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Reino W. Tikkanen

April 16, 1925 October 27, 2018
Reino W. Tikkanen
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STERLING - Reino William Tikkanen passed peacefully in his sleep on October 27, 2018. Born April 16, 1925 in Fitchburg, MA, Reino moved around the New England area through his childhood. He joined the Marines in 1942 and was active in the war effort in the Pacific theater. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Foster, RI to the land that would become the Tikkanen Berry Farm. Finding no joy in poultry farming, he turned to blueberry and strawberry farming in the 1970s. Thousands returned year after year to the Tikkanen Berry Farm to pick fresh ripe blueberries and strawberries. He enjoyed conversing with the pickers and hearing how they enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

He is survived by a son and a daughter, five grandchildren and one great grandson. Services will be private and we prefer donations in his name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation ( to express your sympathy.

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