ELLIOTT ‘BRIAN’ LYONS ‘Gay Ghi Zhi Binase’

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Elliott “Brian” Lyons announce the sudden passing of a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many, at age 49, on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Brian enjoyed attending and participating in pow-wows. He was an accomplished singer and dancer, and was well-known on the pow-wow circuit.
He believed strongly in the native traditional and spiritual ways.
Brian had a passion for horses. Horseback riding, rodeos, and horse shows gave him much pleasure. He also enjoyed “the great outdoors, good tunes, good times, good friends and the knowledge that there is more out there waiting to be discovered.”
Brian will be sadly missed by his daughter, Fawn (Amik) Gomm; son, Nathan Lyons (Mel); grandchildren, Chaske Lyons, and Paris and Thai Gomm; parents, Dr. Richard and Marge Lyons; sisters, Verna (Lindsay) Legarde and Kathy (Ernest) Beck; and aunts and uncles, Alec, Edward, Ronald, Kenneth (Shirley), Gary, Dorothy, and Nora Lyons, Beverley (Joe) Frizado, Dorothy (Tom) Medicine, and Annie Wilson.
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, traditionally adopted brothers, and other relatives also survive.
He was predeceased by his infant grandson, Jaylen Richard Lyons; brother, Richard Jr. (“Dickie”); grandparents, Edward and Mary Lyons, and John and Agnes Speaker; aunts and uncles, Patricia “Dolly” and Robert Fenton, Dorothy “Dot” Lyons, George “Sonny” Lyons and Douglas “Budsy” Lyons, Albert Wilson, and John Speaker Jr. (“Jocker”).
Friends and family were invited to pay their last respects Saturday, March 13, 2004 from 7-9 p.m. in the Westfort Chapel (420 W. Gore St. at James).
A traditional native wake was held Monday, March 15, 2004 at the Rainy River First Nations Community Centre (Manitou Rapids). A traditional native funeral service followed Tuesday morning.
The family is gratefully accepting donations, or a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
In Brian’s words:
“Enjoy all what life offers,
you only go around once,
and once is about the most,
any of us can afford—Peace.”
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