CALVIN THEODORE BOMBAY Ogimaa Binesi (Chief Thunderbird)

Bombay, Calvin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cpl. Calvin Theodore Bombay Jr. (59) of Manitou Rapids, Saturday, April 11, 2020.
Cal lived in Rainy River First Nations most of his life, travelling and living in different towns/countries over the years for work and family, but love always brought him home. He was a simple man who had a zest for life who possessed and mastered many skills.
Cal was a proud member of P.P.C.L.I. 2nd Battalion Armed Forces – Land, Parachuteer. He spent 3 years in the early 80’s stationed – Cypress, Baden-Baden, Germany. Tour of Duty/Peace Keeping.
By heart and trade he was a builder, a precise and accurate carpenter who took great pride in his work and it showed through the creations he built around the community. He was slowly fixing up his home and he was proud of the uniqueness of his work that made it his home. He enjoyed many hobbies that went in hand with his artistic abilities, which included soap stone carvings, beading and making beautiful dream catchers. In his younger days he would hunt and trap. Fishing for him was a year round constant. Spring, around this time you would find him at the rapids dip netting preparing for that first spring feast. Many times you would find him enjoying his view on his back deck, listening to tunes with a few of his buddies and his favorite beverage… Blue.
Cal was a friend to many and was well known for helping wherever and whenever he was needed. He could either be calm and quiet man or loud and laughing. I’m sure those who knew Cal, would have a lot of good memories with him and would remember all of his stories. He was a proud father to all of his kids and accepted every one of them. He loved being a grandpa and wished he could have met all his grandchildren. Cal had a big heart and he will be truly missed.
He was predeceased by his Father, Calvin R. Bombay Sr.; Maternal grandparents: Eva & Albert Medicine; Fraternal grandparents: Christina & Sam Bombay Sr.; Brother: Terrance Bombay; Infant sister: Ramona Bombay.
He leaves behind his Mother: Jean Bombay of Rainy River First Nations.
Children: Kori Oakley (Bruce) of St. Louis, Missouri. Destiny Bombay of Winnipeg, MB, Michelle Bombay of Winnipeg, MB, Tyler Bombay (Julie) of Winnipeg, MB. Leah Hunter of Manitou Rapids, Tyler Hunter of Manitou Rapids and his baby Cee-Jay Bombay of Kenora, Ontario. Step-Children Charmaine Skead, Gavin Skead, Kalo Skead all of Kenora, Ontario.
Siblings: Greg Bombay Sr. (LeeAnn), Murray Bombay (LouAnn), Karen Bombay (Mark), Kathy Bombay (John), Kim Detweiler (Wallace) all of Rainy River First Nations.
Grandchildren: Trista, Shaylene, Body, Ethaniel, Zoey, Camira, Kyler, Milia of Winnipeg, MB. Zarrick and Tayler of Winnipeg, MB. Tyler, Khloe, Gabrielle, Lincoln of Rainy River First Nations. Aiyana of Kenora, ON.
And, many nieces and nephews and friends to numerous to mention.
A visitation was held on Wednesday, April 15 from 6-8 pm and a traditional funeral will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:00 am at Northridge Funeral Home – Emo, Ontario. Interment in Rainy River First Nations.
Elder Albert Hunter Jr. will officiate and Interment will take place in Rainy River First Nations Traditional Cemetery.
The pallbearers will be Cameron Yerxa, Davis Detweiler, Myles Bombay, Dusty Bombay, Greg Bombay Jr., Jim Leonard
Honorary pallbearers: Alton Brown, Tony Bombay, Lynn Oster, Jack Hawk, Doug Horton
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to your local Royal Canadian Legion.
Please note:
Due to the COVID-19 and all the restrictions in place, we were heart broken we did not get to give our Cal the sendoff he deserved. Plans are in progress to hold a memorial later when restrictions have lifted.