Kegwechigabo (Mukwa Doodem) Norman McGinnis Sr., 80, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, with his family by his side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
Norman was born Dec. 6, 1932 at Rainy River First Nations to the late Harold and Margaret McGinnis.
Norman had worked as a logger and as a firefighter crew boss for the MNR. He was a natural-born story-teller and loved going for long walks, which he did every day.
He lived a quiet and reserved lifestyle. He never hesitated to act in the capacity of Anishinabe Elder when asked to.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Jean, and seven children, Valerie (Alfred) Fisher of Kenora, Ont., Lester (Jean) of Duluth, Mn., Leslie of Toronto, Ont., Patrick of Toronto, Ont., Jane Stoneypoint of Thunder Bay, Ont., Phyllis McDonald of Barrie, Ont., and Sharon Dorman-Lucia of Duluth, Mn.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Darold, Melvin, Christopher, Dade, Lindsey, Christopher, Jiselle, Freddie, Wiley, Jared, Daniel, and Mason; five great-grandchildren, Jayden, Sierra, Quintin, Brady, and Casey; sister, Jean Anderson and her children, Geraldine, Dennis, Gerry, and Steve; sister-in-law, Genevive McGinnis and her children, Sonny, Leona, Beverly, Agnes, and Willie James; sister-in-law, Annie McGinnis and her children, Larry, Wayne, Wynn, Roberta, Carolyn, and Merlin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Norman was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Margaret McGinnis; sons, Norman Jr. and Robert, Harold II; daughter, Margaret Judith; an infant daughter; and siblings, Elizabeth, Alice, Ronald, and Harold.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Rev. Mr. Bob Grynol officiated, followed by interment in the Rainy River First Nations Cemetery on the hill.
Friends visited Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with vigil prayers offered at 6:30 p.m.
The pallbearers were Larry McGinnis, Raymond Wilson, Justin McGinnis, Doug Horton, Al Wilson, and Alfred Fisher.
The honourary pallbearers were Josie Potson, Dwayne McGinnis, Wynn McGinnis, Merlin McGinnis, Leona McGinnis, Beverly Wilson, Willie James, Sonny McGinnis, and Jim Wood.
In memoriam donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com