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The family of Sam Bombay is sad to announce his passing on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.

Sam passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 25, 1941 in Emo, Ont. to Sam and Christina Bombay (nee Wilson).

Sam grew up in Manitou and was one of the first native students to attend Fort Frances High School. He left school at Grade 11 to look for work.

He moved to Atikokan, Ont. and lived with his sister, Joyce, until he could get settled. There he found work in the Steep Rock Iron Mines.

After about four years, Sam moved to Dryden, Ont., where he worked in the mill. Also while in Dryden, Sam had the pleasure of playing goalie for the Dryden Rockets.

A few years later they moved back to Manitou.

Among many of his jobs, Sam was very proud of being the first band administrator for Manitou Rapids. He spent many years working for the band in various positions. Eventually, Sam went on to work for the Indian Inspection Unit.

In his final years of working, he once again ended up working for the band as historian. To him this wasn’t a job . . . it was a pleasure as this was one of his favourite things to do.

Some of Sam’s hobbies included photography, playing guitar, and the researching the history of families of the Rainy River First Nations.

Sam was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Christina Bombay; brothers, Alfred, Harry, Ray, Kenneth, and Calvin; sisters, Edna and Florence; and his daughter, Theresa, and grandson, Desmond.

Sam leaves behind his beloved wife of 27 years, Geraldine.

He also leaves his children, Tony, Angela (Rick), Marvin, Donald, Darren, Susan, Marian, and Melvin; grandchildren, Brett, Samantha, Andrea, Kristina, Aaron, and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Hailey, Daeton, Keisha, Ashden, and Alex; sister, Joyce Gawlik; and many nieces and nephews.

A wake was held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium, with funeral services held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Officiating the funeral service was Pastor Ken Funk of Thunder Bay, Ont.

The honourary pallbearers were Robert Bombay, Tony Bombay, Brett LeGarde, Aaron Bombay, Calvin Bombay Jr., and Greg Bombay Sr.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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