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Walter Guppy, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away there Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

He was born Aug. 20, 1915 to Joseph McKenzie and Nina Noreen Guppy in Haileybury, Ont. Although he was named Gordon Stewart McKenzie at birth, he had his name officially changed to Walter Guppy at some point in his adult life.

Walter joined the armed forces when World War II broke out and served overseas. Upon returning to Canada, he lived in several places working at various jobs, including carpentry and truck driving.

He eventually made his way home in Sioux Narrows, Ont., where he, with his partner, Madeline Kakeeway, raised a family of three daughters and a son.

Walter worked as a carpenter and as a guide in the Sioux Narrows area, where he enjoyed fishing and all things outdoors. He cherished his Métis heritage and was a respected member of Sunset Country Métis Council.

As an older man, he moved to Emo, Ont. and married Ethel Kavanaugh-Hawk of Rainy River First Nations, where they resided. During this time, Walter spent many hours renovating their house and using his handyman skills on many other projects around their place.

Travelling and playing cards were other favourite pastimes.

Although very independent in nature, Walter eventually required and submitted to long-term care and took up residence at Rainycrest. He came to appreciate the interaction and activities in the home, regularly participating in the Thursday morning hymn-sing.

Walter is survived by his daughters, Geraldine Kakeeway (Danny Cameron) of Kenora, Ont., and Noreen Guppy and Charlene Kakeeway, both of B.C., and his son, Mark Kakeeway of Sioux Narrows, Ont., and their families; as well as several nieces and nephews, including special niece, Joyce Bender of Cornwall, Ont.

Also surviving are five step-daughters, Geraldine, May, Joanne, Kathie, and Patty Ann; and numerous step-grandchildren.

Walter was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Walter, Aileen, Gladys, and Florence; step-sisters, Sheila Coe and Laureen Coe; partner, Madeline Kakeeway; and by his wife, Ethel Guppy, and her three sons, Melvin, George, and Sherwin Kavanaugh.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Community Chapel on Highway 11 in Rainy River First Nations, with interment in the adjacent cemetery.

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