Emil A. Morrisseau, 72, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont. to the late Alfred and Margaret Morrisseau. Emil had lived most of his life in Couchiching, and on June 12, 1952 was united in marriage to the former Melvina Bruyere.
Emil had worked for the J.A. Mathieu Sawmill, Sapawe Sawmill, George Armstrong Lumber, Faragher Lumber, and as a maintenance man for Couchiching First Nation.
Emil enjoyed his hobbies, carpentry, playing cards, fishing, trapping, and spending time with his family at their cabin on the lake. He also loved umping baseball games, as well as watching his children and grandchildren play baseball and hockey.
He was predeceased by two sons, Clifford and Faron; two grandchildren; three brothers, Daniel, Rodrick, and Anthony; and one sister, Margorie Bruyere.
Emil is survived by his wife, Melvina Morrisseau; eight children, Steven Morrisseau, Kerry Morrisseau, Emil Marty Morrisseau Jr. and wife, Monica, Lorne Morrisseau, Shelly and husband, George Vivian, Sandra and husband, Charlie Windego, Harlan Morrisseau and wife, Melanie Buckshot, and Dennis Morrisseau and wife, Charla, all of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; 16 grandchildren, Randy, Christopher, Leah, Jesse, Krystal, Charlie, Emily, Hilary, Heather, Courtney, Marc, Nicole, Paul, Faron, Marci, and Elizabeth; two brothers, Harry Morrisseau and wife, Louise, and Albert Morrisseau, all of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 18, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Couchiching. Father Ed Kosa O.M.I. officiated, with interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Couchiching.
Visitation was held Sunday evening from 7 until 9 p.m., with parish prayers offered at 7:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers were Charlie Windego, Harlan Faragher, Harry (Joe) Morrisseau Jr., Mickey Kearny, Dan Fraser, and George Vivian.
Honourary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Randy Morrisseau, Christopher Morrisseau, Leah Morrisseau, Jesse Morrisseau, Krystal Windego, and Hilary Morrisseau.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.