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Riley Jourdain, 77, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away at Lakehead Manor in Thunder Bay on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

Riley was born March 27, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Samuel and Margaret Jourdain.

He had worked as a supervisor for Human Resources Development Canada.

He attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., where he majored in journalism. He also graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. with his Bachelors of Arts degree.

He enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, and reading, and was known for his sense of humour.

Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Riley was united in marriage on May 8, 1971 to the former Josie Bruyere, who survives along with their three children, Marty Jourdain and his partner, Rosie Meekis, and their children, Reese and Jacey Jourdain, Jon Jourdain and his partner, Destiny, and their children, Riley and Sienna Jourdain, and Leela Jourdain (Lennox) and their children, Isiah and Montana; and step-daughter, Cherish Machendagose and her children, Tristan and Payton.

Also surviving are his siblings, Josephine Bruyere, Glen (Jenny) Jourdain, Raymond (Mary) Jourdain, Verna (Wayne) Rafn, Linda (Wilf) Morrisseau, and Judy (Dennis) Perreault; sister-in-law, Annabell Jourdain; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Riley was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Margaret Jourdain; siblings, Bill and Russell Jourdain; nephew, Jeffrey (Putsy) Bruyere; and brother-in-law, Raymond Bruyere.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Couchiching First Nation. Rev. Mr. Bob Grynol will officiate, followed by interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.

Friends may visit Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont. Vigil prayers will be offered there at 7:30 p.m.

The pallbearers will be Dennis Bruyere, Darren Morrisseau, Bradley Jourdain, Shane Jourdain, Grant Perreault, and Doug Perreault.

In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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