It is with great sorrow that the family of Ben Brown Sr. announces his passing on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at his home in Rainy River First Nations.
Ben was born Feb. 28, 1918 in Manitou Rapids First Nation and had lived there all of his life. He met his wife, Elizabeth Windigo, at the age of 18 and they have spent almost 70 years together.
In the past, Ben served as a court worker. He also was a former chief of Rainy River First Nations.
He enjoyed hunting fishing and trapping. He was a very traditional man who enjoyed caring for his drum and travelling to Pow-Wows. He loved spending time with his family and took great pride in their accomplishments.
He was predeceased by his parents, Dick and Ethel Brown; sisters, Helen and Nanie; brothers, Harry, Charlie, and Cecil Brown; children, Eugene, Roy, Ernest, Cecil, and Loretta Brown; grandchildren, Alana and Lori-Ann Copenace, Rachel Hunter, and Richard James Brown Bombay; and great-grandchildren, Brandi Dohmen and Sandy Brown.
Ben is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Rainy River First Nations; brother, Warren Brown of Minneapolis, Mn.; children, Lucille Eldridge of Calgary, Alta., Bernice Dohmen of St. Paul, Mn., Ben Brown Jr. of Rainy River First Nations, Elaine and Tony Copenace of Onigaming First Nation, Lou-Ann and Murray Bombay of Rainy River First Nations, and Evangeline Brown of Emo, Ont.; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2006 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium.
A traditional funeral service will take place Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium, with Gilbert Smith officiating.
Interment will take place at the Brown family plot in Rainy River First Nations.
The pallbearers will be Ernest Brown, Tony Copenace Sr., Mark Copenace, Todd Copenace, Gerry Hunter, Benny Dohmen, Garry Brown, and Dennis Dohmen Jr.
The honourary pallbearers will be Ben Brown Jr., Tony Copenace Sr., Murray Bombay, Al Hunter, Joe Hunter, Elvis Debungie, and Tom Medicine.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association, 3 Raymond St., Suite 300, Ottawa, Ont., K1R 1A3.