CALVIN BOMBAY SR.
“Niizhwaanikwad (two clouds)”
On Oct. 17, 2007, Calvin Bombay Sr., “Niizwaamikwad (two clouds)” of Bear Clan (70), of Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont. (originally Manitou Rapids), completed his journey here on Earth.
Leaving behind to celebrate his life are his children, Greg (Leann), Murray (Lou-Ann), Calvin Jr. (Tina), Karen (Lynn), Kathy (John), and Kim (Wally Jr.); brother, Sam Jr. (Geri); and sister, Joyce.
Calvin also leaves behind grandchildren, Patricia, Miles, Greg Jr., Dusty, Candice, Liz, Maria, Tiffany, Destiny, Michelle, Tyler, Cee-Jay, Charmaine, Corey, Camille, Jonathon, Casey, Britney, Hannah, Andrew, Cameron, Kennedi, and Davis; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and dearest friend, Jean Bombay.
Calvin was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Christina Bombay; infant daughter, Ramona; and son, Terry. He also was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred, Harry Sr., Ray, and Kenneth Sr.; his sisters, Edna and Florence; and grandson, Richard.
Throughout his life, Calvin’s occupations included guiding in hunting and fishing, wild rice harvesting, diamond and well drilling, addictions counselling, correctional inmate counselling, and consulting.
Some of his great accomplishments consisted of the founding of the Migizii Treatment Centre, being a founding father of the Manitou Rapids Fire Department, the creation of the DEAL Program-Kenora Jail, the guidance of the Manitou Rapids Youth Group, and the many contributions to the development and enhancement of Manitou Rapids during his tenure in band politics in the 1970s and 80s.
In recent years, Calvin enjoyed retirement with cooking, gardening, reading, country and gospel music, pow-wows, camping, and simply spending quality time with family and friends.
His love for fishing and hunting continued as in his last hunting trip he shot a “buck” and his last ice-fishing derby brought him $600 for first prize.
Most importantly to Calvin was finding peace and comfort with his Saviour through baptism on his 70th birthday.
A wake was held Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 from 4 p.m. at the community gymnasium on the Rainy River First Nations and funeral services on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
Officiating the funeral service was Pastor Ken Funk of Thunder Bay, Ont. and assisted by dear friend Mel Gerber, also of Thunder Bay.
The pallbearers were his grandsons, Miles Bombay, Greg Bombay Jr., Dusty Bombay, Jonathon Bombay, Tyler Bombay, and Cameron Yerxa.
The honourary pallbearers were his close family and friends, Robert Bombay, Andrew Yerxa, Lynn Oster, Wally Detweiler Jr., Joe Medicine, and Mel Gerber.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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