Gus “Mork” Copenace Jr., 20, of Onigaming First Nation, Ont., passed away as a result of an accident Friday, May 28, 1999 at Sioux Narrows, Ont.
He was born Jan. 15, 1979 in Fort Frances, Ont.
Gus was attending Onigaming High School and would have graduated from grade 12 this year. He also had worked as a firefighter. He enjoyed attending Pow-Wows and taking part in traditional ceremonies.
He was a quiet person, and he also enjoyed weightlifting.
Gus is survived by his parents, Pam and Gus Copenace Sr.; and his brother, Ricky Copenace.
He also is survived by his uncles on his father’s side, all residing in Onigaming, Anthony and Elaine Copenace, Norman and Anita Copenace, Joseph and Kathleen Copenace, Tommy and Sandra Copenace, Bobby and Marilyn Copenace, Eddie Copenace, Timothy and Sophie Copenace, and Milton Copenace; and his uncles on his mother’s side, Lawrence and Brenda Kelly of Onigaming, Harry and Leona Kelly of Fort Frances, and James Kelly Jr. of Onigaming.
Also surviving are his aunts on his father’s side, Joan Mainville of Couchiching, Mary Prozyk and Clarence Jourdain of International Falls, Mn., Jean Bishop of Thunder Bay, Patricia and Jim Greene of Kenora, and Justine and James Bell of Onigaming; his aunts on his mother’s side, all residing in Onigaming, Susan Kelly, Lisa Kelly and Lawrence Tom, Amy Kelly and Brian M. Paul, Janice Kelly and Merlin Sandy, and Loretta Kelly; and his grandparents on his mother’s side, James H. Kelly and Corrine Kelly, also of Onigaming.
He was predeceased by his grandparents on his father’s side, Flossie “Majig” and Edward Copenace Sr.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 1, 1999 at 10 a.m. at the Onigaming First Nation Gymnasium with Deacon Elmer Mainville officiating, followed by a traditional ritual conducted by Elder Bert Greene and his aunt, Evelyn Copenace.
Interment took place in the Onigaming First Nation Cemetery in Onigaming First Nation.
Pallbearers were James Kelly Jr., Greg Kelly, Bobby Copenace Jr., Timothy Copenace, Charlie Kelly, Curtis Mainville, Joseph Copenace Sr., and Orval Kelly.
Honourary pallbearers were his family and friends.
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.