It is with great sadness that the family of John “Tidlo” Jones Jr. announces the sudden passing of a son, brother, uncle, and friend.
Tidlo was born Jan. 4, 1958 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Nancy and John Jones Sr. He was raised in the community of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, where he resided all his life.
Tidlo had worked in carpentry and guiding most of his life. He recently had opened up the Community Store which he loved, running it out of his home.
John, affectionately known to everyone as “Tidlo,” was a very kind, gentle soul. He loved the outdoors; hunting and fishing were his passion. He was known as the community provider with meat, ducks, and fish.
He would spend hours fishing the “secret” spots with his very special nephew, Jeff. Often times, he would just paddle the mouth of Ottertail River, seeking deer, moose, and ducks.
He loved the nature and all of the beautiful surroundings.
Tidlo was the type of man who would do whatever he needed to do to help someone in need. He was the fire keeper of the community; he would light the scared fires for the community ceremonies and pow-wows, ensuring they were kept going and maintained.
This was his way of giving back to his community; showing his love he had for our cultural ways. He often would sit with people and listen to their stories, never passing judgement, just an ear.
Tidlo often would say “put your tobacco down and pray.” This was his way of healing.
Tidlo was a very humble, proud pipe carrier. He has found and given many eagle feathers to people who needed the strength. He was a proud Anishanabe man, who loved his cultural ways. His faith was strong and pure.
John is survived by his niidoodo (mother), Nancy Jones; sisters, Becky Kingbird (Lance) and Sue Boshey (Stacey); and brothers, Don Jones (Pam), Dennis (Laura), and Dan (Gail).
He also leaves behind his special niece, Tanya (Bob Calder) and nephews, Jeff (Ashley), Colin Jones, and Jason Jones, whom he had a special bond with.
Tidlo also leaves behind a very special “foster” daughter, Mercedes Perrault, whom he had loved with all of his heart. She will always have a special place with John; she was his “Sadie.”
Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, in which he all loved deeply.
Tidlo was predeceased by his father, John Sr.; sister, Shirlee; brother, Brian; and his infant daughter, Cheyenne Jones.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning gymnasium, with Elder Jim Windego officiating.
Interment took place at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning burial grounds.
The pallbearers were Harvey Allen, Terry Allan, Brad Windego, Dion Dick, Nolan Windego, Jim Windego Jr., and Tom Johnson Jr.
The honorary pallbearers were Mercedes Perrault, Tannis Smith, Jennifer Spoon, Andrew Atwell, Troy and Andy Kingbird, Taylor, Alyssa, and Kelsey Windego, and all his nieces and nephews, which were all like his children.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com