. Chan
January 4, 2016, 4:06 pm
Dear Raija and Ari, Patricia and I send our deepest condolensces. Sam is a great guy and much too young to be going. He will be missed, but will live on in our memories.
January 4, 2016, 5:13 pm
I was so sorry to hear that Sam has passed away. He was a wonderful colleague - always positive, easy-going, and friendly. I felt a particular connection to him because we both grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and shared memories of people and places in that area. What a sad loss. My sincere condolences to his family.
January 4, 2016, 7:01 pm
Please accept my deepest condolences, Sampo will be fondly remembered.
January 4, 2016, 7:46 pm
Dear Raija and Ari,
So very sorry for your loss. I know Sam will be greatly missed by not only his family but all of his students and his many friends. Sending love and sympathy to you and the whole family.
January 4, 2016, 7:51 pm
Dear Raija and Ari,
So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending you Love, Blessings and Fairy Dust. Memories are always with us.
January 4, 2016, 8:51 pm
Dear Raija and Ari,
With sympathy for your loss. Sam was such an excellent mentor: always helpful and encouraging, and with a great sense of humour. I'm proud to have been his student.
January 4, 2016, 9:37 pm
Dear Raija and Ari, I am very sorry for hear about your loss. I am deeply saddened by Sam's passing as I have learned a lot from him when he mentored me. He was understanding, helpful, and was always mindful of his students' welfare. To me, Sam has been inspirational; it has been, and always will be, an honor to be his student.
Janice Desaulnier Cumming
January 4, 2016, 9:43 pm
Raija, I'm so very sad to learn of Sam's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
January 4, 2016, 10:05 pm
I was so saddened to hear of my uncle Sampo's passing. I am so grateful we connected over a year ago. I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this painful time.
Dr. Anna Gray-Henschel
January 5, 2016, 9:44 am
Please accept my deepest condolences. I remember Sam fondly as a dedicated, funny, smart, and supportive mentor during my graduate studies at Western under Dr. Douglas Jackson. He was always available to listen and give me advice and help. I imagine he and Dr. J are now having pretty interesting psychology debates where they are both right. Sam will be greatly missed and an important piece of him lives on his graduate students and colleagues. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling and hope that with time you will find comfort in the love and support of your friends and family.
January 5, 2016, 10:25 am
Sam was a wonderful colleague. He gave me advice, taught me how to pronounce "sauna", and was someone I always enjoyed discussing ideas with. I respected him a great deal, and liked him a lot. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
January 5, 2016, 10:27 am
Sam was a source of support and inspiration to so many students in psychology at Western. My prayers and condolences to his family.
January 5, 2016, 10:27 am
Dear Raija and Ari,
I am so sorry for your loss. Sam's illness came on so quickly that we were barely registering that he was on sick leave before he died! I didn't know Sam well, even though we've been colleagues for decades--I think we are both cave-dwellers--but my interactions with him were always very pleasant. He was a really nice guy.
I've been thinking of Sam a lot over the holidays, and you. If you ever decide you want to gather with people who knew Sam, I am certain we (the psych dept) would be glad to participate.
Take good care of yourselves and each other.
January 5, 2016, 10:40 am
Sam was a student in one of my graduate courses, and then a cherished colleague. The strength of his character matched his high intellectual level. He will be sorely missed.
January 5, 2016, 10:56 am
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Sam was a true gentleman and scholar! Quiet competence. You will be missed and not forgotten.
January 5, 2016, 11:02 am
Dear Raija and Ari: my sincere condolences for your loss. Sam's office was next to mine and we chatted every day. He had a wonderful sense of humor about everyday things and keen insights regarding research and academic topics. He will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him.
January 5, 2016, 11:51 am
I first met Sam when he was Doug Jackson's graduate student and I was here on a job interview for the personality area. Over these many years I always thought of Sam as friendly, very smart, very giving, and an overall very steady and very nice colleague. He'll be missed, and I send my sincere condolences.
January 5, 2016, 12:28 pm
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sam. He was an excellent teach and mentor to me - always willing to help and provide unique insights. He has touched and inspired so many lives!
January 5, 2016, 6:10 pm
Sorry to hear of Sampo's passing. Remembering him as a fellow work partner and
really good friend. So many great laughs with him. His kindest will always be remembered.
Sault Ste. Marie,Ontario
Norm and Sandy Pietila
January 5, 2016, 7:01 pm
Very sad to hear this news Raija. Our condolences go out to you and your family.
January 5, 2016, 9:34 pm
Raija and Ari, I am so very sorry for your loss. I'll remember all the great conversations I had with Sam over the years in the coffee room. He was a always an upbeat, fun person to have around in addition to being a true expert and highly-valued colleague. He will be sorely missed.
January 5, 2016, 11:31 pm
My sincerest condolences to Sam's family and friends. We worked on different floors in a large building and different areas in a large department, but I remember Sam as a friendly, smart, down to earth guy who was very easy to talk to every time our paths crossed. Very sorry to hear of his rapid illness and passing. I know that he is remembered very fondly by a very large group of colleagues and friends.
Joe and Judy Fratesi
January 6, 2016, 8:39 am
So sorry to hear of your loss, Raija. We send our sincerest condolences. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Judy
January 6, 2016, 9:05 am
I send my deepest condolences to Sam’s wife and family. I was shocked and very much saddened on learning of his passing. Like many in psychology, I had returned from vacation to find that Sam had been hospitalized but for a condition that, if not curable, could be managed. It never entered my head that Sam would not be around for many years yet to come. Sam was a friend and colleague since his days at UWO as a graduate student. He had a droll sense of humor, a steady hand at the till and during my time as Department Chair was one of those people you could always count on. We spent many hours (perhaps too many hours) talking about a wide range of issues- , from what is going on in Finland to the stock market (and retirement issues) to anecdotes about his advisor. And of course about research. I will sorely miss him on so many dimensions.
January 6, 2016, 12:05 pm
Sam was my faculty colleague in the Department of Psychology for many years, and we published a couple of papers together. I have very fond memories of Sam...he was always kind, and calm and supportive, a total gentleman, as well as an accomplished scholar. I will miss you Sam.
January 6, 2016, 12:13 pm
My deepest condolences. Sam was such an integral member of the Department of Psychology at UWO. He had a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor and a wonderful personality. We will all miss him!
January 7, 2016, 1:25 am
I am very sorry to hear your loss. To me, Professor Paunonen has always been a very kind mentor. He always genuinely cared about me and anyone around him. He always tried his best to help his friends and students. I am saddened to hear his passing. He will be always in my memory. I will never forget such a brilliant scholar and mentor.
January 7, 2016, 5:34 am
As a colleague of Sam's in the Psychology department, I was sad to hear of Sam's death. We will miss his contributions to the department and his always-friendly demeanor.
My condolences to your family.
January 7, 2016, 10:18 am
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Dr. Paunonen was my thesis advisor at Western 10 years ago. He had a huge influence on my career as he recommended me for my first full-time job after university. I learned a great deal from him and he will forever be in my memory.
January 7, 2016, 11:06 am
My sincere sympathy to Sam's family. My office is around the corner from his, and it was nice to take a break and go for a chat with him about almost anything that involved doing things the right way: using proper grammar, reliability, the correct way to install roof shingles using a chalk line, and debating whether music should be recorded in digital or in the old analog format. I will miss Sam especially as I look for him along the walk from the Research Park to the main campus where our paths would intersect.
July 6, 2017, 4:40 pm
To Sam's family,
I know this is very late, but I just learned of Sam's passing. I knew Sam way back in 1985 when I was an undergraduate at UWO. Sam was my faculty advisor. He treated me very well. His relaxed, unassuming manner made him easily approachable. His sense of humour made him a joy to talk to. His knowledge and expertise helped me tremendously. A few years later, I received a letter in the mail from Sam. He sent it to my parent's address. He wanted to let me know what we had written, along with Douglas Jackson, had been published in a Psychology Journal. You can imagine how excited I was to discover this. I have had this framed and see it daily, next to my UWO diploma. Those days were long ago, but certainly not forgotten. I since have become a school teacher and I hope my students see me as someone like Sam. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know that Sam's memory will live on in the hearts and minds of many.