Edward Arthur “Eddie” Smith, 60, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., passed away at his residence Thursday, April 30, 1998. He was born May 17, 1937 in Northwest Bay First Nation to the late Margaret and John Smith.
Eddie was raised at Northwest Bay, and worked as a logger in the area for many years. On June 21, 1965, he was united in marriage to Mabel Sears. Following his marriage, he continued logging and working as a firefighter. He also worked as a senior citizens’ aide at Northwest Bay, and was actively involved with many traditional ceremonies.
He enjoyed trapping, fishing, country music, watching hockey, sharing stories of his past, and spending time with family and passing on his traditions to them. Eddie spoke Ojibwe fluently all of his life, and if the younger ones didn’t understand him, he still spoke to them in Ojibwe.
Eddie is survived by three daughters, Gladys (Johnson) Smith, Gloria (Johnson) Smith, and Janice Smith; three stepdaughters, Rose Smith, Elsie Wayash, and Angeline Chosa; one stepson, Steve Johnson and wife, Jocelyn; three brothers, Fred and wife, Liza, Kelvin and wife, Donna, and Gerald Smith; one sister, Delia and husband, Gilbert; nine grandchildren, Jarrett Smith, Tyson and Terrell Johnson-Jourdain, Vivian, Carrie, Jeremy, and Lauralee Johnson, and Javan and Marissa Smith; 16 step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mable Smith, on May 14, 1992; three sons, Elvis Smith, Edward Smith Jr., and one infant son; one brother, Frank Smith; and by one infant sister.
A traditional burial ceremony was held Monday, May 4, 1998 at Naicatchewenin Community Centre in Northwest Bay First Nation. Elder Billy Blackwell officiated, with interment in Northwest Bay First Nation Cemetery.
A wake was held Sunday evening at the Naicatchewenin Community Centre.
Pallbearers were Larry Jourdain, Clarence Malcolm, Glenn Smith, Dean Councillor, Dalrey Smith, and Randy Councillor Jr.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Our Father’s Last Wish
A wish to be lived by all brothers and sisters;
Reach out, stop the silence whenever we feel anger toward one another,
Find peace, express the love that our parents gave.
Life is to be cherished, the bond should not be broken, for that is what life is meant to be.
A value and a belief that our father kept in heart and in mind, shared by our people whom returned safely home to rest.