It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our son, brother, uncle, and partner, Charles Wesley Smith of Naicatchewenin First Nation, Ont., on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the age of 46.
Charles Wesley was born Feb. 7, 1966 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John “Fred” Smith and the late Eliza Smith.
Wesley was an important member to the leadership of Naicatchewenin First Nation and will be greatly missed. His strength, courage, and wisdom will be hard to replace and the love he held for his community will never be forgotten.
Wesley was a very kind and caring individual. He had an avid appreciation for being outdoors; most of his time was spent outside. Snowmobiling and four-wheeling were some of the many things he loved to do.
Spending time with his family and friends also was very important to him. Wes leaves behind his best friend and loyal companion, Tubby.
Wes had an incredible sense of humour. He always could be found laughing, smiling, and telling jokes—and it usually was always at someone else’s expense. Wes loved to joke around and play tricks on everyone he knew.
He will be sadly missed by this common-law wife, Lori Smith; son, Jordan Smith; father, Fred Smith; and his brothers and sisters, Lisa, Orville, Priscilla, Doreen, Curtis, and Duane Smith.
He also will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Wendel, Braden, Alyssa, Travis, Tyler, Taryn, Monica, Darian, Kersten, Gabe, Gracie, Tim, Ben, Joelle, Zoe, and Brianna; and his great-nieces, Danielle, Annalise, and Harley Ann Smith.
He also is survived by his aunts and uncles, Gilbert, Delia, Wayne, Elsie, Lorraine, Florence, Louise, Alice, and Gerald Smith.
Wesley was predeceased by his mother, Eliza Smith, in 2009.
Tribal rituals will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 beginning at 4 p.m. at Naicatchewenin First Nation.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 30, 2012 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Naicatchewenin First Nation Community Hall, with Elder Gilbert Smith officiating.
The pallbearers will be Orville Smith, Curtis Smith, Duane Smith, Wendel Smith, Wayne Smith, Tony Marinaro, Jeremiah Windego, and Donald Smith.
The honourary pallbearers will be Clayton Windego Sr., Travis Smith, Glenn Smith, Ralph Galusha, Roger Smith, and Dennis Smith.
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