Having recently battled many health complications, Clifford Tuesday, 60, of Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing, passed away Tuesday May 31, 2011 surrounded by family at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was loved and raised by his grandmother, Anne Morrison, and he always cherished that time in his life. His traditional upbringing included time spent with his aunts and uncles.
His work over the years involved pulp-cutting, guiding for many of the local resorts, trapping with a special elder, working for a local fishery, operating a guide service, and managing Cedar Island Resort for Big Island.
Clifford worked hard at the jobs he had; he retired from his last employment position as education counsellor for Big Island.
In 1982, Clifford had the privilege of coaching a boys’ baseball team. He was very proud of this special opportunity. His athletic history included hockey, baseball, waterskiing, downhill skiing, swimming, diving, lacrosse, and volleyball.
Clifford loved to fish and he also was a hunter. His knowledge and wisdom acquired from elders and other sources were shared with friends and family in numerous ways. They will miss his never-ending sense of humour and his kind, gentle, and loving heart.
Clifford loved to create moments to make people laugh and smile.
Rose Marie, his wife, partner, and friend of 38 years, will forever love and miss him.
Clifford’s children, Clifford Ian, Sheri Lou, Anne Marie, Shelly Marie, and Clifton Chad will always love, cherish, and miss him.
Clifford’s special sons are Mike, Lawernce, Charlie, and Robert bobby. His special daughters are Gina, Candace, and Annette. He had an abundance of love for his family, friends, and loved ones.
Together, Clifford and his, wife, Rose share nine grandchildren, Jaden, Courtney, Breanna, Alyssa, Nika, Madeline, Vincent, Jack, and Chad. They also were blessed with two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Kaleb. Clifford loved them all dearly and always will share a special bond with them.
Clifford will be missed by his brothers, Gary, Jazz, and Noel and their partners, Stella, Amy, and Darlene; and his sisters, Patsy, Brenda, Bernadine, Audrey, and Rhonda and their partners, Otto, Wayne, and Jorge. They will miss him dearly.
Other family members who remember and miss Clifford include his step-siblings, Marie, Agnes, Elizabeth, Stanley, and Albert. His many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends share the treasured memories of their uncle, cousin, and friend.
Clifford was predeceased by his father, Pierre Tuesday Sr.; his mother, Hannah Comegan; brothers, Carl and Larry; sisters, Sharon, Star, and Debbie; step-brother, Ron; and Albert John Morrison, who was his brother, best friend, and cousin.
A traditional funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing Community Centre. Interment will follow at Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing Cemetary.
A wake will be held Friday, June 3, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing Community Centre.
The pallbearers will be Marcel Horton, Sean Comegan, Carl Big George Jr., Alain Tanguay, Jarvis Little, and Garry Windigo.
The honourary pallbearers will be Clifford’s other close friends.
If friends and family so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada c/o Rainy River Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.rainyriverfuneralhome.com