Jules Pekka Paivio

Alternate name(s): 
Pauli Koponen; Airio
Date of birth: 
Monday, 30 April 1917
Marital status: 
Canadian; Finnish
Sudbury, Ontario; Mattawa, Ontario
Political affiliation: 
Young Communist League, 1930, unit secretary; Joined the Communist Party in Spain
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
Finnish organizations
Approximate date arrived in Spain: 
1937-03-13 arrived
Abraham Lincoln Battalion; Mackenzie Papineau Battalion; Lieutenant; Served at Jarama, Brunete, then to Officers' Training School, promoted to teniente; Commander of the Non Commissioned Officer school
Final status: 

Capture on 1 (or 3 or 4) April 1938; Imprisoned at San Pedro de Cardeña; Exchanged 5 April 1939; Survived; Returned to Canada 6 May 1939 on the Duchess of Bedford; Served in the Canadian Army during World War II, teaching map reading skills; Mackenzie Papineau Veterans Association (Toronto); Visited Spain with the Veterans Delegation in in September 1979; Later became an architect and directed construction of the Ottawa monument to the Mac Paps; Died 4 September 2013 as the last surviving member of the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion


He wrote a testimony about his experience as a prisoner of war at San Pedro de Cardeña; Paivio's story, including the story of his father Aku Paivio's poem, "To My Son in Spain," is told in the documentary To My Son In Spain


RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 563, ll. 12-13; List of Canadian Casualties in Spain MG30 E173 Vol.1 File 13 (Captured April 1938); NAC, M-P Collection, Hoar, V. 1, F. 9, Accounts of Experiences in Spain, 1939; Geiser; Momryk; Petrou; Our Boys in Spain; Obituary, Toronto Star, September 13, 2013.