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JOSEPH WHITECROW JR. (Ga-Gee-Gay-Ya-Tay-Go-Nay-Be-Tung)

It is great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, and brother, Joseph Whitecrow Jr., on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joseph was born July 16, 1946 in Fort Frances to the late Joseph Sr. and Irene Whitecrow.

He was a hard worker, and was a strong, vibrant, and lovable man and an outdoorsman in every way. He enjoyed being out on the lake, and out on his trapline, and always outside early in the morning.

He was a recognized elder and was very spiritual. He was loved, admired, and respected and will be missed.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Julia Kabatay in 1993; one brother, Leonard Whitecrow; and one sister, Cecilia Whitecrow.

Joseph is survived by his sons, Darcy (Kabatay) Whitecrow of Seine River First Nation, Ont., Roger Whitecrow of Toronto, Ont., Clayton Whitecrow of Winnipeg, Man., Joey Whitecrow and wife, Becky, of Duluth, Mn., and Dalton Boshkaykin of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and his daughters, Veronica Whitecrow and Gerald Johnson of Seine River First Nation, Ont., Kerry Boshkaykin and Earl of Winnipeg, Man., Roxanne Boshkaykin of Seine River First Nation, Ont., Louanne Whitecrow of Toronto, Ont., and Abbygail Boshkaykin and Matthew of Geraldton, Ont.

Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; one brother, Howard Whitecrow and Alice Ottertail of Seine River First Nation, Ont.; sisters, Judy and husband, Ernie Bird, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., Sueanne Whitecrow and Rob Pringle of Fort Frances, Ont., and Celina Whitecrow and Norman Gerrard, and Doris Willie, all of Seine River First Nation, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A traditional burial service to celebrate Joseph’s life will be held Thursday, May 27, 2010 in the morning at his home on Seine River First Nation, Ont. Elder Ralph Johnson will officiate, with burial in Seine River First Nation Cemetery.

A wake will be held Wednesday evening at his home on Seine River First Nation.

The pallbearers will be Clifford Boshkaykin and several of his chosen friends.

Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Seine River First Nation Youth Council c/o P.O. Box 124, Mine Centre, Ont., P0W 1H0 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com