It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Herbert Bruyere, 79, of 116 Couchiching Dr., Couchiching First Nation, Ont.
Dad passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with his family by his side.
Kenneth was born March 18, 1928 at Rainy Lake, Ont. to Alfred and Esther Bruyere. While growing up, he attended the St. Margaret’s Residential School.
Kenneth was employed at the Boise Cascade pulp and paper mill in International Falls, Mn. until his retirement following 43 years of service.
He met the love of his life, Annie, in 1963. On Oct. 30, 1976, he was united in marriage to Annie and together they raised their children.
Following his retirement from the mill, Kenneth loved to work around the house. He was very passionate about his family, and loved to visit with his grandchildren, attend the local hockey games and baseball games, work on crossword puzzles, and go out for Sunday supper with his family at the Border Bar.
He also enjoyed strumming on his guitars or playing his violin.
Kenneth was a sociable person who often attended the local pow-wows, where Annie ran the local bannock wagon. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Kenneth was predeceased by his parents, Esther and Alfred Bruyere; seven brothers, Eddie, Phillip, Leonard, Claude, Bruce, Stephen, and Ronald; and six sisters, Ruth, Bertha, Lorraine, Gertrude, Sophie, and Sarah.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Bruyere of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; four children, Arleigh Bruyere of Yorkton, Sask., and Louella Bruyere (Harold Big George), Clinton Bruyere, and Elton Bruyere, all of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; three grandchildren, Kelly, Tyler, and Heather Big George; one brother, Gerald Bruyere of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are his brothers-in-law, Louis Councillor (Ernestine Johnson) and Tommy (Rita) Councillor; and sisters-in-law, Mary Smith and Jean Smith, all of Naicatchewenin First Nation, Ont., and Shirley M. Bruyere of Couchiching First Nation.
Cremation has taken place in International Falls.
A memorial service to celebrate Kenneth’s life was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Couchiching First Nation. Fr. Joseph Arockiam officiated.
Interment will take place at a later date in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
The honourary pallbearers were Gary Bruyere, Blake Bruyere, Pat Roach Sr., Dylan Simard, Walter Prince, and Lindsay Prince.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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