BONIFACE J. CORBIERE

AGE 68 YEARS

April 26, 2012 gii-shkwaawaasge maaba gchitwaa-nini; Manitoulin Health Centre gii-nji-maajaa wii-oo-naaskawaat gitziimbaniin Jemiss miinwaa Maaniis (Mendoowaabi) Kaabye; wiikaanebaniin Thomas, dawemaabaniin Honorine Peltier, Doreen Bebamikawe, miinwaa wiitaawsibniin Timmy O’Connor; wiitaabaniin gewe Clement Bebamikawe. Baatiinwan zyaag’igjin pane ge-ni-mkwenmigjin: da-kweman MaanyAan 23-nso-boon gaa-wiidsemaajin, daansan Angela Recollet, Christa miinwaa Kerry; shiimenyin Glenny (Joanna), Teresa Naokwegijig (Leonard), Shirley Nashkawa (Martin-ba), Carroll Kitchikake (Bryan-ba); wiitaawsan Danny O’Connor; ooshenyin Dakota (Paygibe Wabano) miinwaa Brett Recollet, niish gewe gchi-ooshenyin; wiitaan Eugene Peltier; niibna gewe ningnisan miinwaa wshimsan. Gii-gchinenmaan wdanwendaagnan, gii-gchi-piitendaan gewe gaa-bi-zhi-kognin, “gete-zhitwaawin” ko gaa-zhin’kaadang – wii-naadmaageng wii-mno-doodaading gewe – gii-zaagtoon gewe danwewin. 1969-2001 gii-nakii INCO moon’igning. Wiiba gii-boontaa oodi wii-naagdawenmaat daansiwaan da-kweman Toronto gii-oo-skoonwinit. The life of this gentle man came to a peaceful end on April 26, 2012 at the Manitoulin Health Centre from whence he departed to be reunited with his late father and mother, James and Mary (Manitowabi) Corbiere; his late brother, Thomas, and late sisters Honorine Peltier and Doreen Bebamikawe; late cousin Timmy O’Connor; and late brother-in-law Clement Bebamikawe. Dearly loved by those with whom he leaves many wonderful memories: wife Mary Ann with whom he walked for 23 years; daughters Angela Recollet, Christa and Kerry; brother Glenny (Joanna); sisters Teresa Naokwegijig (Leonard), Shirley Nashkawa (Martin), Carroll Kitchikake (Bryan); cousin Danny O’Connor; grandchildren Dakota (Paygibe Wabano) and Brett Recollet, and two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Eugene Peltier; and many nephews and nieces spanning three generations. He loved his cousins, valued the traditions with which he was raised which he called “the old faith” – helping one’s community and being kind to each other – and he treasured his mother tongue. He worked as an INCO miner from 1969 until 2001 and retired to help his wife further her education in Toronto while their daughters were still young. True to his values, it was his wish that others who need help benefit and, accordingly, asked that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Northern Cancer Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Holy Cross Mission or another charity of your choice be made. Rested at St. Ignatius Church, Buzwah, April 28 and 29, 2012. Funeral service was held at Holy Cross Mission on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1 pm. Cremation to follow at First Nations Crematorium. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Island Funeral Home, Little Current.