Norman “Kewaitinigapow” Peters, 74, of Stanjikoming First Nation, Ont., passed away Monday, May 2, 2011 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Norman was born Jan. 19, 1937 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to the late Jim and Mary Peters.
Norman grew up in Kashabowie, Ont. His first jobs included mining, trapping, and working as a tourist guide, where he made many friends during that time.
Norman also worked as a firefighter for the MNR for 35 years.
Norman’s interests included traditional regalia-making, and attending the Pow-Wow trail stateside and in Canada. He also enjoyed travelling and spending time at casinos.
Norman will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Philip, Cecilia, Lawrence, Alice, Julia, and Margaret.
Norman is survived by his partner, Agnes Kabatay; stepchildren, Ron Peters and children, Mitchell, Malcolm, Quill, and Autumn of New York, Norma Peters and son, Ron, of Toronto, Ont., Darlene Adams and children, Jeffrey and Brenna, of Fort Frances, Ont., Mary Lou Adams and children, Kaitlyn and Casha of Thunder Bay, Ont., Diane Adams of Winnipeg, Man., Brian Adams and children, Chelsea, Christopher, Brianna, Brielle, and Rowan of Saskatoon, Sask., and Casey (Yvonne) Adams and children, Jade, Jordan, Kierra, and Kacie of Fort Frances, Ont.
He also is survived by one brother, Jimmy Peters of Thunder Bay, Ont.; two sisters, Nora Peters of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Evelyn Peters of B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A traditional funeral service was held Friday May 6, 2011 in the morning at the Stanjikoming First Nation Fitness Centre. Gilbert Smith officiated, with interment in Stanjikoming First Nation Cemetery.
A wake was held on the evening of Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Stanjikoming First Nation Fitness Centre.
The pallbearers were Jeffrey Adams, Alex Cochrane, Johnny Yerxa, Paul Henderson, Jason Johnson, and Desmond Jourdain.
The honourary pallbearers were Ray Deafy, Paul Nadjiwan, Ron Ranville, Art Moore, Harry Kabatay, Alfred Kabatay, and Jim Windigo.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 920 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N4 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com