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Sam Buckshot, 81, of Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, Ont., passed away Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sam was born June 22, 1917 in Northwest Bay, Ont. and was raised in the Rainy River District. In the early 1950s, he moved to Red Lake, Ont. before returning to Manitou Rapids in the early 1980s.

He enjoyed logging, working in the bush, hunting, fishing, travelling, going to Pow-Wows, and listening to Pow-Wow music. Sam also enjoyed spending time with his dog, “Spooky.”

He was predeceased by his mother, Alice Buckshot; wife, Esther Buckshot (June 6, 1991); brother, James Buckshot; and three sisters, Agnes Cochrane, Hilda Buckshot, and Emma Buckshot.

Sam is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A traditional burial ceremony was held Saturday morning, March 20, 1999 at Rainy River First Nations Gymnasium in Manitou Rapids. Elder Garnet Councillor officiated, with interment in Rainy River First Nations Cemetery in Manitou Rapids.

A wake was held Friday evening, March 19, 1999 at Rainy River First Nations Gymnasium in Manitou Rapids.

Pallbearers were Miles Bombay, Greg Bombay Jr., Dustin Bombay, Robin Archie, Dailen Tuesday, and Jeff Morrison.

Honourary pallbearers were Rosenne Leonard, Florence Bird, Jean Bombay, Harold McGinnis Sr., Jack Hawk, and Dave DeBungie.

In memoriam donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

He waits to be called home.

He waits patiently for the Creator.

He embraces the light

that comes toward him.

He feels the warmth

from the light.

He welcomes the light

with open arms.

He accepts the new beginning

and the challenge ahead of him.

He will be at home with the Creator.

He will feel no more pain and suffering

only relief.

He will be missed here on earth.

For he has gone to a better place

where there is no more pain.