JAMES ARCHIE (Azh a waan kwat)

James Archie, 87, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was born June 9, 1920 in Big Grassy First Nation to the late Jack and Jean Archie.
As a young man, he joined the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps. and the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers. During WWII, he served in Canada, England, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany from 1942 to Feb. 16, 1946.
Following the war, James decided to see more of the world, travelling to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Alaska before returning to Big Grassy First Nation.
Upon returning home, he worked as a commercial fisherman for his father and guided in the Morson area.
James enjoyed visiting with friends and family, fishing, drumming, singing, and reading. He always enjoyed visiting his buddies at the Royal Canadian Legion Maj. Hughes Branch in Rainy River, Ont.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
James was predeceased by his wife, Maggie; daughter, Margaret and son-in-law, Donnie Morrison; his parents (who died while he was overseas in the army); twin brother, John; and his sister, Alice Crow.
He leaves behind his children, Sally Hawk of Winnipeg, Man., Virginia Archie of Rainy River, Ont., Verna and husband, Mark Aquash, of Dulth, Mn., Perry Archie of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., and James Archie of Ottawa, Ont.; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
A traditional wake was held Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 3 p.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation gymnasium.
A traditional service was held Monday March 10, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation gymnasium. Elder Frank Green officiated, with interment in the Big Grassy First Nation Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Dallas Bluebird, Danny Bluebird, Patrick Archie, Derrick Archie, James Archie, and Mark Aquash.
The honourary pallbearers were Chipper Bourre, Frank Tom, Katherine Kelly, Morris Shebagegit, Malcolm Jack, Christine Comegan, Josephine Prince, and all his family and friends.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Maj. Hughes Branch c/o Rainy River Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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