On Monday, May 26, 2014, The Reverend exited this earthly stage to take his show to the Spirit World.
Percy Tuesday was a proud and gifted Ojibway man, born on April 27, 1942 in Big Grassy River Ojibway Nation, Ont. to Robert and Martha Tuesday (nee Bluebird), the second eldest of 10 children.
He is survived and deeply missed by Delores, Martin, Rose, Lorna, and Robert.
Percy was a devoted father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and cherished friend. All were all roles that Percy celebrated and embraced with enthusiasm, commitment, and joy.
Some of his proudest moments were sharing the stage with his son, Jason.
His children, Tracy, Stephanie, Jason, Otis, and Robin, were blessed by Percy’s devotion to them, and he enjoyed his friendship with their mother, Jane. Together they adopted and fostered many other children.
Later in his life, Percy was able to be re-united with his daughter, Angeline, an occasion that brought him much joy.
He will be deeply missed by them.
As a child, Percy endured 12 cruel years in six residential schools. While he always carried these experiences, he dedicated his life to making them into something positive.
He became an addictions counsellor in an era with few supports for urban aboriginal persons and was proud to achieve 27 years of sobriety, and to have quit smoking 18 years ago.
Percy was the change he wished to see.
Percy was a loving partner to Linda. They met in 1996 at the Folklorama First Nations Pavilion and shared 18 years of intense joy with his music and their community volunteer work, and their respective families.
He is lovingly remembered and deeply-missed by Linda, and her children and grandsons.
Percy contributed his time to many organizations throughout the past 40 years, but he was especially proud of founding the Chief Big Bear Gathering in 1998, with Linda, which was held for 10 years at the Stony Mountain & Rockwood Institutions in honour of peace and healing persons in custody.
Music, mainly classic country and blues, flowed from Percy’s soul through his vocals and guitar. The gentle and soft-spoken man off-stage unleashed The Reverend under a spotlight, exploding onto Winnipeg’s music scene at the Indian & Métis Friendship Centre in the late 1960s.
He was lead vocalist for “The Feathermen Band,” which at the time was one of very few all-indigenous touring musical groups in Canada. He once was scheduled to play with Johnny Cash at Stony Mountain Institution, but the show was cancelled at the last minute due to an illness in Johnny Cash’s family.
Percy was extremely proud to be inducted into the Aboriginal Country Music Hall of Fame in September, 2013.
Percy always will be remembered for his music, dry wit, sense of humour, wisdom, traditional teachings, and storytelling, which will continue through those who loved him.
A Celebration of Life, Love and Friendship party for Percy was held on April 17, 2014 at the IMFC, where The Reverend put on his guitar and sang for a crowd one more time.
Traditional ceremonies were held May 30 and May 31, 2014 at Big Grassy, led by Elder Gilbert Smith.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com
Meegwetch, Percy. Wish we could have one more encore!