Big George, Daniel

With deep sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Daniel “Kakekoons” Big George on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Big Island, Ont.
Kakekoons was born July 25, 1958 to the late Robert “Ojibwa” Paypompee and Cecila “Maagomaasomook” Whitefield (nee Big George).
Kakekoons entered the Midewin lodge at the age of three. He also entered the sun dance lodge as a young man.
He spent his early years at Naotkamegwanning First Nation. He went to high school in Fort Frances, Ont. and graduated from Rainy River High School while living in Big Island.
He furthered his education in teaching the Anishinaabemowin language at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont.
He practised traditional medicine and teachings throughout his life. He was well-known in the traditional and pow-wow circle.
He was loved by many. No matter what situations faced him and his family, his humour uplifted everyone’s spirit and he always maintained a positive outlook on life.
He thought the world of his kids and grand-kids.
Kakekoons was survived by his seven children, Kyla Archie, Kyda Archie, Trivena Andy (Tyler Archie), Tamika-Jo Andy (Samuel Kingbird Sr.), Daniel Andy, Danier Andy, and Niibin Andy; and six grand-children, Maliah Archie, Zakyas Red Bear, Kourage Red Bear, Melena Archie, Ameriah-Joy Kingbird-Andy, and Juliet Kingbird-Andy.
He also is survived by his siblings, Patricia Big George, Darlene Paypompee (Mark), Darrell, Dale, Jean (Kurtis), Deyla (Tam), Penace (Frank), and Shawun; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A traditional wake was held Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 5 p.m. at the Big Island Community Centre.
A traditional service followed on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10 a.m., with Elder Sam Muskwa officiating.
Interment will take place in Big Island Cemetery.
The pallbearers will be Daniel Andy, Danier Andy, Bradley Kirkrude Sr., Bob Wilson, Mizzen Paypompee, and C.J. Gustafson.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com